For Immediate Release: February 9, 2017
AtlantiCare staff and providers wore red clothing and accessories on February 3— the American Heart Association’s 14th Annual National Wear Red Day®— to raise awareness of cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke.
Throughout the month, patients, visitors, and staff will see the exterior of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Mainland Campus and the walkway between the Caesar’s Parking Garage and ARMC Atlantic City Campus, glow red to promote heart health.
“Participating in National Wear Red Day® is one of the ways we hope to enhance awareness about the risk for cardiovascular disease among women,” said Vineshkumar K. Patel, M.D., associate director, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Division of Cardiology. “It’s important for women and men to know their risk for cardiovascular disease and to manage risk factors they can modify, treat, or control through medication and lifestyle changes. During American Heart Month and all year, we stress this and the urgency of dialing 911 for heart attack symptoms rather than driving yourself or a loved one to the hospital.”
Patel said heart attack symptoms can include:
Chest discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
For more information about heart attack risk factors or symptoms, visit the American Heart Association’s website.
For symptoms, dial 911.
AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,500 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 70 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013.