EMMC Celebrates Heart Month with Awareness Activities

02/18/2016

(Bangor, Maine) — Every day in Maine, an average of nine people die from cardiovascular disease or stroke. Knowing that education saves lives, this National Heart Month, EMMC is raising awareness with events for patients, staff, and the community.

  • February 5 – EMMC Go Red for Women Day: As part of a national initiative to promote women’s heart health, EMMC encourages employees, and everyone in the community, to show support by wearing red on Friday, February 5. Anyone wearing red will get a free piece of fruit in the Cafeteria. The Heart Care team will be on hand to distribute information with an emphasis on women’s heart disease.
  • February 5, 7 p.m. – Heart Care at UMaine Hockey: Also on Go Red for Women Day, the EMMC Heart Care team will spread the healthy heart message to the community at the UMaine vs. Providence men’s hockey game at Alfond Arena. Attendees will receive helpful heart healthy tips and have a chance to win Heart Care T-shirts.
  • February 11, 5:30 pm – Free TAVR Informational Session: Join us at Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road, Bangor, to learn about a new valve procedure at EMMC called TAVR that may provide new hope to patients who have been told that heart surgery is too risky. A dinner of wraps and soup will be served at 5:30 pm, followed by the presentation at 6 pm. To find out more or to register, call 973-5870 or visit Heart.EMMC.org.
  • All month long (February 25 Celebration) – EMMC Close to My Heart Fest: Throughout February, the community can pledge to this virtual fundraiser to benefit EMMC Heart Care. Close to My Heart Fest will end with a celebration on February 25 from 2 to 4 pm at the University of Maine Memorial Gym. To sign up, visit emmc.kintera.org/closetomyheartfest, or for more information, call 973-5055 or email foundation@emhs.org.
  • All February — Always Remarkable Heart Questions: EMMC’s Always Remarkable site (alwaysremarkable.emmc.org) is a place where people can watch videos about heart care and submit their own questions for a response from our experts.


“We’re incredibly excited about all of these events, and to get the word out about how we can all keep our hearts healthy,” says Deborah Richards, RN, BS, Heart Care administrator. “We hope to get the community involved in these events. Education and awareness save lives.”

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For more information, please contact us at emmcmediarequest@emhs.org or 973-9530. On Friday, February 5, Fahad Alsindi, MD, a cardiologist with EMMC Northeast Cardiology, will be on hand at 11 am to talk with members of the media about women’s heart health.