Dukes Memorial Hospital kicks off National Heart Month with “Go Red for Women”

PERU, Ind. (Feb. 2, 2018) – Dukes Memorial Hospital is today recognizing the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® campaign and celebrating National Heart Month to help raise awareness and save more lives. With approximately 2,300 Americans dying of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of one death every 38 seconds, chances are we all know someone affected by heart disease and stroke. But together we can change that. 

Fortunately, 80 percent of cardiac events such as premature heart disease, stroke and diabetes may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. The biggest part of living healthy comes down to simply making healthy choices. While you can’t change things like age and family history, the good news is that even modest modifications to your diet and lifestyle can improve your heart health and lower your risk.

In addition to raising awareness during Heart Month, Dukes is also committed to providing quality cardiac services year-round by having a dedicated full-time cardiologist, Roderick Sawyer, MD, FACC, caring for patients in Miami and surrounding counties. He educates his patients about taking charge of their healthcare by knowing their numbers, medications and asking questions. He is committed to providing central Indiana with quality, patient-centered cardiac care. 

Dukes is an accredited Chest Pain Center by the American College of Cardiology. Through accreditation, it has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of ACC’s accreditation review specialists. Dukes has been an accredited Chest Pain Center since 2011. 

“The Chest Pain Center accreditation shows the dedication of our physicians and team members to providing life-saving services to our patients,” said Deb Close, CEO, Dukes Memorial Hospital. "While cardiac and stroke events continue to be the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S., we will continue to focus on enhancing heart health education and rapid response times. Together we can become a healthier Miami County.”

Dukes encourages the community to unite to prevent heart disease and stroke. That’s why it’s encouraging everyone to put their heart into Go Red during February.

G: GET YOUR NUMBERS  Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.
O: OWN YOUR LIFESTYLE  Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy It’s up to you. No one can do it for you.
R: RAISE YOUR VOICE  Advocate for more women-related research and education.
E: EDUCATE YOUR FAMILY  Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach kids the
importance of staying active.
D: DONATE  Show your support with a donation of time and money.

About Dukes Memorial Hospital
Dukes Memorial Hospital is a community healthcare provider serving north central Indiana. This 25-bed, critical access facility based in Miami County is committed to providing the highest standard of quality healthcare. More than 400 healthcare professionals strong, Dukes offers inpatient and outpatient care, medical imaging, medical and surgical care, emergency diagnostics and much more. Team members work hard every day ensure a place of healing, caring and connection for patients and families. For more information about Dukes Memorial Hospital, or to find a physician, visit DukesMemorialHosp.com or call (765) 472-8000.

About the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit heart.org. 


For further information contact:
Rachel Neighbors
Director of Marketing
Dukes Memorial Hospital

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