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Allegheny Health Network Supports Go Red for Women and National Heart Month with February Events across the Network

Friday, January 31, 2020

PITTSBURGH, Pa. Allegheny Health Network (AHN) facilities will recognize National Heart Month and the ‘Go Red for Women’ campaign by hosting a series of events to promote prevention and increase awareness of cardiovascular disease across the country. The events will bring together clinicians and caretakers to educate patients, visitors and employees on how to best focus on their hearts and adopt healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease, especially in women.

Go Red for Women is an American Heart Association (AHA) global initiative to end heart disease and stroke in women as it continues to be the number one killer, more than all forms of cancer combined. The initiative places a strong emphasis on early screenings, modified lifestyles, education and awareness. Joining the AHA’s nationwide call, AHN is encouraging all of its employees to dress in red on Friday, Feb. 7 in celebration of National Wear Red Day. 

“Many of the contributing factors for heart disease are preventable by changing unhealthy habits. We believe about 75 percent of risk factors that lead to heart disease are modifiable, meaning we have a lot of control over our health. Genetic-induced heart disease isn’t as impactful as we once thought. I think that ‘it’s all genes’ is a common misconception,” said Anita Radhakrishnan, MD, attending cardiologist at the AHN Women’s Heart Center in a recent interview.

The AHN Women’s Heart Center, a part of the Division of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at AHN Cardiovascular Institute, supports women through effective, preventative measures, the latest technology and tools to diagnose heart disease, and holistic, gender-specific care paths. In addition, clinicians work closely with patients to promote heart-healthy lifestyles, proper diets, exercise, sleep schedules and stress management.

The AHN Women’s Heart Center also wraps women in fully coordinated care by closely aligning with AHN OB/GYN and oncology practices to provide the highest quality of care for the hearts of women who may be expecting or undergoing cancer therapies. Led by Valentyna Ivanova, MD, an attending AHN cardiologist and director of the AHN cardio-oncology team, the program establishes purposeful pathways for patients to manage side effects of treatment that impact the heart.

“Throughout their lifetimes, women experience significant milestones that can impact their hearts – from pregnancy to menopause to a life changing cancer diagnosis.  The AHN Women’s Heart Center is a part of a nationally-recognized cardiovascular program known for innovation, clinical excellence and compassionate care. We leverage our combined expertise to safeguard the hearts of our patients during every important stage of life,” said Indu Poornima, MD, cardiologist and director of the Division of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in AHN’s Cardiovascular Institute.

“Allegheny Health Network is once again proud to partner with the American Heart Association on the Go Red For Women movement, one of many initiatives on which we work closely with the AHA,” said Srinivas Murali, MD, System Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine for AHN. “Progress is being made in the battle against cardiovascular disease, but there is still work to be done as more than 90 million men and women in the U.S. have some form of this disease. With events like those planned at AHN in February, we hope to be able to continue to reduce risks and, ultimately, improve patient outcomes.”

Go Red for Women and Heart Month events at AHN in February include the following:

Allegheny General Hospital
320 E North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

  • On Feb. 5, 10, 12, 17 and 24 from noon to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria: AHN caretakers will offer free blood pressure screenings

Allegheny Valley Hospital
1301 Carlisle St, Natrona Heights, PA 15065

  • Friday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in cafeteria conference room: get healthy living tips from the AHA and members of the hospital’s cardiovascular institute team; blood pressure screenings, healthy snacks and chances to win a ‘Go Red’ gift basket will be available.

Canonsburg Hospital
100 Medical Blvd, Canonsburg, PA 15317

  • Every Friday throughout February from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the cafeteria: Paper Heart/AHN shirt sales
  • Friday, Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in cafeteria: Cupcake Wars Tournament; a fun opportunity to show off creative cupcake skills while raising awareness of Heart Month. Prizes will also be available for the top three winners.
  • Thursday, Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in McNary B: ‘Race to No Place,’ a fun-filled competition on stationary exercise bikes; prizes will be available for the top three winners.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to noon, McNary A: ‘Lunch & Learn’ session where participants can enjoy a delicious, heart-healthy lunch prepared by the hospital dietary department and learn more about women’s heart health from host Maria Druchniak, MPAS, PA-C.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26 from noon to 2 p.m., McNary B: Health and Wellness Fair featuring a variety of local organizations including Planet fitness, Barre 3, HealthSource of Washington, Townview Health, Young Living & Southpointe massage and Rehabilitation Center, among others. AHN caretakers will also be on-hand to provide information on proper exercise and healthy eating; blood pressure and BMI screenings will be offered as well as prizes.

Forbes Hospital
2570 Haymaker Rd, Monroeville, PA 15146

  • Friday, Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Forbes learning centers and hallway to cafeteria: Get healthy living tips from the AHA and Forbes Hospital’s Cardiovascular Institute team, as well as blood pressure screenings, shoulder massages, chiropractic evaluations, express manicures, complimentary nail services, and onsite access to various vendors. Early bird attendees will receive a complementary gift bag.

Jefferson Hospital
565 Coal Valley Rd, Jefferson Hills, PA 15025

  • Throughout February, newborns at Jefferson Hospital will wear red caps for the “Little Hats, Big Hearts” program with the AHA.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the J Café. Cupcake Wars competition and bake sale, proceeds benefiting American Heart Association.

Saint Vincent Hospital
Multiple Locations

Saint Vincent Hospital has partnered with the YMCA and AHA to host local community health and wellness fairs. These free events are open to the public and will offer refreshments, vendors, and health talks with AHN physicians:

  • Thursday, Feb. 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Glenwood YMCA
  • Saturday, Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Downtown YMCA
  • Saturday, Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Strong Vincent Middle School
  • Thursday, Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Corry YMCA

West Penn Hospital
4800 Friendship Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

  • Feb. 7, 12, 16 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Wintergarden: AHN caretakers will offer free blood pressure screenings.