In support of 'Go Red for Women,' Wadley Regional Medical Center is participating in the National Wear Red Day and will host a reception from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 in the community room at the Wadley Senior Clinic.

In support of "Go Red for Women," Wadley Regional Medical Center is participating in the National Wear Red Day and will host a reception from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 in the community room at the Wadley Senior Clinic.

According to the news release, the event will have important heart health information, free blood screenings and blood pressure checks. Heart-healthy snacks with recipe cards, a free gift for every woman dressed in red and a chance to meet some of the providers of the Wadley HeartCare Network will also be available.

On the first Friday of every February, which is designated as American Heart Month, the nation comes together, igniting a wave of red from coast to coast. Why? Because unfortunately, cardiovascular disease in the U.S. kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds.. However, 80% of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red for Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women's heart health.

Below are some risk factors:

  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Lack of regular activity
  • Obesity or overweight
  • Diabetes

The above risk factors can be controlled or treated  with lifestyle changes and your healthcare provider's help.