Winter 2012 - A Message from the President
February 13, 2012
Dear Friends of Heywood,
One of the great advantages of the New Year - it provides us with a fresh opportunity to make some healthy changes. February is Heart Month, and it is the perfect time for all of us to evaluate our heart health and see what we can do to improve it.
It is impossible to find a person or family that has not been affected by cardiovascular disease. According to the 2012 American Heart Association Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics, more than 2,200 Americans die each day of cardiovascular disease – that is one person every 39 seconds. More than one third of Americans have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and 23% of men and 18% of women still smoke - the single most preventable cause of death in the nation.
Together, we can make meaningful changes in our heart health. Visit www.heywood.org to access great resources to get you started. You’ll find healthy eating and exercise ideas that will keep your heart pumping and information on Quit to Win, our proven smoking cessation class held on Wednesdays every week.
And, this year consider giving a gift from the heart for your Valentine – a gift certificate for a Cardiac CT Calcium Score Scan. No physician referral is required for this quick, non-invasive test which uses high-speed computerized tomography (CT) to measure calcium deposits present in plaque in your arteries. The more plaque the higher the calcium score, and your risk for heart disease. Specially priced at $69 for Heart Month, it could be a true gift of life for your loved one.
This February – Heart Month - let’s all make the commitment to small changes that can have a big impact on our health. Remember, the road to a healthier lifestyle starts with a single step in the right direction, and Heywood Hospital is here to help lead the way.
Your Partner in Health,
Winfield S. Brown, FACHE
President & CEO, Heywood Hospital