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Massena Memorial Hospital Will Celebrate National Wear Red Day in February

January 31, 2019

February is almost here, which means so is American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day. To celebrate this month and day, Massena Memorial Hospital is asking employees and the community to wear red on Friday, February 1st. There will even be a basket of apples in the hospital lobby for patients on this day, and everyone who wears red will receive an apple for free. Wearing red on this day symbolizes that MMH is focused on raising awareness for cardiovascular conditions, especially heart disease.
National Wear Red Day is celebrated annually on the first Friday of February, and it has been since 2002. During that year, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute established Wear Red Day as a national celebration to raise awareness for heart disease and encourage others to do the same. Massena Memorial Hospital is excited to be a part of celebrating this day and raising awareness for one of the many health problems that affects numerous Americans.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. Every year, heart disease claims the lives of more than 600,000 people. Since many individuals develop and die from heart disease each year, it is important for people to be aware if they are at an increased risk of developing this health problem. Risk factors for heart disease include having diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Individuals who choose to smoke or consume large amounts of alcohol regularly, fail to exercise, or have a poor diet and are overweight or obese put themselves at an increased risk as well.
 As a result of asking employees to wear red for American Heart Month on Friday, February 1st, MMH hopes for the community to recognize the importance of focusing on their health and minimizing their chances of developing heart disease. Avoiding the aforementioned risk factors can help, and so can routine wellness visits to your primary care provider. Massena Memorial Hospital also has a great cardiology team that is committed to providing high-quality cardiac care, and this team includes Physician Assistant Erika Thompson and Board Certified Cardiologists Aderonke Adeniyi, MD, and Nidal Makhoul, MD.
For more information on heart disease prevention, please visit the following link from the hospital’s health library.,P00237
About Massena Memorial Hospital (MMH)- MMH is a full-service 50-bed community hospital with the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval/Accreditation. MMH serves approximately 42,000 residents in the northern most part of St. Lawrence County. The hospital’s medical staff includes over 47 physicians in 15 specialties. The hospital’s programs, facilities and services reach all segments of the North Country. Furthermore, MMH's Outreach programs bring medical/health care to the community in the following clinics: North Country Women’s Health Center, Brasher Falls and Louisville Family Health, Kids Korner Pediatric and Adolescent Center, two Medical Groups, along with specialty clinics to include ENT, Plastic Surgery, Neurology, Nephrology, Cardiology, and General Surgery/Wound Care. MMH’s mission rings true today as it did in 1952 when the hospital opened its doors, which is to provide quality care within an acute healthcare environment by a professional staff in a compassionate and cost effective manner.