CALEXICO – In an effort to promote heart health, employees from Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District in both the Brawley and Calexico clinics took action and wore red to raise awareness about heart disease Friday, February 1. Group photos were taken at the clinics to help kickoff Heart Health month for February.
Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District (PMHD) is affiliated with Scripps Health Network.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that one in four deaths are caused by heart disease, and it is also the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States each year. Attributing factors to heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking.
“It’s a national initiative to create awareness for heart disease. It is an issue in our community, and hopefully, we have preventative measures to bring that number down,” said Karina Lopez, PMHD Public Affairs liasion. "The most important factor is taking blood pressure and making sure people know what the numbers mean. It’s a lot more prevalent than what people are aware of.”
“They have to go to their primary doctor, (and) get check ups, because that leads one thing to another," said PMH nurse Frances Carvajal. “About 30 people come in to our urgent care and in any case of emergency, we call an ambulance to take patients to the hospital if needed.”
“A lot of people with heart diseases don’t feel anything and then it’s too late - so it’s best to have an early check up, and if they have more severities, they have to make sure to follow up," said PMH nurse Juanita Gonzalez.
More information on heart disease prevention will be posted on PMH's social media so people can become aware and make appointments for check ups if needed, hospital officials said.