LAMC Joins the American Heart Association in Campaign against U.S.’s No. 1 Killer – Cardiovascular Disease – during Heart MonthSep 5, 2019
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. – Feb. 4, 2016 – During American Heart Month in February, Los Alamitos Medical Center, Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center, Lakewood Regional Medical Center and Placentia-Linda Hospital will join with the American Heart Association in a comprehensive month-long campaign designed to educate the community about cardiovascular disease, including a free online risk assessment.
Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States, resulting in nearly 801,000 deaths in 2013. More than one in three American adults has some form of cardiovascular disease. The four hospitals offer a comprehensive network of potentially life-saving cardiac and stroke services at convenient, easily accessible locations in their communities. They have also increased their sponsorship with the AHA to provide greater support, patient education and community outreach regarding cardiovascular and heart disease.
“Fast, accurate diagnosis and treatment of heart attack, stroke and cardiac disease can be critical to survival,” said B. Joseph Badalian, CEO of Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center. “Our four hospitals offer high-quality cardiac and stroke services right here in our local communities. As a team of highly skilled associates and physicians, we clearly see the importance of early interventions in saving lives.”
“Raising public awareness of the risks associated with cardiovascular disease is critical,” said Kent Clayton, CEO of Los Alamitos Medical Center. “People often aren’t aware that they are at risk. That’s why tools like our risk assessment calculator are so important.”
As part of the campaign, the four hospitals will offer a variety of activities and resources to increase community and patient awareness of heart disease. These include:
- Online Risk Assessment Test – Residents can assess their risk for heart disease by filling out a brief online questionnaire. Those whose risk for cardiovascular disease is found to be high will receive a referral to a local specialist. People considered at medium or low risk will receive follow-up emails with detailed information about cardiovascular disease and healthy eating. The link is www.OCHealthCheck.com/HeartRisk.
Public Service Announcement – A 30-second public service announcement sponsored by the three hospitals will encourage walking for heart health and will be shown on local TV stations throughout Heart Month.
- Free Informational Flyers – Flyers with educational information and tips about how to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease will be made available to visitors to the four hospitals throughout February.
- National Wear Red Day – Events will be held at the hospitals in recognition of National Wear Red Day on Feb. 5, which is designed to raise awareness of the fact that heart disease and stroke kill one in three women, more than all cancers combined, yet they are 80 percent preventable.
- Orange County Heart & Stroke Walk/Run – Heart Month activities will culminate with participation by hospital employees, physicians and family members in the AHA’s 35th Annual Orange County Heart & Stroke Walk/Run on March 5 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
“We are proud to join with the American Heart Association to get the message out about the importance of heart health and to support the important work our hospitals are doing to fight cardiovascular disease and stroke,” said John Grah, CEO of Lakewood Regional Medical Center.
Audrey Gregory, CEO of Placentia-Linda Hospital, added, “Our four hospitals, working collaboratively with the AHA, are dedicated to reducing the toll from heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases by 20 percent by the year 2020.”