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Published on February 01, 2010

Community Hospital Goes Red for Women on February 5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Brenda Moore (831) 625-4544

MONTEREY, Calif. - The entry plaza at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula will "go red" on Friday, February 5 as part of the national campaign to educate women about heart disease - their No. 1 killer.

The cypress tree at Community Hospital's entrance will be lighted in red at 5 p.m. Friday and every evening afterward through February, in recognition of the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" campaign and American Heart Month.

Women throughout the community are encouraged to wear red on Friday. More than 227,000 women die of heart disease each year, five times the number of women who die from breast cancer. The "go red" campaign works to raise awareness of heart disease - and what people can do to prevent it.

Through its Tyler Heart Institute, Community Hospital offers a heart-health program designed especially for women. The Women's Heart Risk Assessment takes a comprehensive look at an individual's personal risk for heart disease. It includes lab tests, a risk assessment, and an individual consultation with a cardiologist. Recommendations for further testing are provided, if necessary, and a personalized plan for reducing risk is developed, including the latest information on prevention.

Heart attack warning signs in men and women can include chest pain with shortness of breath, pain in one or both arms, pain or pressure in your chest, back, neck, jaw, shoulder, or stomach. But there are additional warning signs that can be unique to women: nausea or dizziness without chest pain, shortness of breath or dizziness without chest pain, unexplained fatigue, weakness, cold sweats, paleness, sense of impending doom, discomfort, pain or pressure between shoulder blades, or indigestion or gas-like pain,

Learn more about heart health online at www.chomp.org, or call the Women's Heart Risk Assessment program at (831) 625-4765.

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, founded in 1934 and located at 23625 Holman Highway in Monterey, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit, integrated healthcare provider delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through 15 locations, including outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. For more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, visit www.chomp.org.