WEAR RED DAY
A LETTER FROM OUR PUBLISHER
We are proud to present a unique way
to call attention to what is known as the
One in three deaths among women
in the United States each year is a direct
result of heart disease. This killer delivers
a fatal blow to more women in this country
than all cancers combined, according to
the American Heart Association.
The situation calls for everyone to be
alert, which is why the American Heart
Association designated the first Friday of
February as “Go Red For Women Day.”
It’s also why we’re “going red” —
as we seek to make everyone aware
of the dangers of heart disease, and
the importance of paying attention to
Why red? It’s not just because our blood
is red. The color is often associated with
power, passion, determination, strength,
love — all qualities that we need in order
to protect ourselves and our loved ones
from the “silent killer.”
Heart disease should be a personal
issue for us all. We all know someone in
our lives who lives with the complications
day in and day out.
But many others have the symptoms
of heart disease and do not know it.
Last year, Jennifer Goodstein,
former publisher of this paper, wrote
about her diagnosis with hypertrophic
cardiomyopathy (HCM), a genetic disease
that causes the thickening and scarring
of heart muscle. She had to undergo open
heart surgery to have it treated.
Like so many others, Jennifer lived
a very healthy life before her diagnosis
— exercised regularly, never smoked, no
Jennifer sought help from a
cardiologist at NYU Langone, Dr.
Mark Sherrid, who reassured her that
the condition is “highly treatable” as
long as it’s “recognized and treated
Awareness is so critical toward
stopping the “silent killer” from striking
you or someone you love. Heart disease
has many symptoms — shortness of
breath, sudden fatigue, dizziness upon
standing, even indigestion.
If you or a loved one experiences any of
these symptoms frequently, seek medical
Make sure you visit your doctor at
least once a year for a physical. If your
doctor refers you to a cardiologist for
additional tests, follow through and get
If you’re prescribed medication to
treat your ailments, take your doses as
Above all, take care of yourself. Eat
right. Exercise regularly.
You only have one life — live it to the
fullest and the healthiest!
is proud to support the
American Heart Association’s
To learn more about cardiology services at
NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, please call
To schedule an appointment with a primary care
provider, call (718) 334-2715.
For more information on our health services, please visit
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