Women are ‘going red’

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The Go Red for Women luncheon Executive Leadership Team (pictured from left to right): Ellen Richardson, Laura Gooszen, Hedy Hebert, 2014 Go Red for Women Chair Lea Desmarteau, Amy Stafford, Melissa Parkerson, and Dianne Schick.

Luncheon to raise heart disease awareness

CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier is sponsoring the 2014 Go Red Luncheon, to be held in concert with the Northwest Louisiana American Heart Association (AHA) on Thursday, Feb. 6 at Horseshoe Casino.

The luncheon is a part of Go Red For Women movement, an initiative sponsored by AHA.

According to cardiologist Jon Davis, M.D., CHRISTUS Cardiology Group, awareness of heart disease is key.

“Women don’t always have the same symptoms as men when it comes to heart issues,” he said. “Being aware of the risk factors and the symptoms is key to saving more women’s lives.”

The Go Red luncheon will feature a “Know Your Numbers” Health Fair at the Horseshoe Casino Riverdome from 10-11:30 a.m. In addition to health stations, several physicians will speak and answer questions on heart health-related topics.

The Health Fair will feature the following stations:

HEALTH SCREEN CHECK IN: Welcome/ Form Pickup

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS: Height, Weight, Body Mass Index (BMI)

WAIST MEASURE – which serves as a good indicator for future heart disease

CHOLESTEROL CHECK via finger stick

BLOOD PRESSURE check

CONSULTATION with Dr. Susan Kemp, Chief of Medicine at CHRISTUS, CHRISTUS Cardiology physicians and their Physician Assistants.

The providers will review a participant’s screening outcomes, answer any questions, make recommendations on next steps for the participant, and make follow-up appointments if necessary, or connect them with PhysicianFinder to help them choose a primary care provider.

Luncheon attendees may visit all or some of the stations. The health fair is slated for 10-11:30 a.m. when the seating begins for the luncheon.

Keynote speaker for the Go Red Luncheon is Mark McEwen, journalist and TV news personality. Formerly an anchor for “CBS This Morning” and weather and entertainment reporter for “The Early Show,” Mark suffered a stroke in 2005 and has written a book about that experience and his recovery.

To register for the luncheon, contact sarah.baker@heart.org or call 318-347-3122.