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Monday, February 5, 2018

Loyola Wears Red to Kick Off American Heart Month

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MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola Medicine colleagues wore red on Friday, February 2 in recognition of American Heart Month and the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign.
The Go Red for Women campaign takes place on the first Friday in February with the goal of raising awareness of heart disease in women. 

Heart disease develops when a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside your coronary arteries. The buildup of plaque in your arteries causes a reduction in flow of oxygen-rich blood to your heart, leading to potential heart attack and damage to your heart.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular diseases and stroke cause 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke. 

Traditional heart disease risk factors such as high cholesterol, hypertension and obesity are present for women and men. However, there are additional risk factors that are more specific to women, and may include:
  • Stress
  • Work-life balance
  • Postmenopausal state
  • Diabetes
  • Emotional distress
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Taking birth control pills
  • Undergoing hormone replacement therapy
Heart disease can impact women of all ages. Recognizing and managing your risk factors is important to your long-term health and well being. Loyola Medicine’s cardiology and heart surgery program, ranked 18th in the country by U.S. News & World Report, will work with you to monitor your risk factors and develop a plan to help you maintain a healthy heart.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.