Grafton City Hospital aimed at increasing cardiovascular health

GRAFTON—The administration and employees of Grafton City Hospital are a community-minded bunch, and to show their dedication to ensuring that residents live happier, healthier lives, they recently hosted a special event to help draw awareness to an important health concern.

On Friday, the staff of the hospital donned their red and invited the public to attend their National Wear Red, Go Red for Women heart health event. The community awareness program was complete with important information, as some sweet treats for guests to enjoy.

“We had a really good turn out,” share Grafton City Hospital’s Interim President and Chief Administrative Officer George Boyles. “I would venture to say that nearly one-third of our workforce here at the hospital wore red to show support in the cause. It was good to see such a nice portion of our employees taking part in the special event.”

Grafton City Hospital was just one of the many health agencies around the nation that came together for National Wear Red Day.

The American Heart Association’s signature women’s initiative, Go Red for Women, is no longer just about wearing red and sharing heart health facts. Now, it is about all women making a commitment to stand together to take charge of their own heart health, as well as the heart health of those they could not live without.

“This is a nationwide initiative aimed at increasing awareness about cardiovascular disease,” noted Boyles. “Although the national rate of women who suffer from the disease comes in at 3.5 percent, West Virginia’s occurrence is double that, at seven percent.”

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 percent of cardiac events are preventable, yet cardiovascular disease continues to be a woman’s greatest health threat.

He said because residents within the state are more susceptible to falling victim to the potentially fatal disease, it was his belief that hosting the event was very important.

“We really like to be a proactive hospital, and this is a great program for not only us but other hospitals to take part in,” Boyles expressed.

During their Go Red for Women event, Boyles announced that the hospital would soon be launching a program that would help address both cardiovascular and stroke concerns.

“We announced that we would be rolling out our new TeleStroke program on April 1 for people who wanted to address both heart and stroke issues,” Boyles revealed. “It is a great program that will help with earlier detection, so that the concerns can be met head-on.”

Telestroke is a web-based approach to treating stroke victims who have not been admitted to a hospital. The patient could come to GCH and the provider from Morgantown would be able to assess the patient through a computer program.

Boyles said that when it comes to cardiovascular health, it is very important to have a proactive approach.

Women are urged to maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, undergo cholesterol and blood pressure checks annually, make healthy food choices and try to lower stress levels, to ensure better heart health.

“If you do start to notice symptoms such as shortness of breath, cold sweats, nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, or discomfort in your chest, shoulders or upper back, please don’t let it go,” Boyles urged.

He said that while many of the indicators of heart attack in women can be masked, it doesn’t mean that they are just as serious as a sharp pain in your chest.

For those wishing to seek medical input, Grafton City Hospital offers a couple of options.

“Patients may schedule an appointment with Cardiologist Samantha Crites during one of her clinics here at the hospital or they can come and see one of our primary care doctors, who can then refer them to additional cardiologists through our affiliation with Mon Health,” Boyles shared.

Heart Health is a very serious issue, and the folks at Grafton City Hospital are doing their part to help eradicate heart disease and stroke.


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