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Capital Regional Joins HeartCaring®

September 20, 2011

Tallahassee, FL – In response to widening recognition that women present with different heart disease symptoms than men, Capital Regional Medical Center has joined HeartCaring®, a network of hospitals committed to practicing gender-specific medicine and reducing the rate of cardiovascular disease. This national program is powered by Spirit Health Group® and activated by U.S. hospitals that ascribe to the highest standards of excellence in women’s health, education, and community outreach.

“While we’ve known for some time that heart disease is the leading cause of death of women in this country, it’s only recently that we’ve begun to understand what we can do to better prevent and treat cardiovascular disease in women,” said Bud Wethington, President and CEO of Capital Regional Medical Center. “We joined HeartCaring because we believe it will bring our primary care physicians and patients together and help women take action to reduce their personal risks for cardiovascular disease.”

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S. and takes the lives of one in four women each year. To help women in the Big Bend live healthier lives and learn their cardiovascular disease risk, Capital Regional is offering free Heart Caring Health Screenings on Thursday, September 22 and Thursday, September 29. Screenings will help to diagnose Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D), a clogging of the leg arteries that can be life-threatening if left untreated. Doctors Afolabi Sangosanya and Niraj Pandit will share more ways to prevent heart disease while guests enjoy heart healthy refreshments. To register, call (850) 325-3627.