Wear Red February 3

Wear Red February 3 to Build Awareness and Inspire Action

West Tennessee Healthcare leadership wear red during heart month. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and men, but many don't realize it. Friday, February 3, is our day to join together, wear a red piece of clothing and remind each other that heart disease is an issue we need to take seriously. Last year, whole staff teams at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and the community decided to wear red. Join them this year on February 3. Vote for your favorite staff photo each week in Febraury on the West Tennessee Healthcare Facebook Page.

Meet a Local Heart Hero

"Listen to your body when there is something wrong and listen to your doctor."
– Phyllis Marshall

Phyllis Marshall is a West Tennessee Heart & Vascular Center patient who had open-heart surgeryPhyllis Marshall is a survivor. A 10-year cancer survivor, Phyllis developed a pain in her chest when she started walking, so she made an appointment with her doctor. An initial stress test seemed to rule out a heart problem, but she decided to see a cardiologist, who performed a heart cath that showed five blockages.

Phyllis had open-heart surgery. Then, two months later, her chest started hurting and she started sweating. Phyllis took an aspirin and decided to go to the emergency room, where she learned she was having a heart attack. The only warning she had was lower back pain the day before, which she did not associate with her heart. A stent was placed and the next day she went home.

“Jackson-Madison County General Hospital gave me the best care," she says. "They did an excellent job and the cardiac group is just great.”

Phyllis started a healthier diet and also attended the West Tennessee Heart and Vascular Center's Cardiac Rehab program.

"It gave me back my energy, my strength, and I began to feel whole again."

Take Action

Take a HeartAware Risk Assessment

You don’t have to wonder if you are at risk for heart disease. Take this short online quiz to find out. If you are found to be at risk, one of our staff members will contact you to determine further tests.



Join the Cause

Go Red for Women is Saving Lives

Over the past 11 years, the American Heart Association's National Wear Red day has made a difference. More than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved from the Go Red iniative, according to AHA.

Women who Go Red are more likely to make healthy choices:

  • Nearly 90% have made at least one healthy behavior change.
  • More than one-third has lost weight.
  • More than 50% have increased their exercise.
  • Six out of 10 have changed their diets.
  • More than 40% have checked their cholesterol levels.
  • One third has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans

Learn more about the Go Red movement at www.goredforwomen.org.

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