To raise awareness among local women that heart disease is their #1 health threat, the Center for Cardiovascular Health at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital today announces a series of events for February to promote the Heart Truth: a nationwide effort to spread information about women and heart disease, prevention and wellness.

The month long event will include:

  • Radio series entitled Matters of the Heart (every Monday in February 9:15 AM on Live and Local)
  • Love your Heart Blood Pressure Screenings (Mondays in February 12:00 – 1:00 PM)
  • Walk this Way to Better Health fitness walks (Tuesdays at 4:30 PM and Fridays at 3:15 PM)
  • Café Chats with Cardiac Nurses for Risk Factors of Cardiac Disease (February 11 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM)
  • Rapid CPR Classes (February 19 & 26 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM)
  • Red Dress breakfast with Phaedra McDonough, APRN (7:30 AM on February 26)

According to Dr. Mark Burke, “Our February Heart Truth Event is a great opportunity to reach out to women in our community and alert them to their personal risk factors for heart disease. By joining together we can raise awareness locally about heart disease and help lead women on the path to prevention.”

The Center for Cardiovascular Health at BMH activities are in partnership with The Heart Truth, a national awareness campaign warning women about their risk of heart disease. The campaign is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in partnership with The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) and other organizations committed to the health and well-being of women.

About The Heart Truth
Although significant progress has been made in increasing awareness among women that heart disease is their #1 killer (from 34 percent in 2000 to 69 percent in 2009) most fail to make the connection between its risk factors and their personal risk of developing heart disease. A nationwide campaign, The Heart Truth, is underway to raise awareness that women need to protect their heart.

The Heart Truth created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wake-up call to American women. The Red Dress® reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, and inspires them to take action.

This national campaign is building awareness of women’s heart disease and empowering women to reduce and prevent their risk. It is reaching women with important heart health messages in community settings through a diverse network of national and grassroots partner organizations.

For more information about women and heart disease, including materials such as The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women and fact sheets about women and heart disease, please visit NHLBI or call the NHLBI Health Information Center at 301-592-8573.

For more information about upcoming cardiac events at the Center for Cardiovascular Health at BMH or to sign up, please contact Marcy Rushford at 802-257-8217 or