Friday, February 1, 2008

Two doctors “dress up” for heart health

Two Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center physicians recently “dressed up” for the Go Red in Your Own Fashion show in the South End’s Sara Campbell Boutique.

The American Heart Association sponsored event gathered Mass General Hospital Heart Center cardiologists Malissa Wood, MD, and Stephanie Moore, MD, local female heart and stroke survivors, and significant others of the Boston Bruins to model the 2008 red Sara Campbell spring line.

Before the fashion show, Wood told the crowd that everyone can take steps to prevent heart disease.

"Talk to your sisters, your moms, your friends. Get them to understand the importance and the significance of heart disease and women’s lives, and to take action in their own lives," encouraged Wood.

She reviewed a few preventive actions that reduce the risk of heart disease, and explained that small steps such as improving your nutrition, exercising regularly and reducing levels of stress improve cardiovascular health.

"Get out there and move. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily life. At least try to move 30 to 40 minutes a day four to five days a week," explained Wood. "If you can do that, regardless of your cardiovascular risk, you will cut it in half or more."

Proceeds from the event, including 10 percent of the entire February proceeds, will go towards the American Heart Association’s Go Red movement to eradicate heart disease in women.

Heart disease and stroke are the number one and number three killers of women over the age 20, claiming the lives of more than 460,000 women each year - about one per minute. That is more lives than the next four causes of death combined, and nearly twice as many as all forms of cancer, including breast cancer.

"I think we need to look at those numbers and realize that we can take action in our own lives to change the future," said Wood.

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