Thursday, September 4, 2008

Committed to improving the heart health of Bostonians

Dr. Wood working with one of her patients.

Malissa, Wood, MD, cardiologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center proudly wears scrubs with the Go Red logo.

A symbol of her commitment to the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement, Wood has made educating women about their heart health her life goal. And now the American Heart Association is recognizing her outstanding efforts.

At the Heart of Our Mission awards reception, five individuals, including Wood, who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, will receive recognition from the American Heart Association. Awardees are selected from nominations submitted by American Heart Association staff and volunteers.

According to Tara Craft, Director of the Metro Boston American Heart Assocation efforts, "Dr. Wood has never turned down an opportunity to help, and she has done everything including appearing in a special Boston Globe supplement, attending Lobby Day and speaking to women about their heart health on numerous occasions."

Most recently Wood helped launch the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center's HAPPY Hearts program for low income women in Chelsea and Revere. This program aims to develop an approach to preventing cardiovascular disease for low-income women that includes screenings and aggressive primary prevention techniques, such as exercise, smoking cessation and stress reduction. For Wood, fighting heart disease in women, particularly in the Boston area, is just a normal part of the job.

"I would like to express my gratitude to the American Heart Association for sharing this award with me. I am committed to working with the AHA to educate the Boston community about the risks of heart disease in an effort to improve the heart health of Bostonians," states Wood.

And her commitment to the Go Red movement continues. This October Wood plans to contribute once again by running a 10K in the name of the cause.

Craft remarks, "She is more than just a board member; she is a true friend to the American Heart Association."

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