Heart Health Tips From Fostoria’s ‘Go Red’ Event

Maybe you watched the 2015 Oscars last Sunday rooting for your favorite film of the past year, or rating the actresses Red Carpet fashion ensembles. But did you know that while Hollywood was celebrating its cinematic achievements in February, women across the country have been honoring American Heart Month?

In true Oscar fashion, ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital presented its 11th Annual Fostoria Red Dress Luncheon in support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement on Friday, February 6, 2015. The event welcomed more than 150 guests and raised over $500, in tips alone, for the American Heart Association, while also raising awareness on heart disease — the No. 1 killer of women and men in the United States.

Sashem Brey from 13 ABC News served as the event’s official correspondent, interviewing several experts in the cardiovascular and wellness fields. Below are six of the “Best Of Moments” from the luncheon’s speakers.

In this exclusive interview from the luncheon, ProMedica Wellness Dietitian Nathan Drendel discusses how proper nutrition contributes to good heart health. He also shares a few of his favorite heart-healthy foods with us.

As an obstetrician and gynecologist with ProMedica Physicians, Marjorie DeMund, MD, makes women’s health a top priority. During the event, Dr. DeMund shared health tips especially helpful for women and their heart health.

Another guest of honor at this year’s Fostoria Red Dress Luncheon was ProMedica Wellness nurse, Becky Bouillon, who discussed some of the preventive measures women can take to reduce their risk of heart disease, including maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthy and quitting tobacco.

After a major heart event, such as a stent, open heart surgery, heart attack, or even congestive heart failure, patients can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation. Registered respiratory therapist Cathy Swisher made her way up the red carpet to discuss the benefits of ProMedica’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

Heart attacks present different symptoms in men and women. At the Fostoria Red Dress Luncheon earlier this month, Mohammed Maaieh, MD, with ProMedica Physicians Cardiology warned about the warning signs women should pay attention to.

Janet Sears, a registered nurse at ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital has played the role of both caregiver and patient. In fact, January marked the one-year anniversary of her heart attack. We will never forget Janet’s brave and emotional interview during the 2015 Fostoria Red Dress Luncheon.

To learn more about National Heart Month and Women Go Red, please visit the American Heart Association’s website.