The Informer Monthly
February 2013

Seeing Red: 6 Easy Ways to Participate in American Heart Month

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More than 1,800 hospitals and urgent care clinics across the U.S. rely on T-System's industry standard content to diagnose and treat patients presenting with chest pain.
February marks American Heart Month, a time of year when healthcare professionals are called upon to help raise awareness about heart health. Significant progress has undoubtedly been made in terms of education about cardiovascular disease since the first American Heart Month was recognized in 1963.

Nonetheless, one person will die approximately every minute due to a coronary heart event, causing heart disease to remain the leading cause of death in the U.S. This fact comes as no surprise to emergency care providers as chest pain continues to be one of the top two reasons that adults visit the ED.

In conjunction with T-System's ongoing support of American Heart Month, we compiled a list of six simple ways healthcare providers can help take a stand against heart disease.

6 easy ways you can participate in American Heart Month:
  1. Wear red on Feb. 1 to kick off the month and help raise awareness about heart disease.
  2. Refresh your knowledge on heart disease, heart attacks, cholesterol, blood pressure, obesity and more on the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute's website for healthcare providers.
  3. Share information on your Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter accounts or website using the free banners created by The Heart Truth® campaign.
  4. Form a team to participate in the American Heart Association Heart Walk.
  5. Spruce up your ED's or office's waiting room by providing heart-healthy educational materials (brochures, infographics, etc.) for patients to browse.
  6. Pledge your commitment to Be One in a Million Hearts™, a nationwide campaign that strives to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in five years.
Want more information? Find out how T-System client Ashtabula County Medical Center of Florida obtained Chest Pain Center and Heart Failure Accreditation using T Sheets®.

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