On Thursday, February 23, 2017, The Valley Hospital Foundation hosted the Go Red for Women Fashion Show at Seasons in the Township of Washington to benefit Valley’s Cardiac Screening Program. Approximately 150 guests attended the fund raising event.

Neiman Marcus showcased a fashion collection from numerous fashion designers, and professional models wore a variety of styles ranging from informal everyday attire to evening gowns, all including the many shades of red.

High Prevalance of Cardiovascular Disease in Women

Mary C. Collins, RN, MSN, APN-BC, Director, Cardiac Surgery and Cardiac Specialty Programs at Valley, spoke passionately to a female crowd regarding the subtle symptoms of heart attack as well as the remarkably high prevalence of cardiovascular disease in women. She also provided educational information about healthy heart living, helpful tips regarding detecting potential risk for heart disease, and steps toward prevention.

Cardiovascular Disease Number One Cause of Death in U.S.

“Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, and it takes the lives of more women than men.” Collins insisted, “Get yourself screened! Be good sisters to each other and share this information with your sisters, mothers, daughters, nieces and BFFs.”

Valley Health Cardiac Screening Program

Valley’s cardiac screening program is unique, and includes a review of individual risk factors, physical examination, and a personalized plan to reduce each individual's overall risk profile. About 80% of cardiovascular disease can be prevented by incorporating a heart healthy lifestyle, so relevant educational tools are provided as take home.

To make an appointment for a free cardiac screening by a specially-trained nurse practitioner, click here or call 201-447-8535.

Established in 1980 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, The Valley Hospital Foundation raises funds that support the diverse programs and services of the Valley Health System. The Foundation accepts contributions in the form of: direct cash gifts and pledges, matching corporate gifts, planned gifts and naming opportunities. For more information on ways to donate, contact Sandy Carapezza at 201-291-6300 or acarape@valleyhospitalfoundation.org.