Palmetto Health Heart Hospital is turning red in recognition of National Heart Month. Throughout the month of February, the outside of the hospital will be illuminated red in an effort to raise awareness of heart disease.
The statistics are alarming. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, accounting for more than 17.3 million deaths per year, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030. National trends show that one in five Americans suffer some form of cardiovascular disease; in South Carolina that number is one in four. Stroke was the second-leading global cause of death behind heart disease in 2013, accounting for 11.8 percent of total deaths worldwide. In addition, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined.
Although the statistics make the situation seem bleak. Community members can control many of the factors that affect their heart health.
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 1 through Monday, Feb. 29
PLACE: Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, 6 Richland Medical Park Dr., Columbia SC 29203
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