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BAY SHORE, NY – North Shore-LIJ Health System celebrated American Heart Month with the eighth annual “Go Red” for Women Day to raise heart health awareness at Southside Hospital. Southside is New York State’s first community hospital to develop an open heart surgery program and will welcome its first surgical patient later this month. The extension of North Shore-LIJ Health System’s cardiothoracic surgery program to Southside, brings one of New York’s most renowned cardiovascular surgery programs to Suffolk County’s South Shore.
This year’s Go Red for Women event featured Suffolk County resident Charlotte Bryson, who was diagnosed with a cardiac condition at the age of five and was told her condition would need to be monitored and treated when she became an adult. More than 40 years later, Ms. Bryson developed congestive heart failure and as a patient of Dr. Alan Hartman, underwent cardiac surgery to repair a leaky valve. Together, they shared an inspiring story of living, treating and overcoming heart disease.
Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer of American Women. Go Red for Women, the national observance created by the American Heart Association (AHA), empowers women to make positive lifestyle changes and reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke. Support for the cause is demonstrated by dressing in red. The red dress is a symbol for women and heart disease and the AHA’s Go Red for Women movement.
Contact: Brian Mulligan