“Many women don’t realize that heart disease is the number one killer of women (and also men) in the United States. Over 250,000 women die from heart attacks each year – this is six times the amount who die from breast cancer,” said Dr. Khether Raby. “By holding the Red Dress Day Women and Heart Disease Seminar, we hope to save women’s lives through education. Increasing awareness of heart attack risk factors and symptoms will help enable women to recognize the problem and seek treatment immediately, which can lead to lifesaving treatment.”

In addition to a keynote presentation on women and cardiac disease by Hallmark Health’s Dr. Raby, other Hallmark Health professionals from the Cardiac & Endovascular Center, cardiac rehabilitation program, nutrition and pharmacy departments will present topics such as peripheral vascular disease; how stress, exercise and wellness can affect one’s cardiac health; the importance of good nutrition; and medication information. A free lunch will be provided followed by a tour of the new YMCA facility.

Interested parties are asked to RSVP by calling 781-338-7571. For more information about the Hallmark Health Cardiac & Endovascular Center, please call (781) 979-3999 or visit http://www.hallmarkhealth.org/cardiacendovascular.html.

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose, Hallmark Health Cancer Center, Stoneham, Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading, Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, Malden, Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford, and Ell Pond Medical Associates. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts-New England Medical Center for neonatology.

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