Every day at CHC, we work hard to fight heart disease. We check the blood pressure of our patients, we help them learn how to eat and exercise more healthily. When a patient needs a consultation from a specialist, we use the Community eConsults Network to electronically send data about the patient and their condition to the specialist. Often the response from the specialist gives the primary care provider all the information necessary to treat the patient without a trip to the specialist.
February is American Heart Month when we join with others around the country to help promote awareness about heart disease. On National Wear Red Day, our staff dressed in red as they spoke with patients about the importance of heart health.
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro joined us later in the month to speak about the importance of working together to fight heart disease. She was joined by State Representative Matt Lesser, Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, Middletown Health Department Director Dr. Joseph Havlicek, Chief Public Health Official of Middletown Sal Nesci, and heart attack survivor Leigh Pechillo.
She spoke about the Million Heart’s program of the Department of Health and Human Services. Its goal is to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.
We are fortunate to have great health center staff and public officials working together to fighting heart disease daily at the local level as well as nationally and globally.