Contact: Kate Darden, BHS Vice President, Marketing
205-715-5196/Kate.Darden@bhsala.com

Ashley Fulmer, APR
205-322-5646 x 551/ashley@bigcom.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – February 5, 2016 - Today, Princeton Baptist Medical Center will participate in National Wear Red Day® and at dusk, the facility will shine bright with red exterior lighting and continue throughout the month as part of the nationwide effort to foster awareness of the battle of heart disease in women. The American Heart association, sponsor of American Heart Month, has been leading the fight against heart disease through awareness, education and funding of medical research since its inception in 1964.

“We have encouraged our colleagues to join in this effort to not only promote awareness but encourage others to embrace better health,” said Betsy Postlethwait, president of Princeton Baptist Medical Center. “Heart disease is 80 percent preventable with a healthy diet and regular physical activity and Princeton is a resource for those looking to make real changes to their lifestyle. “

Heart disease is the nation’s primary cause of death and is responsible for 1 in 3 deaths of women each year, yet women are less likely to acknowledge symptoms or call 9-1-1 in the event of a heart attack themselves.

“Symptoms of heart disease are often misunderstood in women because they differ form those in men,” said Danielle Deavours, communications and marketing director for the American Heart Association. “It’s time to find and become the solution, and this can start by knowing how to recognize heart problems and introduce proper prevention methods.”

There are many different signs of heart problems in women, and each individual may be affected adversely, but the AHA provides unusual symptoms women should be aware of including:

  • Back Pain
  • Nausea
  • Jaw Pain
  • Shortness of Breath

Overall, women should listen to their intuition, and if the body feels irregular, visit a local emergency room. Heart disease can be prevented, and by incorporating the tips below into a lifestyle women have the power to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

  • Eat a Heart-Healthy Diet
  • Avoid Smoking
  • Lower Cholesterol
  • Exercise Consistently
  • Manage Stress

Princeton Baptist Medical Center and AHA serve resources for questions about heart disease, prevention and screenings. Visit baptisthealthalabama.org/Princeton or goredforwomen.org for more information.

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp., one of the nation’s largest healthcare services companies, and Birmingham-based Baptist Health System announced plans in late 2014 to form a new organization combining Brookwood and Baptist’s four hospitals to create a new model of cost-efficient, innovative healthcare delivery. The central Alabama network has five hospitals – Brookwood and Princeton Baptist (Birmingham), Shelby Baptist (Alabaster), Walker Baptist (Jasper) and Citizens Baptist (Talladega).

About Baptist Health System

Baptist Health System, a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) corporation, provides healthcare services to communities in the greater Birmingham Alabama area through its equity ownership in a joint venture with Tenet Healthcare. As part of this joint venture, Baptist Health System appoints half of the joint venture's Board of Directors. Additionally, Baptist Health System provides administrative and other support to the Baptist Health Foundation. Baptist Health System is a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association whose representatives elect its Board of Trustees. It was founded in 1922 by a group of local Baptist congregations.

About Brookwood Medical Center

Founded in 1973, Brookwood Medical Center is one of the largest private hospitals in Alabama, and a leading provider of advanced medical care to the Homewood community and beyond. Brookwood’s medical staff is comprised of more than 900 privately practicing physicians and its workforce includes more than 2,500 employees and volunteers. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Brookwood Medical Center is a full service acute care hospital, widely recognized for its cardiology, oncology, mental health and orthopedic program. For more information on Brookwood's services, visit bwmc.com call 205.877.8800.

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