Raising Awareness for Heart Disease in Women

Heart disease is the top killer of women with one woman dying every 80 seconds, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Because of this, it’s not surprising to hear how heart disease has impacted families in the community. It’s Bayhealth Physician Liaison Cassandra Humphrey’s personal experience that led her to volunteer for the AHA’s local events over the years.

Not only has Humphrey served on Bayhealth’s Southern Delaware Heart Walk Committee, but she’s participated in the AHA’s local Go Red For Women event as a committee member. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and quicker action for women’s heart health. “I Go Red for Women because my grandmother suffered from heart disease. She loved to cook southern cuisines in which I thoroughly enjoyed,” Humphrey said. “I have personally battled with high cholesterol. Because of this, I try to take care of myself by living a healthy lifestyle through exercise and a healthy diet.”

Humphrey is grateful AHA hosts events such as Go Red For Women as it brings awareness to the importance of taking care of a woman’s heart. While heart disease and stroke cause more deaths in women than all cancers combined, 80 percent of cardiac arrests can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

 

 

These factors together are why Humphrey volunteers her time to the cause. This year, the local Go Red For Women fundraiser was a luncheon featuring a fashion show and a silent auction. Humphrey not only was on the steering committee this year, but she participated in the fashion show and was the chair of the silent auction. Her coworkers at Bayhealth even helped put together baskets for the auction.

Humphrey isn’t the only Bayhealth employee to volunteer their time to the Go Red event in early February. She was joined by Patient Access Director Jane Cordrey; Recruitment and Bayhealth Medical Group Human Resources Operation Manager Heather Elzey; Director of Patient Advocacy, Service Excellence and Professional Recruitment Marianne Foard; Clinical Nurse Specialist Kim Holmes; Cardiology and Cardiac Diagnostic Centers Manager Cathy Mundorf; Cardiovascular and Electrophysiology Manager Barb Smith, and others.

“Together, we can prevent heart disease and stroke. It’s important to share with the community, especially young girls, preventive measures to maintain a healthy lifestyle for a healthy heart,” Humphrey said. “This is what drives me to volunteer for the Heart Association and their local events.”

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