Lake Regional Health System will host Go Red For Women on Friday, Feb. 7, to support women’s heart health.

Lake Regional Health System will host Go Red For Women on Friday, Feb. 7, to support women’s heart health.

 Heart disease claims the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year. In response, the American Heart Association created Go Red For Women, which encourages awareness of women’s heart disease and action to save lives.

 Lake Regional’s free, interactive session is scheduled 8-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in the hospital’s third floor conference rooms. Session topics include: risk factors and symptoms; stress management; strength training at home; heart healthy cooking; and nutrition and weight loss.

 “Heart disease in women is more deadly than most forms of cancer,” said Lake Regional Cardiologist Timothy McDermott, M.D., FACC, FACSI, who will discuss heart disease risk factors and symptoms during the Go Red For Women event. “Heart disease is preventable, though, when risk factors are properly managed.”

 Go Red For Women attendees who wear red will receive a free gift. All participants will receive a voucher for a free lipid profile test at Lake Regional’s annual Cardiovascular Screening on Saturday, Feb. 15. Attendees also will be registered to win a $100 gift card to Paul’s Supermarket.

 “It’s important for women to know their risk for heart disease,” said Lake Regional’s Jennifer Newman, R.N., CVRN, CEN, Go Red For Women presenter. “Not all heart attacks have obvious symptoms. Silent heart attacks, those without outward symptoms, can often go unnoticed causing further cardiovascular damage. Go Red For Women provides key information to keep women and their loved ones in the know.”

Although the session is free, registration is required. Visit to register, or call 573-348-8222 for more information.

 Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive cardiovascular care for area residents and visitors. To learn more, visit

 Lake Regional offers a variety of educational programming topics during the year, such as diabetes, heart disease and childhood obesity. Several health fairs and screenings also are held annually throughout the lake area. For information on upcoming events, visit