Red Couch Tour brings awareness to heart disease
by Elsie Hodnett
Feb 06, 2014 | 1271 views |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Manda Mountain, director of the Col. Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home, Beth Bourg, marketing manager for St. Vincent’s Health System and Cathy Storch, system director of volunteer services for St. Vincent’s Health System sit on the Red Couch at St. Vincent’s St. Clair Hospital. The Red Couch Tour promotes heart disease awareness.
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Manda Mountain, director of the Col. Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home, Beth Bourg, marketing manager for St. Vincent’s Health System and Cathy Storch, system director of volunteer services for St. Vincent’s Health System sit on the Red Couch at St. Vincent’s St. Clair Hospital. The Red Couch Tour promotes heart disease awareness.
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St. Vincent’s Health System is celebrating American Heart Month with its annual Heart Day to raise awareness about the risks and symptoms of this deadly disease.

Registration ends today for Heart Day, which provides the community four heart tests for $40 (a $350 value). Heart Day is from 6-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at nine St. Vincent’s locations. Participants can register by phone at 205-939-7878 or visit www.stvheartday.com.

Heart health is critical because heart disease is the No. 1 killer in Alabama, as well as in the country. Alabama has the second-highest cardiovascular disease death rate of any state; more than 12,000 Alabamians died from this disease in 2010 alone.

In addition to sponsoring Heart Day, St. Vincent’s Health System is the local sponsor for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” heart disease awareness campaign.

St. Vincent’s also kicked off the Red Couch Tour, an educational outreach component of Go Red for Women. The Red Couch tour is a way for St. Vincent’s Health System to engage women and men through the sharing of stories and educational materials about heart disease.

The Red Couch is at St. Vincent’s Birmingham from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today.

For more information about the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign, visit www.goredforwomen.org.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.