Placentia-Linda Hospital Launches American Heart Month Education Campaign to Help Counter National Uptick in Heart Disease DeathsOct 1, 2019
PLACENTIA, Calif. – Jan. 31, 2017 – The number of Americans dying of heart disease increased in 2015 for the first time in over two decades. To help counter this surprising uptick in heart disease deaths nationally, Placentia-Linda Hospital is launching a comprehensive campaign in February – American Heart Month – to educate people about cardiovascular disease, including a free online risk assessment and screening events.
The hospital is working with the American Heart Association as local sponsor of the Healthy For Good initiative to educate community members about heart disease prevention and build a healthier Placentia community.
Placentia-Linda Hospital wants members of our community to “Know Your Numbers” – that is, to learn four optimal or suggested vital sign readings for good heart health that can help save their life:
- Blood pressure typically within the range of 120/80 mm Hg
- Blood cholesterol of less than 180 mg/dL
- Blood sugar level A1C of less than 6.5 (a more or less stringent glycemic goal may be appropriate for each individual)
- Body mass index (BMI) of less than 25 to maintain a healthy weight
Cardiovascular disease, the nation’s No. 1 killer, is responsible for about 1 in every 3 deaths in the United States. In 2015, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, it took more than 633,000 lives, a 0.9 percent increase over the previous year. This slight, unexplained jump represents the first time since 1993 that heart disease deaths have not declined. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be prevented.
“These latest statistics are a wake-up call that we need to redouble our efforts to educate people about heart disease,” said Christina Oh, CEO of Placentia-Linda Hospital. “Our physicians, nurses and staff are committed to working with the American Heart Association to get the word out not only that heart disease is a serious risk to members of our community but that it is so often preventable. Knowing the optimal key numbers for blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI can help people reduce their risk.”
“While we have made significant progress in helping reduce the number of heart disease deaths in this country, it is clear that this is no time for complacency,” said Pierre P. Habis, Chairman of the Board, American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate. “Thank you to Placentia-Linda Hospital for joining with the American Heart Association to educate Americans about heart disease and help them live longer, healthier, more productive lives.”
As part of the campaign, Placentia-Linda Hospital will offer a variety of activities and resources to increase community and patient awareness of heart disease. These include:
- Join Us for These Events – February 14th Wear Red Day at PLH; February 21st-Blood Pressure Checks & 1:1 Coaching with RN at the Yorba Linda Community Center from 10:30 am to 11:30 am; February 23rd-Heart Disease Informative Event by Dr. Daniel Landa at the Brea Senior Center from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. For more information, please call 855-249-3678.
- Free “Know Your Numbers” Information – Flyers and posters showing optimal numbers for blood cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure and body mass index with the tagline “Knowing your numbers can save your life” will be made available to visitors to Placentia-Linda Hospital throughout February. The materials include information about each of the four measures and an area in which you can track your own numbers to discuss with your physician.
- Online Risk Assessment Test – Residents can assess their risk for heart disease by filling out a brief online questionnaire. Those whose risk for cardiovascular disease is found to be high can be connected to a local specialist. People considered at medium or low risk will receive follow-up emails with detailed information about cardiovascular disease and prevention tips. The link is placentialinda.com/HeartCare.
- AHA’s Heart and Stroke Walk – Concluding its Heart Month activities, Placentia-Linda Hospital will be participating in the AHA’s 2017 Orange County Heart and Stroke Walk at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on March 4.
About Placentia-Linda Hospital
The story of Placentia-Linda Hospital began almost 45 years ago when 19 physicians saw a need for a local hospital to serve the growing communities of Placentia and Yorba Linda. Our hospital opened its doors in 1972 with a straightforward mission: To provide quality healthcare with a personal touch.
Along the way, there have been many changes in healthcare over the past 45 years. However, quality healthcare and passionate people have been and are at the heart of what we do. Placentia-Linda’s 500 employees, 400 doctors and 100 volunteers are committed to providing our patients and their loved ones with quality medical services in a patient-centered, healing environment.
Our track record for quality outcomes has helped us earn the confidence of our patients, while our commitment to caring service makes these same patients want to choose us again and again. The Hospital has received eight “Grade A” Hospital Safety Awards since 2012; has the distinction of being in Gold Plus status five years in a row with the American Heart Association’s Get With the GuidelinesSM program and earned the NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) national designation, demonstrating our commitment to improving quality and enhancing the patient and family experience. We have also have been named a 2016 Performance Excellence Award winner by The Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC) for exemplary work in reducing hospital-acquired conditions, among other distinctions.
Our specialties include:
- 24-hour emergency services featuring “Check-In Online” service
- General, Orthopedic and Bariatric Surgery services and G.I. Center
- Imaging Services
- Senior Services
- Women’s Health
- Center for Wound Care
- Community outreach and partnership with those we serve
As we quickly grow to become one of North Orange County’s premier facilities, isn’t it a comfort to know that quality healthcare is just around the corner to meet the needs of you and your family? To learn more about us, visit us at www.placentialinda.com, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ or call (714) 993-2000.