AtlantiCare staff and providers wore red clothing and accessories Feb. 3 in recognition of the American Heart Association’s 14th annual National Wear Red Day and to raise awareness of cardiovascular diseases.

Throughout the month the exterior of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus and the walkway leading to the Caesar’s parking garage will glow red to promote heart health.

“Participating in National Wear Red Day is one of the ways we hope to enhance awareness about the risk for cardiovascular disease among women,” said Dr. Vineshkumar K. Patel, associate director of the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Division of Cardiology. “It’s important for women and men to know their risk for cardiovascular disease and to manage risk factors they can modify, treat, or control through medication and lifestyle changes.”

Patel said heart attack symptoms can include:

  • Chest discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back or a feeling of uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Nausea or lightheadedness

Anyone who experiences such symptoms is advised to call 911.

For information about heart attack risk factors or symptoms see the American Heart Association’s website.

For information about AtlantiCare and its programs and services see atlanticare.org or call 888-569-1000.