Beebe Healthcare Joins Community and “Goes Red” to Raise Awareness of Women and Heart Disease

 To raise awareness of women and heart disease, Beebe Healthcare has joined the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement in Delaware to support  “Go Red” activities throughout February, Heart Awareness Month.

As a highlight of the month, Lewes cardiologist Rajinder Prasad, MD, FACC, will speak about “Women and Heart Disease” February 24, at noon at Beebe’s McCurry Conference Center located in the Medical Arts Building at the Beebe Health Campus on John. J. Williams Highway. There is no cost for the presentation, but space is limited. Please RSVP to Shelley Tyrrell at (302) 645-3295 by Feb 21. Seating is reserved. A light lunch will be provided.

Dr. Prasad has been named Director of the Dean Ornish Program at Beebe Healthcare. Dr. Prasad is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease and has been a member of the Beebe Medical Staff since 2003. He has offices in Lewes and in Ocean View. Dr. Prasad, who has treated patients locally since 2003, previously earned his medical degree in 1993 from the Indira Gandhi Medical College in India and subsequently had specialized training in cardiology with proficiency in cardiac catheterization, nuclear medicine, 2-D & Stress echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography at Howard University Hospital in Washington DC. Dr. Prasad also has been Medical Director of the Beebe Cardiac Rehabilitation Program for four years. The program, which is certified through the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), has been in existence at Beebe since 1982.

Beebe is partnering with the Lewes Chamber of Commerce throughout the month in promoting a community-wide Lewes Goes Red effort. Beebe has posted flyers around the Medical Center and placed the signature “Red Dress” logo on the front lawn. Red lights will illuminate the Medical Center in Lewes and Tunnell Cancer Center at the Beebe Health Campus on John J. Williams Highway. Participating Lewes businesses also are illuminating their buildings in red.

Beebe also is sponsoring several events at the hospital for employees and visitors, including several displays about heart disease and how it is diagnosed and treated at Beebe. The displays will be located in the cardiology waiting room during the week of Feb 9. The cafeteria will be serving red themed foods during that week.

On Saturday, February 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Beebe Healthcare is holding its 2015 Health Fair at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. This free event, designed to promote healthy living for all ages, offers a variety of screenings, cooking demonstrations, educational materials and giveaways, a raffle, kids’ activities, light refreshments, and entertainment.  There also will be featured speakers, flu vaccinations provided by the state Division of Public Health, and a Dr. Dean Ornish cooking demonstration. Beebe will be introducing a Dr. Dean Ornish Program center to the Beebe Health Campus in late March. An exhibit with information on the program will be featured at the Beebe Health Fair.
In the United States, 1 in 4 women dies from heart disease. Coronary heart disease (CHD)—the most common type of heart disease—is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
The good news is that we can control many of the risks of CHD with diet, exercise, and preventive health screenings and care.
Beebe Healthcare is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health for the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. It offers services throughout Southern Delaware including a 210-licensed-bed hospital, a cancer center, and outpatient facilities at multiple sites providing lab, imaging, physical rehab services and walk-in care.  For more information, please visit us online at www.beebehealthcare.org

Caption: Pictured is cardiologist Rajinder Prasad, who will speak about "Women and Heart Disease" February 24, at noon at Beebe’s McCurry Conference Center located in the Medical Arts Building at the Beebe Health Campus on John. J. Williams Highway