Heart Health Month: Saving lives from the world’s leading cause of death
Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide and the number one health threat for women, taking more lives each year than all forms of cancer combined, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Perhaps even more shocking than those statistics is the fact that 80% of cardiac events can be prevented through education and lifestyle changes.
For nearly 100 years, the AHA has been on a mission to save lives from heart disease and strokes and help build healthier communities. Allscripts is proud to partner with the AHA on its mission as the Triangle Go Red for Women sponsor.
In 2004, the Go Red for Women campaign launched to educate women about the signs and dangers of cardiovascular disease as well as prevention measures. Since then, Go Red for Women has become a global movement that Allscripts proudly supports. We also participate in National Wear Red Day® during Heart Health Month every February to help raise awareness about cardiovascular disease with the goal of eradicating heart disease and stroke.
Allscripts keeps the red spirit alive every day by giving our communities the resources and education needed to take care of their heart health. As part of our sponsorship, we work with the AHA’s Check. Change. Control.® program to spread the importance of blood-pressure monitoring. As part of our partnership, the AHA provided Allscripts two self-service blood pressure kiosks to help our associates and local community members become more heart healthy.
Allscripts donated one kiosk to Oak City Cares, a Raleigh, North Carolina, non-profit organization that provides health, housing and educational services to those experiencing homelessness.
Until recently, the second kiosk was available to Allscripts associates in our Raleigh office, in partnership with our company wellness program. However, with our associates largely working from home during the pandemic, we decided to look for another community organization that could benefit from the kiosk.
At the recommendation of the AHA, we are thrilled to share that our second blood pressure kiosk will be moved to the Lincoln Community Health Center (LCHC), which serves 30,000 uninsured, high-risk patients, in Durham, North Carolina. The kiosk will be accessible in the facility’s lobby for all patients to use without needing to schedule a visit with a medical professional. With the majority of LCHC’s clientele uninsured and low-income, providing an easy way to help with health management, while cutting down on nurse visits, will be a tremendous asset to this important health center.
We are so proud that our partnership with the American Heart Association can extend to thousands of people in need and save more lives from heart disease and stroke every year.