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MC Nursing Professors Join National Wear Red Day

February 6, 2009

Mississippi College School of Nursing professors wore red Friday to show their support for the national fight against heart disease in women.

"As leaders in the nursing profession, we are in support of heart health,'' said MC nursing dean Dr. Mary Jean Padgett. "Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and men.''

The American Heart Association is among the leading organizations rallying around Feb. 6 as the special day to put the spotlight on this vital issue. Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are the leading killer of American women, claiming the lives of more than 450,000 women annually.

American Heart Association reports show the death rate for heart disease for men has declined by more than 17 percent for men over the last 25 years compared to only 2.5 percent for women. Women are more likely than men to die within a year of having a heart attack.

Decked out in bright red sweaters and jackets, about 17 MC nursing faculty got together for sandwiches, iced tea and fellowship on the Clinton campus Friday. Joining them for lunch at Cockroft Hall was nursing curriculum consultant Dr. Suzanne Van Ort of Arizona. It wasn't her first trip to Mississippi. She's visited the Mississippi University for Women School for Nursing, among her many stops across the nation.

Padgett said she wants Wear Red Day to become an annual event at the MC School of Nursing.

To learn more about the issue, contact the American Heart Association office in Jackson at 601.321.1200 or go to americanheart.org.
Photo: Nursing faculty wearing red to support national fight against women's heart disease.