Hospital staff wears red to raise awareness of heart disease in women

February 10, 2014 By Kimberly Gensicki, 860-224-5900 X6507

New Britain - To help raise awareness of heart disease’s prevalence in women, many Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) staff members donned red on Friday, Feb. 7, Wear Red Day, as part of American Heart Month.

HOCC’s Division of Cardiology has a specific focus on heart disease in women through its Women’s Heart Wellness Center which targets women’s cardiovascular health and care. In addition, HOCC is a founding member of the WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance and provides a monthly peer-led support network, WomenHeart of Central Connecticut, for women with heart disease.

Wellness center services include arrhythmia, blood pressure and cholesterol management; heart rhythm monitoring; cardiac rehabilitation program; Heart Failure Resource Center; pacemaker and implantable cardiac defibrillator implantation and testing; and peripheral vascular disease management. For more information about the center or to schedule an appointment, please call 860-224-5694.

WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is the nation’s only patient-centered organization serving the 42 million American women living with or at risk for heart disease and is dedicated to women’s heart health through patient support, education and advocacy. Support network meetings are held monthly 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at the hospital’s New Britain General campus; the next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 25. For more information, please call 860-224-5769.

The Hospital of Central Connecticut is a 444-bed acute care teaching hospital with two campuses, New Britain General, and Bradley Memorial in Southington. A member of Hartford HealthCare, HOCC services include emergency, inpatient, surgery, laboratory, outpatient, and radiology. Among specialty areas are cardiovascular care, metabolic health, obstetrics, oncology, orthopedics, and psychiatry/behavioral health. For more information, please visit; for a physician referral, call 1-800-321-6244.