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Baton Rouge General Makes It Easy to Love Your Heart


Baton Rouge, La. – Heart Month may be coming to a close but that doesn’t mean you should put your heart health aside. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women, and Baton Rouge General Medical Center wants the community to continue to make their heart health a priority all year long – offering many ways to take charge of cardiovascular health in the coming months:

  • Free heart health seminars
    • March 6: Heart Failure Prevention and Treatment – Learn more and register.
    • March 12: When to Call EMS: The Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack – Learn more and register.
    • March 19: Know Your Numbers for Heart Health – Learn more and register.
    • March 26: What is P.A.D. and How to Know if Leg Pain is More Than Just Arthritis – Learn more and register.
    • April 3: High Cholesterol - Who Should See A Lipidologist – Learn more and register.
  • Free vascular screenings
    • March 20: Learn more and register.
    • April 10: Learn more and register.
  • Smoking cessation program
    • Next series begins March 3. Click here to learn more and register.

As the local major sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, Baton Rouge General is calling on our community to take steps to love their heart:

  • Be active: AHA recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day.
  • Eat smart: Enjoy a diet low in sodium, trans-fat, hydrogenated oil and sugar, and rich in fiber-containing whole fruits and vegetables, monounsaturated fat and omega-3 fat.
  • Know your risk factors: Age, gender, race/ethnicity, family history and other medical conditions can all increase your risk of developing heart disease.
  • Listen to your heart: When warning signs pop up, pay attention to them and see your doctor.
  • See your doctor: Visit your physician every year and talk about your family’s health history
  • Kick the habit: One year after quitting smoking, heart disease risk is reduced by 50%.

Baton Rouge General encourages our community to LOVE your heart all year long (Pictured L to R): Mark F. Slyter, President & CEO, Baton Rouge General; Susan McClay, RN, Cardiac Care Department, Baton Rouge General, Terri Johnson, Dietitian, Baton Rouge General; Patricia Williams, Smoking Cessation Program Coordinator, Baton Rouge General; Nakia Newsome, MD, Cardiologist, Baton Rouge Cardiology Center.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is Baton Rouge’s first and only full-service community hospital, with 527 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. From our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every age and every stage of life.

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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