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Published on February 06, 2015

MU Health Care Illuminates Heart Disease Awareness

Red Lights for Heart Disease Awareness at MU Health Care

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Health Care is shining a red light on heart disease this month.

The health system is helping raise awareness of heart disease prevention and treatments using red lighting at University Hospital and MU Women's and Children’s Hospital.

At University Hospital, the lobby archway and two glass stairwells on the south and southeast sides of the patient care tower have been lit in red. Additionally, lighting in the shape of a heart and a red dress – the symbol of National Wear Red Day today, Feb. 6 – is projected on the exterior of the hospital. At Women's and Children’s Hospital, the archway above the main entrance has been lit in red as well.

“Our use of red lighting throughout the month of February is a simple way to bring attention to heart disease awareness,” said Roger Higginbotham, director of support services for University of Missouri Health Care. “We have done this in the past to raise awareness for other conditions and it was well received by our patients, their families and our staff.”

“Each year, more than 15,000 Missourians die from heart disease, making it the leading cause of death in the state,” said Mary Dohrmann, MD, a cardiologist at MU Health Care. “When it comes to heart disease, the most important thing for people to remember is that it can affect anyone. Know your controllable risk factors, such as smoking, lack of exercise, high cholesterol and blood pressure, and other medical conditions. Know your uncontrollable risk factors such as age, race and family history. And adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle to reduce those risks.”

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