Published on February 01, 2022

Seeing Red? Silver Cross Lights Up Hospital for Heart Month

As you encounter Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox during February, you’ll be seeing red.

Hospital Lights for Heart MonthThat’s because the 300-bed hospital wants to bring awareness to heart disease and prevention during American Heart Month in 2022.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease.

In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds, and one in five heart attacks is silent, which means the damage has been done, but the person is not aware of it.

Early detection is key to preventing heart disease, especially in high-risk candidates. High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease, as well as family history. Other major contributing factors include diabetes, overweight and obesity, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, excessive alcohol use and stress.

“Lighting up the hospital red in February is a great visual reminder for people to pay attention to their heart health, especially during Heart Month,” said Debra Robbins, Director of Marketing & Communications.

Silver Cross offers a simple, affordable Heart Scan to help identify current or potential risks for heart attack. Calcium artery scoring is a quick, painless exam that uses high-speed CT scanning to measure calcium deposits in the heart. It's ideal for men over age 45 and women over age 55 who smoke, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or a family history of premature coronary artery disease.

To schedule your $49 Heart Scan today, call (815) 300-SCAN (7226).

Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.