February is National Heart Month, and Main Line Health kicked off their month-long celebration to improve awareness about women and heart disease risks by crowning their Queen of Hearts at center court at the February 1 Sixers Game at the Wells Fargo Center. The Queen of Hearts campaign recognizes a local woman for her commitment to raising awareness of heart disease and demonstrating a heart-healthy lifestyle.
The 2013 Queen of Hearts, Elizabeth McDermott of Wynnewood, PA, is a survivor of heart disease. At 32 weeks into her pregnancy, McDermott experienced heart failure and complications that had her fighting for her life in Lankenau Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit. A cardiac nurse at Lankenau, McDermott is aware of the risks of heart disease, yet never thought it could happen to her. Her story of survival and renewed passion for leading a heart healthy lifestyle is an inspiration for all.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. As the Philadelphia American Heart Association’s Go Red Champion, Main Line Health embraces a passion for fighting heart disease. A regional leader in heart care, Main Line Health is committed to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and shares a passion for women throughout the region as they Go Red to celebrate National Heart Month throughout February.
Founded in 1985, Main Line Health (MLH) is a non-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. At its core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals — Lankenau Hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital — as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, and Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery. Main Line Health, with over 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, provides the area’s most advanced medicine, as well as health-centered care, education and research to help our community stay well ahead on the path to life-long health.
© 2013 Main Line Health