Mon Health promotes women’s heart health

Submitted photo Staff from the Mon Health Heart & Vascular Center wore red Friday to raise awareness for women’s cardiovascular disease.

Staff from Mon Health System sported red Friday to bring awareness to women’s heart health. Friday was Wear Red Day promoted by the American Heart Association in hopes to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease in women.

“In West Virginia, the rate of heart disease among women is double that of the national average,” said Dr. Samantha Crites, a cardiologist with the Mon Health Heart & Vascular Center. “It’s important to raise awareness for heart disease in women because sometimes it’s overlooked as just a risk for men.”

Free blood pressure screenings were offered at Mon Health facilities throughout the day Friday. Dr. Crites encourages women to take preventable measures in caring for their heart.

“It’s critical to care about heart disease,” she said. “More women die of heart disease than any other disease which is largely preventable.”

For more information about the Mon Health Heart & Vascular Center, visit To schedule an appointment call 304-278-6562.