Erlanger's smallest patients celebrate Valentine's Day with red hats and heartfelt messages for moms
Love is definitely in the air at Erlanger when it comes to some of their smallest patients. The neonatal babies are all wearing red caps on this Valentine's day.
Specialists with Erlanger's Heart and Lung Institute are taking this opportunity to educate new moms on the importance of heart health and raise awareness when it comes to heart disease. Cardiovascular Disease Chief Fellow Dr. Kelly Wingerter, University of Tennessee College of Medicine says “It is the leading cause of death in women in the United States and around the world. It is important that we try to prevent heart disease.
Erlanger partnered with members of St. Elmo Presbyterian Church and the Genuine Purl Yarn Shop to knit the tiny red caps. In addition to the red caps for the newborns, a card was presented to the moms with a message reminding them to take care of their heart.
I'm wearing this cute little red hat to remind you to love your heart like you love me. Heart Disease is the number one killer of women. So please take care of your heart, because I'm going need you a long time.
Doctors recommend having regular follow-ups with your primary care physician and checking your numbers when it comes to blood pressure, weight and cholesterol levels. Wingerter says it's important to exercise for 30 minutes most days of the week and eat a healthy diet with minimal salt and fat and larger amounts of vegetables.