Hospital Creates Dance Video To Promote Women’s Stroke Awareness

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PERTH AMBOY—Inspired by the innovative breast cancer awareness “Pink Glove Dance” video created by Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Ore., Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Mirian Medina, RN, and Gina Mancini decided to create there own dance video with hospital staff to help promote awareness of the dangers of heart disease and stroke to women.

As part of the hospital’s promotion of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” stroke awareness campaign 260 red garbed employees from 38 departments were videoed over two days at the hospital’s Old Bridge and Perth Amboy locations dancing in sync to various songs.

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“Too many women die or become disabled each year from stroke and heart disease, the number three and number one killers of women,” said Medina, coordinator of the hospital’s stroke center, “As proud supporters of the AHA’s Go Red for Women movement, we knew many hospital employees would be participate in making this video and it would be a fun and effective way of saving lives and spreading the word to women about living heart healthy and getting regular heart health screenings.”

The video can be viewed on youtube.com by searching for “Go Red & Dance” or “Raritan Bay Medical Center” on the site.

“We learned a lot about video production creating Go Red & Dance and how much goes into it,” said Mancini. “During the second day of shooting, after we had put in some long hours with the production team we all joked about how hard it is to ‘be Hollywood!’ ”

“Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted,” said Medina, the foundation development director. “The brain is a complex organ that controls all body functions. More women then men suffer from stroke. This is why it’s so crucial to learn the warning signs of stroke and quickly activate 911. Another important thing to remember if stroke is suspected is to note the onset of symptoms because the FDA approved medication Tissue Plasminogen Activator (referred to as TpA) can only be given three hours from onset of symptoms, referred as a clot busting medication,” said Medina.

These signs include:

  • weakness or numbness in the face, arm, or leg—especially on only one side of the body
  • poor balance and/or stumbling
  • dizziness
  • slurred speech or trouble speaking or understanding others
  • severe headache with no apparent cause
  • vision problems—such as seeing double, blurred vision, or loss of sight in one or both eyes.

RBMC has a strong commitment to promoting stroke awareness as evidenced by the medical center’s designation as a New Jersey Primary Stroke Center, which establishes the hospital as a regional leader in stroke care. This designation acknowledges RBMC’s commitment to the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients in an emergency setting, use of optimal care protocols and its community outreach efforts to promote stroke prevention.

Those interested in making a donation to the AHA may visit www.goredforwomen.org. Nineteeneightyfiveproductions of Matawan produced the video.

Free Screenings Available
In observance of Go Red for Women day the hospital is providing free stroke screenings at both hospital locations in the Medical Arts Building at Old Bridge and in the Perth Amboy concourse level Friday, Feb. 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  To learn more about stroke prevention, call the hospital’s stroke center at 1-732-324-4970.


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