WJMC Observes American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), cardiovascular disease is the Nation’s No. 1 killer.

In 1963, Congress required the president to proclaim February as “American Heart Month”.  Every year since, the goal has been to raise public awareness of heart disease and to urge Americans to join the battle against these diseases.

West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC) is doing its part to raise awareness of heart disease in our local community.  On February 3, WJMC will observe National Wear Red Day, a movement started by the AHA to help raise awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women. 1 in 3 women die from heart disease and stroke each year. You can do your part by wearing red on Feb. 3 to help raise awareness of the disease.

West Jefferson will offer FREE Blood pressure and BMI screenings on Tuesday, February 7 from 10:30am-1pm. RSVP is required. To sign-up, call 504-349-1789 or go online to The health fair will also offer “heart fitness” programs, physician talks, prizes and more to help educate people about heart disease.  For more information visit our website at

Here at West Jefferson Medical Center, we deliver quality heart care everyday.  With a robust line of cardiac services offered, we take our obligation to educate and empower our patients and community seriously.  Whether it is a routine EKG, a test to look at the heart arteries and function more closely, or heart surgery, we strive for excellence in quality care.

To schedule an appointment with one of our cardiologist at the West Jefferson Heart Clinic of Louisiana, call 504-349-6800.

Common Warning Signs of a Heart Attack:

  • Chest discomfort in the center of the chest that may feel like an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing fullness or pain
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. This may include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweet, nausea or lightheadedness.
  • Just remember if you are not sure, be safe and call 9-1-1.

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