Dear Neighbor of Southeastern Connecticut and Southern Rhode Island…

Bruce D. Cummings, President and CEO, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital

Bruce D. Cummings, President and CEO,
Lawrence + Memorial Hospital

Did you know that February has been recognized as American Heart Month? So, here’s to your heart – and, more importantly, your heart health.

If you aren’t aware, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, one in every three deaths is a result from heart disease and stroke.

So how do you prevent heart disease? How do you protect yourself and those close to you from heart disease? There are a few simple ways.

Be active! Try for a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity every day.

Know your ABCs. Ask your doctor about taking an Aspirin each day. Find out if you have high blood pressure or cholesterol. And, if you do, get started on an effective treatment plan.

Do you smoke? If so, get help to quit.

One of the most challenging ways? Eat a heart-healthy diet that’s high in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in sodium and trans fat.

These are important steps for everyone to take, but women should take special note, too. That’s because heart disease, believe it or not, is the number one killer of women. In fact, it’s more deadly than all forms of cancer.

Because of that, we’re hosting a special event for women on Wednesday, February 6.

Taking Charge of Your Heart Health is a cardiac health and wellness event that we’ve planned just for women.
The event, which takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., is being held in Baker Auditorium at our main campus in New London.

One third of women ages 40 to 60 have a modifiable risk factor for heart disease. This program will emphasize the need for women to understand risk factors associated with cardiac disease and encourage them to take charge of their health. Those who attend will learn nutrition tips, witness an exercise demonstration, and learn tips to lower cardiac risk factors.

In addition, we will host a panel discussion led by Cardiologist Dr. Valerie Popkin and Neurologist Dr. Neer Zeevi. What an opportunity for attendees to seek out answers to some of their most challenging questions regarding heart health!

Attendees will also hear a patient’s personal story on surviving heart disease.

The program is free, but space is limited. To reserve your seat, please call 860.444.3764. We are thankful to the Lawrence + Memorial Auxiliary for supporting this very important program.

This is such an important topic for men and women alike. In this case, though, we look forward to welcoming women to this presentation and sharing key information to help you understand all you can about the importance of heart health. For more information, you can visit our website at


Bruce D. Cummings
President and CEO
Lawrence + Memorial Hospital