On the first Friday of every February, which is designated as American Heart Month, the nation comes together, igniting a wave of red from coast to coast, according to the American Heart Association.

Members of the Southeastern Med and Guernsey Health Systems partners were some of the participants in National Go Red for Women Day on Friday. Heart disease is the number one killer of American women (and men), but it's a disease that in most cases can be prevented.

Officials from Southeastern Med said, "Through local community events and awareness activities, thousands across the county wear red to unite in the national movement to give women a personal and urgent wake-up call about the risk for heart disease."

Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center and OhioHealth will sponsor a "Heart Health Screening" from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the hospital, 1341 Clark St. in Cambridge.

Participants will receive a free screening including blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides checks; an EKG; and ABI test. Eligible participants must be between the ages of 35 and 65, and did not participate last year (2018).

All results will be reviewed with one of the healthcare professionals. OhioHealth cardiologist John Phillips, MD, will review the EKG findings, and Jackson Flanigan, MD, will discuss ABI results with participants.

An EKG is a recording of the electrical signals of the heart to determine heart rate, heart rhythm and other information regarding the health of the heart. An ankle-brachial index (ABI) test is a simple way to check how well your blood is flowing.

Registration is required by calling 740-435-2900.

The American Heart Association’s signature women’s initiative, Go Red for Women, is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally.

According to the American Heart Association, "It’s no longer just about wearing red; it’s no longer just about sharing heart health facts. It’s about all women making a commitment to stand together with Go Red and taking charge of their own heart health as well as the health of those they can’t bear to live without. Making a commitment to your health isn’t something you have to do alone either, so grab a friend or a family member and make a Go Red Healthy Behavior Commitment today."

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (N.I.H.) in the U.S, Coronary Heart Disease is the "#1 killer of women in the United States." The day, which was first observed in 2002, aims to bring national attention to this fact, and to raise awareness of women’s heart health.