Cape Gazette

Beebe Medical Center sponsors Go Red luncheon

Sep 30, 2013
Photo by: Steven Billups Firas el-Sabbagh MD, from Clinic by the Sea, addresses the attendees.

Beebe Medical Center sponsored the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women luncheon Sept. 18 at Baywood Greens Clubhouse.

In 2004, the AHA faced a challenge. Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an older man’s disease. To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women, the AHA created Go Red For Women, a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.

The keynote speaker for the event was Firas el-Sabbagh, MD from Clinic by the Sea. El-Sabbagh is a cardiologist and a cardiac electro physiologist who spoke about the heart arrhythmias. The most common arrhythmia is arterial fibrillation. Arterial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Signs include dizziness, weakness and fatigue.

Treatment involves medication and lifestyle changes, and sometimes procedures such as cardioversion, ablation, pacemakers or surgery.


The Go Red luncheon featured a silent auction, raffles and a fashion show by local clothing retailers. Modeling a Brianna Black Dress for Blooming Boutiques is Lisa McDonald. McDonald is carrying a black evening clutch and is wearing J Michelle freshwater pearls, Two Tone Trollbead bracelets and Lindsay Phillips Ashley changeable shoes. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Modeling for Blooming Boutique is Joan Nichols. Nichols is modeling a Southern Lady teal jacket, Southern Lady teal shell under the jacket and Southern Lady navy pants. She is also wearing Velcro changeable Lindsay Phillips heels and J Michelle freshwater pearls. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Modeling for Twila Farrell is Gerri Pease. She is wearing a brown Angel cape coordinated with an Alberto Makali turquoise tee and Conrad C brown pants.  She is carrying a Pikolinos handbag. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Also modeling for Twila Farrell is Judy Hannan. Hannan wears a heather brown Wooly Bully faux fur reversible vest with a coordinating turtleneck and brown Jag jeans.  She is also carrying a Pikolinos handbag. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
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