Cape Gazette


By Nanticoke Health Services | Apr 24, 2012
Photo by: Steve Theis Nanticoke Red Dress Ambassador, Peg Casullo Hertrich

Every woman needs to hear The Heart Truth®. By doing just four things: 1) eating right, 2) being physically active, 3) not smoking, and 3) keeping a healthy weight, you can reduce your risk of heart disease by as much as 80%.

One in four women in the United States dies of heart disease. It is the #1 killer of women and is largely preventable. Some of the risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, being overweight, being physically inactive, having a family history of early heart disease, and age. To protect your heart, it is vital to make changes that address each risk factor you have. That’s why Nanticoke Health Services has partnered with The Heart Truth® to continue to help spread the word about heart disease.

Peg Casullo Hertrich was born in Woodbury, New Jersey and now lives in Seaford, Delaware. Peg has owned and operated The Square Peg (previously known as The Square Pear), specializing in high-end women's accessories, for the past 15 years. Peg is a business woman with past experience in retail ventures. She has extensive real estate experience in developing, remodeling, property management and historic property renovations in Philadelphia in the Rittenhouse Square District. Peg is very involved at Del-Tech and Community College with the Global Understanding Fund, trying to educate people about the world. Peg has always felt the need to give back to her community and has taught her sons to do the same. “I lead by my actions, not words!” said Peg.

When Peg was five years old, her grandfather died from heart disease. "I adored him! Then one of my grandmothers died from heart disease. I have lived with heart disease in my family since I was five years old," said Peg. This impact has forced Peg to make lifestyle changes such as eating healthy, exercising, and FINALLY quitting smoking. Peg challenges women in our community to do the same - stop smoking, get active, and live a healthier lifestyle.

The first step towards heart health is becoming aware of your own personal risk for heart disease. One thing everyone should do is to gather some information to create a personal "heart profile." Some risks, such as smoking cigarettes, are obvious, but other risk factors, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol generally don't have obvious signs or symptoms. To find out more information about your possible risk factors, see a doctor for a thorough checkup. Speak up, ask questions, be honest, and keep tabs on treatments.

You can make lifestyle changes gradually, one at a time. But making them is very important. Each risk factor greatly increases a woman's chance of developing heart disease. But having more than one risk factor is especially serious, because risk factors tend to "gang up" and worsen each other's effects. So, the message is clear: Every woman needs to take her heart disease risk seriously-and take action now to reduce that risk.

Being a Red Dress Ambassador is important to Peg, because it is one way to help Nanticoke spread the word about the risk of heart disease and give women a “wake-up call" about the risks of heart disease. “We need to take time to support our local hospitals. Nanticoke has always been there for me personally and the people I love. It is my way of saying thank you,” said Peg.

On Tuesday, June 26, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Nanticoke Health Services will host “From the Heart. For the Heart.” with The Heart Truth® Founding Ambassador, former First Lady Laura Bush, at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, Delaware. Proceeds from this event will benefit the expansion of Cardiac Catheterization Services at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 302-629-6611, extension 8944. Tickets are $250 per person and will include lunch.

The Heart Truth® is a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ®The Heart Truth, its logo, and The Red Dress are registered trademarks of HHS.

Nanticoke Health Services features an award winning, full-service community hospital. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital is ranked number one in Delaware and among America’s Best 100 Hospitals for Critical Care, among the top 5% in the nation for Emergency Medicine for 2012, and among the top 10% in the nation for Pulmonary Care for 2012 by HealthGrades, Inc. Nanticoke has been named one of the Best 100 Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital holds a Level III trauma status and includes an interventional cardiology program and a nationally accredited and award winning stroke program. Nanticoke’s medical staff includes nearly 120 active staff physicians practicing in 37 different specialties. For further information, visit

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