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Women and heart disease highlighted at annual red dress event

Survivors were celebrated, fashion was shared and good health was encouraged during the 9th Annual Southeastern Health Take it to Heart: Red Dress Luncheon which was held at the Robeson County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Feb. 13.  The crowd, totaling more than 155 people, was a sea of red as local physicians presented heart-related messages and entries for red dress designs were showcased.


Chad Carpenter, director of Southeastern Health Heart and Vascular, opened the program by welcoming all attending guests. Around the seating area were booths that focused on heart-healthy information and specialty items for women from a variety of sponsors including: Avon, Campbell Soup, Fayetteville VA Medical Center, Mary Kay, Dial Chiropractic, Southeastern Health Community Health Services and Rodan & Field’s/Younique.

Flower bouquets were presented to each heart disease survivor as their journey to living a healthier lifestyle was shared. Survivor stories included those of Gillie Carroll and Rosa Barnes as well as fashion show participants Daisy Locklear and Dorothy Dockery.

Southeastern Health Vascular Surgeon Dr. Lina Vargas spoke to guests about symptoms of stroke and vascular health. Cardiologist Dr. Sydney Short also talked about women and the various issues that can result from heart disease.

Red dress designs that were created by high school student from throughout Robeson County were also on display for voting for the annual design contest. Votes were tallied and the winner will be announced at a later date. The winning design will be displayed at the 2017 Red Dress event.

The Lumberton Senior High School Orchestra provided musical entertainment during the event which included a heart-healthy lunch. Lumberton Senior High School students and teachers of the JROTC program were also on-hand for the event.

For more information about Southeastern Health Heart and Vascular managed by Duke Health on the campus of Southeastern Regional Medical Center, logon to For information about local heart health resources, call Duke Cardiology of Lumberton at (910) 671-6619.

 Autumn Scott is a senior journalism major at UNC Pembroke and is completing a public relations internship at SeHealth.

Cardiovascular/thoracic Surgeon Dr. Terry Lowry, standing, left, and Cardiologist Dr. Sydney Short of Southeastern Health Heart and Vascular and Duke Cardiology of Lumberton, pose with heart disease survivors Dorothy Dockery, seated, left, and Daisy Locklear who modeled during the fashion show at the 9th annual “Take it to Heart” Red Dress Luncheon held Feb. 13 at the Robeson County Fairgrounds.

Last Updated ( Monday, 25 July 2016 13:52 )  

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