Kissimmee, FL – Every 34 seconds, someone in the United States is struck by heart disease. In fact, it’s estimated that nearly 800,000 Americans will die of cardiovascular disease this year, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women.

In light of the statistics and in honor National Heart Month, Osceola Regional Medical Center is dedicating the entire month of February to raising cardiovascular disease awareness within its community. During the month, the hospital will hold a series of educational seminars, screenings and community events to bring attention to the deadly disease.

On February 7th, the hospital will participate in National Wear Red Day. Hospital employees will be encouraged to wear red to show support and solidarity for the American Heart Association’s ‘Go Red For Women’ movement.

Osceola Regional will also hold two free educational seminars for the community. The first will be held at the hospital, the second will be held in Hunter’s Creek. During the luncheons, cardiologists will discuss hot topics in heart disease treatment and prevention.

Throughout the month, the hospital will also be offering free cardiac risk profile screenings. These screenings will check for Total Cholesterol, HDL/LDL Cholesterol, Triglycerides and Glucose levels. Each of these factors is directly linked to a person’s risk for heart disease.

Throughout the past year, Osceola Regional has made a big push to encourage local residents to be proactive about heart health. One of the ways is through the hospital’s “Healing Hearts on Wheels” series. Each month, physicians from the hospital go into the community and hold a free lunch seminar where residents can learn about heart health, healthy eating and other preventative measures.

Osceola Regional recognizes the importance of cardiac care. The hospital’s Central Florida Cardiac & Vascular Institute offers comprehensive cardiovascular care, from cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology to open heart and minimally invasive surgery. It has the only full-service cardiovascular hospital in the region. In addition, the emergency room is open 24 hours a day with an Accredited Chest Pain and Advanced Primary Stroke Center.

For more information about the Central Florida Cardiac & Vascular Institute or a calendar of events visit