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February is Heart Month: Arm yourself with information during HRMC Heart Month celebration

Posted: Monday, Feb 17th, 2014

Attendees at the 2013 Go Red … Taste for Your Heart enjoy taste testing and learning at the various booths available. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

To celebrate American Heart month, Huron Regional Medical Center (HRMC) is encouraging the community to get the facts and protect themselves from the crippling effects of a heart attack or stroke.

According to the American Heart Association, coronary heart disease is the nation’s single leading cause of death for both men and women. Every 34 seconds, someone dies from heart and blood vessel diseases. Since most of those deaths are from coronary heart disease — about 380,000 each year — it’s important to learn all you can about heart attacks.

A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle (the myocardium) is severely reduced or stopped because one or more of the heart’s arteries is blocked. If the blood supply is cut off for more than a few minutes, heart muscle cells suffer permanent injury or die. This can kill or disable someone, depending on how much heart muscle is damaged.

The best protection against heart attack is to arm yourself with information about your risks, the signs and symptoms of heart disease and steps you can take to reduce your risk. HRMC is offering several activities to help the community better understand heart disease and seek treatment if they are at risk.

• Feb. 25, 1 to 3 p.m. — Heart Month Celebration: Join HRMC is celebrating February as National Heart Month while learning about your risk for heart disease, as well as diagnosis and treatment options available at your local hospital. Cookies and refreshments will be served and the public is invited.

• Feb. 27, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Go Red … Taste for Your Heart: Dr. Kelly Steffen, a visiting cardiologist with Sanford Heart, will be the keynote presenter at HRMC’s tenth annual Go Red event to be held at the Campus Center in Huron.

Women are invited to wear their favorite red outfit and come and go throughout the evening to browse interactive health displays and health screenings each featuring a “taste” of food prepared in a healthier way.

Steffen will present “Heart Health for Women,” information on diet and exercise and the Go Red Movement to prevent heart disease in women, at 5:30 p.m.

Dr. Karl Blessinger, HRMC’s pathologist, will top off the evening at 7 p.m. by demonstrating a recipe rehab on a favorite dessert recipe.

Advance tickets are $5 if purchased by Feb. 24 at the HRMC information desks or online at www.huronregional.org. After Feb. 24 and at the event, tickets will be $10. More information about preventing heart disease is available online at www.americanheart.org.

Coming March 27

Discounted Heart Screenings: A simple blood test and questionnaire screens participants for five modifiable risk factors for heart disease, including:

• Blood pressure

• Height/weight/body mass index,

• Cholesterol (total, HDL, LDL and triglycerides)

• Glucose (blood sugar)

• Smoking/tobacco habits

The screenings are designed to educate participants, as well as identify their risks. Participants are individually counseled by medical professionals and encouraged to seek physician follow-up, if needed, after the screening.

This annual heart screening is being held on March 27 this year to help avoid weather postponements which have occured the past couple of years.

If your civic group is interested in a free presentation on heart disease, please call 353-6572. For more information on heart month activities, contact HRMC at 353-6200 or online at www.huronregional.org. More information about American Heart month and how to recognize and reduce risk factors for heart disease is available at www.americanheart.org or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

For the complete article see the 02-16-2014 issue.

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