Issue 32pulse

Get Heart-Happy in Heart Month

By Jacqui D. Sinarle

How’s your heart health?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. One in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke— that’s 2,200 deaths per day! Heart disease is also the leading killer of women in America.

During American Heart Month in February, you can increase your awareness of heart health by participating in these local fun and educational events.

The American Heart Association (AHA) encourages everyone to wear red on Feb. 2 and attend its National Wear Red Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (tentative timeline) at Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto. The event will feature free blood pressure screenings from Sutter Heart and Vascular Institute, hands-only CPR trainings, and other activities for the whole family. Also, while the AHA’s Go Red For Women Luncheon sponsored by Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute is scheduled for May 4, local residents are encouraged to register and get more info at ModestoGoRedLuncheon.Heart.org.

Doctors Medical Center/Doctors Hospital of Manteca and Emanuel Medical Center invite the public to wear red and celebrate Women’s Heart Health on Feb. 2 at two special Glow Red Events. The events will feature healthy cooking demonstrations performed by an international celebrity chef, host and author. In addition, nurses and paramedics will be on hand to help participants assess their own heart healthiness, teach hands-only CPR in case of emergency, and provide useful tips to live a more heart healthy life.

These events will be held in Turlock and in Modesto. Details for the events—which will kick off each hospital’s celebration of 28 Days of Heart Health—will be available on the respective hospital’s Facebook pages starting in January.

Memorial Medical Center and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation will present HEAT (Heart Education and Training)—“Turning the Valve on Heart Disease” on Feb. 8 at the Health Education and Conference Center in McHenry Village, 1700 McHenry Ave., Ste. 60B Modesto.

Featured speakers for this public presentation on the latest in minimally invasive heart valve treatments include Dr. Amar Pohwani, MD, and Dr. Hassan Hussain, MD. Registration, heart healthy dinner and resources will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the presentation will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. To register visit: www.suttergould.org/heat or call 209-548-7860.

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