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. Nearly 787,000 people in the U.S. died from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases in 2011. That’s about one of every three deaths in America. About 2,150 Americans die each day from these diseases, one every 40 seconds.
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.
Tuesday, February 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m., HRMC Legacy Plaza Auditorium – Heart Smart-Better Breathers and Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group: Dr. Kelly Steffen, a visiting cardiologist with Sanford Heart, will present “What You Need to Know about Heart Disease … Now!” The event is free and open to the public and lunch will be provided by Sanford Heart. Please RSVP to 353-6531.
Thursday, February 19, 12:30-7:30 p.m., Huron Arena – Screenings: Advanced heart, vascular and lung screenings by Sanford Health’s mobile unit will be available in front of the Huron Arena from 12:30-7:30 p.m. for a fee. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 888-996-4673. Screenings include: The Heart ScreenTM uses advanced tools and diagnostics to uncover critical details about the health of your heart. Vascular Screen uses advanced tools and diagnostics to uncover critical details about the health of your vascular system. This screen is for those age 40 and older. Type 1 diabetics should get screened at age 30 or older. Lung Cancer Screen is for current smokers ages 50-74 years old or former smokers who quit within the last 15 years. The goal of lung cancer screening is to find lung cancer when treatments will work best.
Thursday, February 19, 3:30-6:00 p.m., Huron Arena – Mega Heart Display: This giant, inflatable heart measures 27 feet long and 21 feet high and helps visitors understand how the heart works in order to be more aware of heart disease risks, symptoms and prevention. The Mega Heart display, provided by Sanford Heart, will be toured earlier in the day by Huron and
Thursday, February 19, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Huron Event Center – Go Red … Taste for Your Heart: This annual event will feature a fun-filled recipe makeover challenge modeled after the popular CBS television show, “Recipe Rehab.” Celebrity Cooks Dr. Karl Blessinger and Rhonda Kludt will face off against Irene Haley and Janice Farrar to remake lasagna and pumpkin and chocolate cakes to be healthier. The evening of fun, hosted by Huron Regional Medical Center, also features “What’s Food Got to Do with It,” by Dr. Travis Lehman, an internist with the HRMC Physicians Clinic. Women are invited to wear their favorite red outfit and start the evening with a walk through a Mega Heart display to see how the heart keeps the body running. Advanced tickets are just $10 at HRMC information desks or online at www.huronregional.org. Ticket price includes a healthy beverage, salad and samples of the healthy entrees and desserts. 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.