Area residents will be able to access important heart health information and screenings at the Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center “Love Your Heart” health fair. This free event will be held on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 from 12 – 3 p.m. in the lobby of Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center. The event is hosted by the TLRMC Cardiac Rehab department.
Free screenings and information include Carotid Artery Ultrasound screening, Healthy Heart Nutrition information, Blood Pressure screening, Oxygen Saturation levels, Glucose screening (blood sugar), Fitness and BMI testing, Healthy Living information and more. There will also be healthy (but delicious) snacks, a free carnation for the first 50 participants, and door prizes.
According to the CDC, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack every year. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year – that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type in the United States is coronary heart disease (also called coronary artery disease), which occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Coronary heart disease can cause heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the major symptoms of a heart attack or a stroke are:
- Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back
- Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg
- Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding others
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden dizziness, trouble walking, or loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
If you think that you or someone you know is having a heart attack or a stroke, call 911 immediately.