Texas Health Cleburne Invites Community to Health Walks
01/29/2010

CLEBURNE, Texas — Cutting the risk of a heart attack boils down to six simple actions, according to the National Institutes of Health Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Yet each year, an estimated 1.1 million Americans experience a heart attack and 460,000 of those people die from it. And many people are unaware of their risk for heart disease.

Heart disease occurs at a rate of nearly double that of all cancers, according to the American Heart Association. Nearly 39 percent of female deaths in the United States are from cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

To help the community better know the risk factors for heart disease, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne will host three walks for members of the community on Friday, Feb. 5. The walks will be held at 7:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m.

Individuals are encouraged to wear red to support the cause. Blood pressure and heart rates can be checked at the event.

“One step people can take to reduce their risk factors for heart disease is to be active,” said Ronda Dillard, RN, employee health nurse at Texas Health Cleburne. “We invite members of the community to get walking with us to collectively reduce our community’s risk for heart disease. It is particularly important that women not ignore warning signs and take steps to improve your health before a medical crisis occurs.”

To help lower the risk of heart attack, the NIH institute recommends that individuals:

  • Stop smoking
  • Cut high blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Live an active lifestyle
  • Manage diabetes

The American Heart Association says to look for these heart attack signs:

  • Chest discomfort, including uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body, such as one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating and cold sweat with clammy skin
  • Anxiety

Women are more likely than men to experience shortness of breath, vomiting or back and jaw pain than men, the AHA said.

If you suspect you or a loved one could be having a heart attack, call for emergency medical help immediately. Don't waste time trying to diagnose the symptoms or driving to the hospital. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help.

For more information visit nhlbi.nih.gov/actintime.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Cleburne.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.