Texas Health Stephenville Hosts Heart Health Screenings|
STEPHENVILLE, 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.
To help the community better know the risk factors for heart disease, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville will host a health fair from 7 to 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 5. For a fee, various health screenings also will be available in the Texas Health Stephenville Belknap Lobby that morning. Individuals may pay to be screened with the following tests:
Texas Health Stephenville will accept checks or cash for the screenings. Credit cards will not be accepted. Fasting is required for accurate results.
Texas Health Stephenville also will be performing free screenings of people’s height, weight, blood pressure, BMI and body fat. Hospital employees will staff booths that will offer information on fitness, nutrition, diabetes and heart health. Dr. Poongodhai Ramachandran, a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Stephenville, also will give a short presentation on steps individuals can take to protect their hearts.
“Taking preventive steps is crucial to avoiding a heart attack,” Ramachandran said. “These days many resources are available online or through a physician’s office to help decrease an individual’s risk of a heart attack. Basically, individuals should live healthy, active lifestyles and maintain a healthy diet along with working alongside their physician.”
To help lower the risk of heart attack, the institute recommends that individuals:
The American Heart Association says to look for these heart attack signs:
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.
“Remember, with heart attacks, time is muscle,” Ramachandran said.
For more information, visit nhlbi.nih.gov/actintime.
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