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Powell Valley Healthcare is recognizing National Heart Month - hosting lunch and learn presentations on heart health in February

Community news | Friday, February 3, 2017

Contact: Jim Cannon

As the #1 killer of both men and women in the United States, heart disease or cardiovascular disease, is a health topic worthy of everyone's attention. Many factors contribute to heart disease, including smoking, heredity, diet, activity level, cholesterol levels, stress, and sleep patterns. "February is National Heart Month and Powell Valley Healthcare is reaching out to raise awareness of heart disease and what you can do to lower your risk." said CEO, Terry Odom. "We invite the community to join us in wearing red each Friday in support of this important cause." said Odom.

If you haven't had your blood pressure checked lately, you are welcome to stop by the emergency department anytime day or night for a free blood pressure check. Emergency medical services staff will happily check your blood pressure for you. This is a service they have provided to the community for a long time and they are happy to do it. There may be times when the staff can't get to you right away due to patient volumes and you may have to wait or come back at a later time, but please know you are always welcome to come in to the ER for a blood pressure check.

In addition to the free blood pressure checks, there will be two free lunch and learn presentations. The first, taking place on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, will feature Dr. Paul LaVeau, cardiologist. He will cover the important topic of caring for your heart, and the differences for men and women. This presentation begins at noon in the hospital conference room, next to the cafeteria. The second presentation will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Powell Valley Care Center recreation room at noon. Physical therapy assistant, Sarah Arthur, will cover the topic of heart healthy exercise. Sarah will talk about why we should exercise regularly, what options are available in Powell, different types of heart healthy exercise, and staying committed. To sign up for these lectures, simply go to pvhc.org and click on classes and events, or call 307.754.1104. A complimentary heart-healthy lunch will be provided for each presentation.

Another important part of heart disease awareness is the topic of heart attack. Signs and symptoms of a heart attack can be obvious, like crushing pain in your chest, or much more subtle, like discomfort or tingling in your arms, back, neck, shoulder, or jaw. You may experience unusual tiredness, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness, a heartburn-like feeling, or break out in a cold sweat. According to WebMD, women are more likely to have nausea, indigestion, and shoulder aches, rather than the hallmark chest pain that most men experience. If you ever experience any of these symptoms, you need to call 911 right away. Don't wait!

For more information about heart disease and how you can prevent it, please visit our website at pvhc.org or talk to your doctor or primary health care provider. You can also visit the American Heart Association's website at heart.org.