January 31, 2014
VISALIA – If you knew you
were going to have a heart attack tomorrow, what would you change today?
This heart month, Kaweah
Delta Health Care District will help Tulare County residents understand what
changes they can make today to help prevent a cardiac episode in the future
during its Be Heart Smart event on Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Visalia.
The event will take place
from 4-7 p.m. at The Lamp Liter Inn, 3300 W. Mineral King Ave.
“Nobody ever thinks they are
going to have a heart attack. This is an event where we’ll help people understand
what to do daily to keep their hearts healthy,” said Robbie Geide, Director of
Kaweah Delta’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab.
Beginning at 4 p.m.,
attendees will be offered the following free screenings (if they’ve fasted for
4-hours prior to the event):
-Diabetic foot screenings
Reservations are not
Throughout the event, people
can also visit informational booths. At 5:30 p.m., attendees will hear from a
line-up of speakers including local physicians on how to stay heart healthy.
Before the event, people can find
out if they are at risk for heart disease by taking a free health risk
assessment at KaweahDelta.org and clicking on “Health Risk Assessments” or
directly at https://ha.healthawareservices.com/ra/577. Those deemed
at highest-risk for heart disease will be offered a free one-on-one
consultation with a Kaweah Delta staff member. Everyone who completes a health
risk assessment by Friday, April 4, will be entered into a drawing for a chance
to win a Kindle Fire.
Heart disease includes
conditions that affect the heart, such as coronary heart disease, heart attack,
congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease. It’s the leading cause
of death for men and women in the U.S. Each year about 785,000 Americans have their
first heart attack, while another 470,000 people who have already had one or
more have another.