Go Red Luncheon Stresses Awareness and Prevention
February 26, 2016
HURON, SD – In celebration American Heart month, 60 men and women attended Huron Regional Medical Center’s Go Red luncheon on Tuesday, February 23.
Attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch courtesy of Sanford Heart as they learned important heart health information presented by visiting cardiologist, Dr. Kelly Steffen.
Dr. Steffen described heart disease as the most common cause of death for men and women in the U.S., claiming more lives than all types of cancer combined. She went onto explain that a heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle (the myocardium) is severely reduced or stopped because one or more of the heart’s arteries is blocked.
Dr. Steffen encouraged attendees to know their risk factors and seek medical treatment immediately when cardiac symptoms occur. She explained that “time equals muscle,” and that the quicker treatment is received, the more likely heart muscle can be saved. To reduce and prevent the negative impacts of heart disease, Dr. Steffen encouraged everyone to have regular check-ups and heart screenings and to reduce risk factors by quitting smoking, eating healthier and exercising more.
Several Go Red attendees also posed for photos wearing read to promote heart disease awareness. These photos were posted on HRMC’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/huronregionalmedicalcenter. More information about American Heart month and how to recognize and reduce risk factors for heart disease is available online at www.americanheart.org or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.
Photo cutline: Many attendees wore red to promote heart month while enjoying a complimentary lunch along with heart health education.
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