Knowing the risks associated with heart disease could save your life!
That was the message presented at the Harlan ARH “Love Your Heart” luncheon on Tuesday at the Harlan Center. The event is held annually in observance of national “American Heart Month.”
Dr. Vidya Yalamanchi, cardiologist at the Appalachian Heart Center in Harlan, was the keynote speaker for this year’s event, addressing approximately 30 women about prevention, diagnosing and treatment for heart disease.
Yalamanchi said heart disease may be a leading cause of death, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept it as your fate. He said you lack the power to change some risk factors, such as family history, sex or age, but there are some key heart disease prevention steps you can take.
Six tips to help you avoid heart problems in the future include: Don’t smoke or use tobacco; Exercise for 30 minutes on most days of the week; east a heart-healthy diet; maintain a healthy weight; get enough quality sleep; and regular health screenings.
“This is our third year hosting this event,” said Harlan ARH Community and Patient Advocate Mark Bell. “We invite women from the community to the event where they are given information about heart disease.”
Also speaking was Harlan ARH X-ray technician Rebecca Roff, who specializes in echo-cardiograms.
Roff presented a PowerPoint program detailing what an echo-cardiogram is and how it is used in the diagnosis of heart disease.
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