Area heart health events and fundraisers

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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  • 8 to 11 a.m.
  • Feb. 14, 2012
  • Decatur Civic Center

The Heart Health Expo will offer various screenings and live presentations on heart healthy ideas. Available screenings will include blood pressure, glucose testing, fitness assessments and a heart attack risk assessment.

Presentations will also be given on heart healthy cooking, women’s heart health, hereditary heart disease, AEDs and how to prevent a heart attack. Visitors will learn about exercises to do at work, new technology in heart care, weight loss surgery, the benefits of quitting smoking and how to identify symptoms of heart attacks and strokes.

Several Wise Regional departments will have booths, including the cardiac cath lab, emergency room, Fit-N-Wise, cardiac rehab, CCU, imaging, inpatient rehab, clinical care associates and Emergency Medical Services.

Discounts will also be given for the cardiac calcium screening.


Keynote speaker is Bill Weir, co-anchor of late-night television news program “Nightline.”

Heart attack survivor Renee Ticknor will also tell her story.

The Go Red for Women campaign is the American Heart Association’s national effort to increase awareness of heart disease – the No. 1 killer of women (and men) in America.

The American Heart Association uses the money raised to support awareness, research, education and community programs.

More than 21 percent is spent on research, almost 40 percent on public health education and 13 percent on educating health care professionals.


The Heart Ball offers a time to celebrate the association’s work and mission, donors and volunteers and lives saved and improved.

Contributions make research funded by the American Heart Association possible, which provides breakthroughs, guidelines, training, advocacy and programs.

Giving fuels AHA research and programs designed to prevent heart disease before it starts and to help survivors thrive.


The walk is a 5K with a mile turnaround for those who wish to walk a mile.

Money raised benefits the AHA, enabling the organization to put up-to-the-minute research into doctors’ hands so they can better prevent and treat heart disease among patients.

It also gets life-saving information to those who need it most. The organization shares information on how to eat better, how to recognize the warning signs of a heart attack and how to talk to a doctor about critical health choices.

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