St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) February 09, 2012
Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans and an astounding 70 million Americans suffer from cardiovascular disease. Yet many people are not aware of their risk, and just as importantly, the simple steps one can take to prevent heart disease and improve cardiovascular health. In an effort to save lives and promote heart healthy living, Mercy Hospital St. Louis will host its annual free Heart to Heart Fair, a community event which offers free heart health screenings, lively stage demonstrations, one-on-one consultations with Mercy healthcare professionals and more. The event will take place from 8 am to 1 pm on Friday, Feb. 24 and from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, Feb. 25 at West County Center, the mall located at I-270 and Manchester Road in Des Peres.
Taking place in front of Macy’s at West County Center, fair attendees will receive on-the-spot heart health screenings and follow up counseling with Mercy healthcare professionals. There will also be informational booths on a number of health related topics, including smoking cessation; stroke prevention; prescription drug interactions; nutrition and more. Additional exhibitors in front of Nordstrom at West County Center include Walmart, Damar Travel, Chefs in the Making, Title Boxing, Les Bouquets, American Heart Association, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, Laumeier Sculpture Park and others providing information, special offers and free samples. Throughout each day there will be presentations, giveaways, interactive fitness activities, food samplings and cooking demonstrations on the Heart to Heart Stage.
Although the event is free, online pre-registration is encouraged at http://www.mercy.net/stlouismo or call 314-856-0502. (When clicking through, please wait for the Heart to Heart Fair page to appear.)
“Know Your Numbers”
Anyone age 21 and over is encouraged to attend the Heart to Heart Fair and get screened. Through a series of simple screenings, each individual will receive their “numbers,” which help the onsite health care providers quickly evaluate if a person’s heart health is in within the normal ranges. Follow up counseling will be provided with valuable information on lifestyle improvements and additional care if recommended. Mercy cardiologists and health professionals stress the importance of understanding the risk of heart complications.
It is not necessary to fast prior to the free heart health screening, and all participants will have the opportunity to be evaluated for important health indicators, including:
“The Mercy Health Foundation and Boeing are proud corporate sponsors of the Heart to Heart Fair” says Sarah L. Spradlin, Regional Vice President, Mercy Foundation. “This event enables Mercy to continue educating and promoting a heart healthy lifestyle, and we are fortunate that it has become one of the largest outreach efforts in the area regarding cardiovascular health.”
Contrary to the common belief that heart disease is only a “man’s disease,” it is in fact the leading cause of death for American men and women. The American Heart Association reports that between 70-89 percent of cardiac events occur in men. Roughly two-thirds of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. About every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event and every minute, one will die from one.
“Our goal is to save lives by early detection,” says Dr. Jeanne Cleveland, one of the Mercy physicians who have been involved with the project for the past five years. “We will focus on how people can help prevent heart disease using risk factor modification, such as smoking cessation, exercise, and dietary changes.”
Mercy responded to the community’s need and in 2006 opened Mercy Heart and Vascular Hospital on its eighty-acre campus. This is the first and only facility in the St. Louis region dedicated exclusively to heart and vascular care. The state-of-the-art heart hospital has nine levels and includes physician offices, operating rooms, a chest pain evaluation unit, laboratories, diagnostic services, rehabilitation, educational resources, wellness programs and nutritional services. The staff of cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and other medical professionals brings their expertise, coupled with advanced technology and options, to each patient. West County Center is located at I-270 and Manchester Road in Des Peres. Convenient parking to the event is located in the Ballas Road parking structure or surface parking outside of Macy’s.
Mercy – Sisters of Mercy Health System – is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 36,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.