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10th annual free Heart Healthy Day at Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa

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Phoenix Suns’ Golden Grannies. (Special to MyNewsMesa.com)

February is Heart Health Month and what better way to kick it off than to attend the 10th annual Free Heart Healthy Day at Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa tomorrow.

Coinciding with Mountain Vista Medical Center’s 10th anniversary, Heart Healthy Day has become a signature community event that raises greater awareness and empowers the community to take charge of their heart health through a series of free screenings, physician-led seminars, a live cooking demonstration, and even a knock-out performance from 10 to 11 a.m. by the Phoenix Suns’ Golden Grannies. The Phoenix Suns Gorilla “Go” will also make an appearance.

“This event is a great way to participate in free screenings to gauge your health and learn more about heart disease, stroke and diabetes, which is top of mind for many right now in the midst of Heart Health Month,” said Dr. Shantha Kumar, cardiologist on the medical staff of Mountain Vista Medical Center.

The following screenings will help people gauge their current health status and learn how to treat or prevent potentially life-altering diseases. The screenings, which require an appointment, include:

  • Cardiac and stroke risk assessments.
  • Cholesterol and glucose checks.
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD) screenings.
  • Body mass index (BMI) checks.
  • Blood pressure checks.
  • Pulmonary function testing (PFT).
  • Foot exams.

The event also includes a variety of useful, easy-to-understand health information around key topics, including:

  • Weight-loss.
  • Heart disease.
  • Diabetes.
  • Stroke.
  • Wound treatments.
  • Foot care.
  • Smoking cessation.

A team of physicians on the medical staff at Mountain Vista will lead a series of free seminars on important health topics, including:

  • Cardiology 101 (8:30 a.m., led by Dr. Christopher Lichtenwalter).
  • Diabetes and our Heart (9:10 a.m., led by Dr. Vidhya Kannan).
  • Heartbeat of America: General Heart Health (9:50 a.m., led by Dr. Shantha Kumar).
  • Your Waistline and Your Heart (10:30 a.m., led by Dr. Rob Schuster).

Awareness is key to prevention. According to the latest American Heart Association statistics, cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading global cause of death. More than 17.3 million people die from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases around the world each year. In Arizona, 1-in-4 deaths are directly caused by heart disease or stroke, echoing the national statistics, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. A third of these deaths are preventable through increased understanding of risk factors and simple lifestyle changes.

For more information about Heart Healthy Day, visit www.mvmedicalcenter.com. To book an appointment for a free health screening, call 1-877-924-WELL (9355).

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