SAMC kicked off Heart Health Awareness Month with its signature event, Hearts N Motion, on February 1 at Wiregrass Commons Mall. More than 800 people were exposed the Medical Center’s various services during the event, in its eleventh year.
A total of 170 people volunteered for free cholesterol, blood sugar and thyroid screenings at the event, which also included heart healthy cooking demonstrations, high-impact exercise routines and a panel discussion with cardiothoracic surgeon Elias Quintos, MD and cardiologist Srinivasa Chennareddy, MD.
The event seeks to make the general public aware of the warning signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest and stroke.
Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes or goes away and then comes back. It can feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
Spot it FAST – Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 9-1-1.
Here are a few photos from the event (click image to see larger version): Danna Weatherford, PT assistant at the Neuromuscular Balance & Rehab Center, performs a balance screening on a participant at Hearts N Motion.
Members of SAMC’s Young Hearts exercise program demonstrate a low impact aerobic exercise routine. Young Hearts is a free exercise and wellness class offered to Wiregrass seniors at the Living Well Fitness Center.