Hearts N Motion recap

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.

Heart Attack
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.

Click here for a link to the American Heart Association’s warning signs.

Here are a few photos from the event (click image to see larger version): Danna Weatherford, 2836HNMBalanceTesting310x153 PT assistant at the Neuromuscular Balance & Rehab Center, performs a balance screening on a participant at Hearts N Motion.




In this photo, Fonda Dyck (second from left) of Laboratory Medicine participates 2803HNMExerciseDemoAudParticipation310x153 in a Zumba demonstration during the Hearts N Motion event.





Levonne Outlaw, RN, (at left) of the Stroke Care Network and Cecilia Land, division director, Rehab Services, 2814HNMLevonneCeciliaStrokeNetwork310x153 educate participants on the risks, signs, and symptoms of stroke.





Students from the Dothan Technology Center’s culinary arts program offered heart healthy 2785HNMCookingDemo310x153 cooking demonstrations.









Members of SAMC’s Young Hearts exercise program demonstrate a low impact aerobic exercise 2870HNMYoungHearts310x153 routine. Young Hearts is a free exercise and wellness class offered to Wiregrass seniors at the Living Well Fitness Center.





Elias Quintos, MD, of Southeastern Cardiovascular Associates, and Srinivasa Chennareddy, MD of Southern Cardiovascular Care, answer 2907HNMQuintosChenna310x153 heart health–related questions from the audience.




 Kaye Crawford, RN of Cardiac Rehabilitation, assists a participant with a body 2824HNMKayBodyFatTest310x153 fat analysis.