Heart And Lung Checks Offered At Community Health And Care Fair

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With heart disease as the No. 1 killer in America, it is important to know what to do to minimize risks of being attacked by this deadly disease.

The 10th annual Community Health and Care Fair, from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Payson High School old gym, will offer free heart and lung screenings.

Dr. Khalid Naqi, cardiologist with Payson Healthcare Specialists, will provide the screening at the health fair.

Naqi is board-certified in interventional cardiology and cardiovascular diseases and nuclear cardiology. His practice in Payson opened Aug. 18 under Payson Healthcare Management, Inc.

Naqi finished his last fellowship in interventional cardiology at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix. In addition, he completed a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.; a fellowship in internal medicine procedural skills at East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.; and residency in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease includes two categories of risk factors: those that can improve a person’s chances and those that can’t.

Statistics show four out of five people who die of coronary heart disease are 65 years of age or older. Heredity also plays a major role in heart disease, and chances of developing heart disease increase if your parents were victims of the disease. According to the American Heart Association, 80 percent of people with diabetes die from heart or blood vessel disease. Although diabetes is frequently genetic, those with diabetes can control other risk factors and closely monitor their blood sugar levels in order to lead a much-less risky lifestyle.

If you have any questions regarding heart disease or other methods of reducing your risks, contact your physician.

For more information on this year’s Community Health and Care Fair, call (928) 472-2588.

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