Heart attacks remain the leading killer in the United States, accounting for 600,000 deaths and nearly a million attacks annually.
Perhaps it starts with a pain or burning in your chest. But it could be a recurring pain in your shoulder or your jaw or your arm, followed by nausea, sweating and shortness of breath.
Prevention depends on knowing the warning signs and symptoms while managing risk factors.
To help educate the public about heart disease Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle will present a Wednesday, Feb. 13 panel discussion on heart health at 11:30 a.m.
Panel participants include Dr. Jennifer Dumbolton, D.O., of Main Street Healthcare, who will discuss cholesterol; Dr. Toby Paulson, D.O., Payson Healthcare Specialists, who will discuss the warning signs of a heart attack, angioplasty vs. bypass and the opening of the new cath lab; Mary McMullen, PRMC dietician, who will discuss the benefits of a heart healthy diet; and Michael Barland, physical therapist, PRMC Rehabilitation Services, who will discuss promoting heart health through exercise.
Risk factors include:
• High blood pressure
• High LDL cholesterol
Medical conditions or lifestyle risk factors include:
• Obesity or being overweight
• Diet high in fat and sugar
• Lack of exercise
• Excessive alcohol use
The PRMC Senior Circle is located at 215 N. Beeline Highway. Reservations made at least 24 hours in advance are recommended as both seating and parking is limited. To reserve a spot, call (928) 472-9290.