According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. One in every three deaths is from heart disease or stroke, which equals 2,200 deaths per day. To raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and promote healthy communities, Johnston Memorial Hospital, Russell County Medical Center and Smyth County Community Hospital are hosting events aimed at helping people achieve better heart health.
The community events are free to the public, and attendees will have the opportunity to hear from various medical staff who will provide tips on improving your heart health, limiting your risk of related diseases and more.
There will also be health screenings offered at each location, including glucose and blood pressure. Community members who are found to be at risk of cardiovascular disease will be given vouchers to have an ankle-brachial index (ABI) screening performed at their local hospital for free. The event at Johnston Memorial Hospital will also offer cholesterol, bone density, stress management and sleep apnea screenings.
Refreshments will be provided, and attendees will have a chance to win door prizes.
The dates, times and locations are listed below.
- Monday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m.
Town Hall Community Center
405 W. Main St.
Please call 276-883-8190 for questions.
- Friday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Johnston Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center
2nd floor conference room
16000 Johnston Memorial Dr.
Please call 276-258-3740 for questions.
- Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Emory & Henry College
School of Health Sciences
W.L. Lemmon Lecture Hall
565 Radio Hill Rd.
Please call 276-378-1206 for questions.
For more information, visit https://www.mountainstateshealth.com/heart-month.