Banner Boswell seminar teaches how to reduce heart attack risk
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Jan. 13, 2011) – Banner Boswell Medical Center is celebrating American Heart Month in February with a free community seminar to offer tips on how to reduce your risk of having a heart attack. The event will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8 in Memorial Hall on the first floor of Banner Boswell’s Support Services Building, 13180 N. 103rd Drive, Sun City. Reservations can be made by calling (602) 230-CARE (2273) or by visiting www.BannerHealth.com/230CARE.
Cardiologist Fredric Klopf, MD, Chief of Staff at Banner Boswell, will discuss how the heart works, as well as measures you and your family can take to avoid a heart attack, such as learning to decrease your blood pressure, reduce your stress, and start an exercise program.
“A heart attack occurs when there is a sudden blockage in one of the main arteries that stops the flow of blood to the heart muscles," Dr. Klopf explained. "If blood flow is not restored quickly, the portion of the heart that is affected will die. Losing more than 30 percent of the heart muscle is usually fatal."
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading killer of Americans today with heart attack as its most visible sign. The classic symptom of a heart attack is pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back. Other symptoms can include acute shortness of breath, pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach, profuse sweating, nausea and vomiting or unexplained weakness or severe tiredness.
To learn more about keeping your heart healthy, visit www.BannerHealth.com/Heart.
About Banner Boswell Medical Center
Banner Boswell Medical Center is a 430-bed, acute-care hospital located in Sun City, Arizona. Founded in 1970, Banner Boswell offers heart services, cancer care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s diagnostics, emergency care, and medical and surgical services. Supporting Banner Boswell’s mission of excellent patient care is Sun Health, which encourages charitable giving to enhance health care delivery. Banner Boswell is part of nonprofit Banner Health, named a Top Ten Hospital System in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters, with 23 hospitals throughout the West. For more information about Banner Boswell, visit www.BannerHealth.com/Boswell.