February is Heart Health Month, and South Georgia Medical Center is coordinating its annual Heart Health Expo on Saturday, February 15 from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Valdosta State University Center located at 1205 N. Patterson Street, Valdosta.
Co-sponsored by SGMC's Dasher Memorial Heart Center, South Health District, and 100 Black Men of Valdosta, Inc, this event offers free EKG's, cholesterol and blood sugar screenings, blood pressure checks, foot screenings and body fat analyses. Educational classes on Compressions-Only CPR, heart-healthy eating, smoking cessation, and diabetes management will also be provided.
Participating physicians are Dr. William "Doug" Luke, Dr. Joel Cohen and South Health District Medical Director Dr. William R. Grow. Foot screenings will be conducted by local podiatrists, Dr. Devin Daugherty, Drs. Erin and Nic Dodson, and Dr. Rodney Raker.
Appointments are required for portions of this event and can be made by calling 229.433.1074.
Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death in the world and the leading cause of death in the United States, killing almost 380,000 Americans each year. Over 83 million Americans are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke. According to the American Heart Association, someone in the US dies from heart disease about once every 90 seconds.
For more information, call SGMC's Community Health Promotions department at 229.433.1074 or visit www.sgmc.org to see a complete schedule of community health promotion activities.
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