Hearts have a lot of love to give, so why not give some love back? To help residents learn how to take care of their ticker, as well as their overall health, Mountain Vista Medical Center hosts its 10th annual Free Heart Healthy Day from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 1301 S. Crismon Road in Mesa.
Coinciding with Mountain Vista Medical Center’s 10th anniversary, Heart Healthy Day has become a signature community event that raises greater awareness and empowers the community to take charge of their heart health through a series of free screenings, physician-led seminars and a live cooking demonstration.
Mountain Vista Medical Center is offering the following screenings to help people gauge their current health status and learn how to treat or prevent potentially life-altering diseases. The screenings, which require an appointment, include:
- Cardiac and stroke risk assessments
- Cholesterol and glucose checks
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD) screenings
- Body mass index (BMI) checks
- Blood pressure checks
- Pulmonary function testing (PFT)
- Foot exams
The event also includes a variety of useful, easy-to-understand health information around key topics, including:
- Heart disease
- Wound treatments
- Foot care
- Smoking cessation
In addition, to a cooking demonstration at 11 a.m. multiple performances by the Phoenix Suns’ Golden Grannies, a team of physicians on the medical staff at Mountain Vista Medical Center will lead a series of FREE seminars on important health topics, including:
- Cardiology 101 (8:30 a.m., led by Christopher Lichtenwalter, M.D.)
- Diabetes and our Heart (9:10 a.m., led by Vidhya Kannan, M.D.)
- Heartbeat of America: General Heart Health (9:50 a.m., led by Shantha Kumar, M.D.)
- Your Waistline and Your Heart (10:30 a.m., led by Rob Schuster, M.D.)
Awareness is key to prevention. According to the latest American Heart Association statistics, cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading global cause of death. More than 17.3 million people die from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases around the world each year. In Arizona, 1-in-4 deaths are directly caused by heart disease or stroke, echoing the national statistics, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. A third of these deaths are preventable through increased understanding of risk factors and simple lifestyle changes, which is one of the reasons Mountain View Medical Center has continued to deliver Heart Healthy Day as a signature community program.
For more information about Heart Healthy Day visit www.mvmedicalcenter.com or to book an appointment for a free health screening, call 1-877-924-WELL (9355).