Heart disease claims the lives of more men and women, in the U.S., than
any other disease. It is sometimes referred to as the silent killer, because
symptoms are hardly felt until an extreme episode occurs, such as a heart
attack or stroke. But, you can prevent it from affecting your life by
making healthy food choices, opting to exercise, and manage any chronic
health conditions you may have.
To educate the community about heart disease and raise awareness of its
effects, Harlingen Medical Center is observing National Heart Month by
hosting its Annual Healthy Heart Expo on Friday, February 10, 2017, between
the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. in the hospital's main lobby,
located at 5501 S. Expressway 77 in Harlingen.
"The Healthy Heart Expo is a wonderful opportunity for community members
to come and receive free medical screenings and educate themselves about
heart disease and its dangerous effects," said Manny Chacon, Regional
Director of Business Development and Marketing at Harlingen Medical Center.
"This is also a great opportunity for people to learn the importance
of making healthy food choices, incorporating regular exercise into their
daily life, and managing any chronic disease they may have, such as Type
II Diabetes, which may lead to a heart attack or stroke if left untreated."
The Annual Healthy Heart Expo will feature free medical screenings, including:
blood sugar level, blood pressure, vision and dental. Health and wellness
education will also be available to attendees. A Doc Talk Lecture, featuring
a Nutritionist, will follow the Expo at 10:00 a.m. in the hospital's
Administration Classroom. The topic is "Eat Healthier, Live Healthier."
You may RSVP for the lecture at (956) 365-1848 or at
"Education is key to maintain health. If people equip themselves with
the knowledge to prevent heart disease then they will have a better chance
of keeping the disease at bay," said Eva Selvera, Registered Dietitian
at Harlingen Medical Center. "People who want to lower their risk
of heart disease should 1) maintain their weight at a healthy number,
2) if they smoke, they should quit and stay away from second-hand smoke,
3) control their bad cholesterol and high blood pressure, 4) if they drink
alcohol, drink only in moderation, and 5) get active and eat healthy."
Stroke Prevention: Vascular Screening
In recognition of National Heart Month, Harlingen Medical Center will offer
its month-long special, "Stroke Prevention: Vascular Screening."
The non-invasive vascular screening is used to take an image of the 1)
Carotid Artery, 2) Abdominal Aorta, and 3) Peripheral Arterial. The carotid
artery is screened for buildup of fatty plaque, which can lead to a stroke
if left untreated. The abdominal aorta is screened for the presence of
an aneurysm, which can lead to a ruptured aortic artery and cause instantaneous
death. The peripheral arterial are screened for plaque buildup in the
lower extremities, which if present can lead to Peripheral Arterial Disease
(PAD), also known as atherosclerosis, and even cause heart disease.
All three screenings are performed for a nominal fee of $139.00. Most insurance
companies usually do not cover the cost of this screening unless the person
has already suffered from heart disease. The screenings are completed
all at once, in the same room (Radiology and Imaging Services Department
at Harlingen Medical Center), and take about 45-minutes to complete.
To register for the "Stroke Prevention: Vascular Screening,"
please call the Scheduling Department at (956) 365-1839, to book your
HeartSaver CT Scan
If you suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, abnormally high cholesterol
level, use tobacco, have a family history of heart disease, and/or are
post menopausal, then you may want to consider having a "HeartSaver
CT Scan" performed.
The HeartSaver CT Scan is a non-invasive tool that is exclusively available
at the Harlingen Medical Center Imaging Center, located at 512 Victoria
Lane, Suite 5, in Harlingen. It is the only one of its kind in Cameron
County. It is considered to be one of the finest ultimate heart disease
risk assessment tools available today. It can indicate calcium or plaque
build-up in the coronary arteries and it can disclose heart disease, at
all stages, making it easier for your cardiologist to treat.
This unique, prevention and risk assessment costs only $50.00 and takes
less than 45-minutes to complete. To register for the "HeartSaver
CT Scan," please call the Scheduling Department at (956) 365-1839,
to book your appointment.
About The Cardiovascular Center at HMC
The Cardiovascular Center at Harlingen Medical Center is paving the way
for progressive treatment of cardiac patients. The award-winning and nationally
recognized hospital specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular
disease. It features a top-ranked heart team that provides minimally-invasive
diagnostic testing and treatment, as well as advanced cardiac and vascular
interventions, such as angioplasty, stenting, cardiac ablation, open heart
surgery, minimally invasive heart valve repair and replacement, and coronary
artery bypass graft.
At its inception in 2002, Harlingen Medical Center opened its doors to
the South Texas as a heart hospital. But, since then, in meeting the increased
medical needs of the community, the nationally recognized hospital has
expanded its clinical service lines and health and wellness programs.
Harlingen Medical Center's heart program continues to be at the center
of this hospital. Its commitment to this program has catapulted the hospital
to national recognition for its heart program and has saved and improved
the lives of thousands.
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