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Harlingen Medical Center Observes National Heart Month With Free Medical Screenings and More

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Harlingen Medical Center Observes National Heart Month With Free Medical Screenings and More

Woman giving man a medical screeningHarlingen – Did you know that it is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S.? Did you know that one in four deaths, each year, is caused by it? The deadly culprit is heart disease. But, there is good news. You can prevent it, from affecting your life, by making healthy choices and managing any health conditions you may have. To help prevent the potentially deadly disease and raise awareness of its effects, Harlingen Medical Center is recognizing National Heart Month by hosting a series of medical screenings and events throughout the month starting with their Annual Healthy Heart Expo, scheduled for Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. in the hospital's main lobby.

"The Annual Healthy Heart Expo is hosted to educate the public about the healthy changes they can make to lower their risk of developing heart disease," said Brenda Ivory, RN and Chief Executive Officer at Harlingen Medical Center. "This event is also a great opportunity for members of our community to come in and have complimentary medical screenings provided to them, screenings that will provide them with immediate results and allow them to make informed decisions about their well-being."

The Annual Healthy Heart Expo at Harlingen Medical Center will be a two-hour health fair that will feature medical screenings such as: blood pressure, vision, cholesterol, blood sugar, and dental. The event will include free flu vaccines for those who have not yet received their annual vaccine and will feature free massage therapy sessions. It will also include partners-in-care of the award-winning and nationally recognized hospital who will offer health and wellness education to those in attendance.

"Education is key. If people equip themselves with the knowledge to prevent heart disease then they will have a better chance of keeping disease at bay," said Eva Selvera, Dietitian at Harlingen Medical Center. "People who want to lower their risk of heart disease should 1) watch their weight, 2) quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke, 3) control their cholesterol and 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 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 the nominal fee of $139.00. Most insurance companies usually do not cover the cost of this screening unless the person has already suffered symptoms of heart disease. The screenings are completed all at once, in the same room (Radiology and Imaging Services at Harlingen Medical Center), and take about 45-minutes to complete.

If you wish to register for the "Stroke Prevention: Vascular Screening," please call the Scheduling Department at 956-365-1839 to schedule your appointment.

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 register for the "HeartSaver CT Scan."

This non-invasive tool is exclusively performed 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 easier for your cardiologist to treat.

This unique assessment tool is only $50.00 and takes less than 45-minutes to have it done. If you wish to register for the "HeartSaver CT Scan," please call the Scheduling Department at 956-365-1839 to schedule your appointment.

Doc Talk Lecture

In keeping with National Heart Month, Harlingen Medical Center's community relations program will offer three Doc Talk Lectures during the month of February all related to heart care, and, they start with Dr. Frank Mazzola's lecture "Advances in Catheter Ablation" on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Harlingen Medical Center Medical Office Building (MOB) Conference Room, located at 5505 S. Expressway 77 in Harlingen.

The Doc Talk Lecture by Dr. Mazzola will afford attendees education on the latest technology and treatment for abnormal heart rhythms.

On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at 6:00 p.m., Ginger Cunningham, RN and Trauma and Stroke Programs Coordinator at Harlingen Medical Center, will lead the Doc Talk Lecture and present on "Stroke Symptoms and Prevention." This lecture, scheduled to be held at the MOB Conference Room also, will highlight the symptoms of a stroke, what you need to do should you experience them and how to live a lifestyle that can help you keep yourself from suffering a stroke.

And, on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at 6:00 p.m., Dr. Glenn T. Thomason, DDS at Harlingen Family Dentistry, will lead the Doc Talk Lecture and present on the "Oral Health Connection to Total Health and Wellness." This lecture, will also be held at the MOB Conference Room, will make the connection between healthy gums and a healthy heart.

Dr. Thomason will cover what you need to know – should your gums show certain symptoms of heart trouble.

To register for any of these Doc Talk Lectures, please contact the Marketing Department at 956-365-1848 to RSVP. These lectures are free to the public.

At its inception in 2002, Harlingen Medical Center opened its doors to the South Texas as a heart hospital. But, since then, in an effort to meet the increasing medical needs of the community, the nationally recognized hospital has expanded its clinical services 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 of South Texas residents.