Monday, January 17, 2011

Cardiologist delivers tips to boost heart health

Banner Boswell Medical Center is celebrating American Heart Month in February with a free community seminar between 9 and 10 a.m. Feb. 8 to offer tips on how to reduce the risk of having a heart attack.

The event will be in Memorial Hall, on the first floor of the Banner Boswell Support Services Building, 13180 N. 103rd Drive, Sun City.

Cardiologist Fredric Klopf, chief of staff, will discuss how the heart works as well as offer measures you and your family can take to avoid a heart attack, such as learning to decrease you blood pressure, reduce stress and start an exercise program.

Based on information from the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading killer of Americans, 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 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.

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