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Jackson Hospital recognizing Heart Week Feb. 14-20

Hospital news | Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Montgomery, AL- In recognition of February being National Heart Month, Jackson Hospital will have several activities during the week of Feb. 14, concluding with the Cardiac Risk Screenings on Saturday, February 19. The screenings will take place from 8am to 12pm at Jackson Hospital Outpatient Services, 1725 Pine Street, for $20. Screenings include blood pressure, glucose, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, EKG, body mass index, and a personal review with cardiologists from Cardiology Associates of Montgomery.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 14, Jackson will be illuminated in red throughout the week to celebrate heart month, and hospital volunteers will sell Valentine’s Day goodies to deliver to patients who are currently in the hospital.

On Wednesday, Feb. 16, Jackson Hospital will be recognized for becoming the first accredited chest pain center in Montgomery. The presentation will be held from 2-4pm in the lobby. The media is urged to attend this special recognition.

Hospital employees will honor heart month by wearing red on Friday, Feb. 18.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability, and most people would be surprised to know that about every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event. The most common heart disease in the United States is coronary heart disease, which often appears as a heart attack. In 2010, an estimated 785,000 Americans had a new coronary attack, and about 470,000 will have a recurrent attack. About every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about one every minute will die from one.

To register for the Cardiac Screening, call 334-293-8805 or visit jackson.org/events. Space is limited!