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Vidant Health raises awareness about heart health

January 31, 2013 by Carissa D. Etters

GREENVILLE – Heart disease is the cause in one of every six deaths in the United States, and Vidant Health is raising community awareness about heart health through sponsored events in February. 
Vidant Medical Center officials encourage everyone to participate in National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 1, a day when Americans nationwide will take women's health to heart by wearing red to show their support for awareness of women’s heart disease. 
Fifth Annual Heart Expo 
The East Carolina Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center is sponsoring the Fifth Annual Heart Health Expo at the Greenville Convention Center from 9 a.m.-noon. on Feb. 16. Men, women and children are encouraged to attend the free event. Guests can learn their heart risk profiles by registering for free screenings, including blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index and blood sugar. To register for a free screening, call 1-866-705-3244 or visit https://www.eastcarolinaheartinstitute.com/. Registration is required for screenings. 

Several local doctors will present heart health seminars that focus on a variety of topics from childhood obesity to the impact of sleep disorders on your heart. Guests can also learn how to “Cook with Heart” during a healthy cooking demonstration. New this year, “A Child at Heart”, is a special kids area featuring fun, heart-healthy activities. 
“Our goal is to improve the cardiovascular health for all people in eastern North Carolina,” said Van Smith, senior vice president at Vidant Medical Center. “That’s why Vidant Health, the East Carolina Heart Institute, and our physician partners work together to offer risk assessments, screenings, and advanced treatment options designed to improve the heart health of women, men and children in eastern North Carolina every day.” 
The Heart Truth Speaking Tour featuring national speaker Eliz Greene 
Eliz Greene shares strategies for healthier lives and provides the motivation to adopt at least one. Guests will laugh, dance, and learn along with Greene as she shares personal stories and real world strategies to live longer, feel better, and stress less. The women’s speaking tour has stops all across eastern North Carolina. 
Feb 25 – Ahoskie 
Feb. 26 – Greenville 
Feb. 27 – Belhaven and Edenton 
Feb. 28 – Nags Head and Windsor 
March 1 – Wallace 
For full details call 1-800-472-8500 go online to www.VidantHealth.com/womensheart 

Here are some facts according to The Heart Truth: 
• Of the women who die each year, one in four is caused by heart disease. 
• 23 percent of women will die one year after having a heart attack. 
• Within six years of having a heart attack, 46 percent of women become disabled with heart failure. About two-thirds of women who have a heart attack fail to make a full recovery. 
About The Heart Truth 
The Heart Truth is a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease and is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Through the campaign, the NHLBI leads the nation in a landmark heart health awareness movement that is being embraced by millions who share the common goal of better heart health for all women. 

The centerpiece of The Heart Truth is the Red Dress, which was introduced as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 by the NHLBI. The Red Dress reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, and inspires them to take action. 

To learn more, visit www.hearttruth.gov. 
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