Community Hospital hosts free heart healthy events in February
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MONTEREY, Calif. — It is the leading cause of death and is to blame for 1 in every 4 deaths. It is responsible for more than 720,000 heart attacks and 600,000 deaths each year in the United States alone. The culprit? Heart disease. To help prevent heart disease and to increase awareness of its affects, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and its Tyler Heart Institute (THI) are participating in American Heart Month. While Monterey County has a lower rate of death from heart disease than the state of California and the nation, there is still a lot that can be done to save and improve lives.
During February, Community Hospital and THI will host four free events — all focused on helping to identify, prevent, and treat heart disease.
February 6. Go Red Tree Lighting. Join us at 6 p.m. as we light the hospital’s cypress tree in red to honor women and promote the prevention of heart disease. A graduate of THI’s Cardiac Wellness Program will be the honorary tree lighter. The red lights will come on at twilight every evening in February after February 6. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula front entrance, 23625 Holman Hwy, Monterey.
February 11. Women’s Heart Health Evening. Join us from 5:30-8 p.m. for an evening focused on women’s heart health with a free lecture, information booths, and a workout option of yoga or body sculpt. Registration is required. Space is limited. Visit www.chomp.org/classes for more information. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, 23625 Holman Hwy, Monterey.
February 19. Living with an Irregular Heartbeat Lecture. Join us from 6-7 p.m. to learn the signs, symptoms, and how to treat and live with an irregular heartbeat at this free lecture by cardiologist Eugene Liu. Registration required. Space is limited. Visit www.chomp.org/classes for more information. Peninsula Wellness Center, 2920 2nd Avenue, Marina.
February 28. Marina Healthfest. A community health fair in Marina from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free screenings and information on diabetes, cholesterol, bone health, breast health, cancer prevention, healthy eating, and more. Rocky Han Community Center, 211 Hillcrest Avenue, Marina.
Community members can make healthy changes to lower their risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:
- Watch your weight.
- Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
- If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation.
- Get active and eat healthy.
For more information on heart disease as well as a full list and links to our February heart health programs, visit www.chomp.org/hearthealth.
ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Peninsula Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at http://www.chomp.org/
ABOUT TYLER HEART INSTITUTE
Tyler Heart Institute encompasses the full range of cardiac services — heart disease prevention, diagnosis, intervention, and rehabilitation. Established in 2007, Tyler Heart Institute has a highly experienced and committed team of doctors, nurses, and staff, as well as state-of-the-art equipment.