Free Community Health Education Seminar: “How to Avoid Heart Attack and Stroke” with Dr. Carlos Morales at The Rehab Center at Renaissance
In recognition of American Heart Month, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is proud to announce it will host a free seminar entitled “How to Avoid Heart Attack and Stroke” with Dr. Carlos Morales on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 at 6:00 PM at the Rehab Center at Renaissance.
February is American Heart Month, and unfortunately, most of us know someone who has had heart disease or stroke. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day. Every year, approximately 785,000 people in the United States have their first attack. Another 470,000 people who have already had one or more heart attacks have another attack. "Heart disease takes the lives of far too many people in this country, depriving their families and communities of someone they love and care for—a father, a mother, a wife, a friend, a neighbor, a spouse. With more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes a year, and 800,000 deaths, just about all of us have been touched by someone who has had heart disease, heart attack, or a stroke,” states Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when a clot blocks the blood supply to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. You can greatly reduce your risk for stroke through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication. Stroke can cause death or significant disability, such as paralysis, speech difficulties, and emotional problems. Some new treatments can reduce stroke damage if patients get medical care soon after symptoms begin. When a stroke happens, it is important to recognize the symptoms, call 9-1-1 right away, and get to a hospital quickly.
In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to heart attack. A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction, occurs when a section of the heart muscle dies or gets damaged because of reduced blood supply. A less common cause is a severe spasm of a coronary artery, which also can prevent blood supply from reaching the heart. It is important to seek treatment for a heart attack immediately. Otherwise, further damage to the heart muscle can occur and an irregular heart rhythm may develop. Sudden cardiac arrest—the stopping of the heart—occurs when the heart stops completely. Unless treated, a person whose heart has stopped will die within minutes.
The Community Health Education Series (CHES) at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is a free educational program for patients, families and caregivers looking to receive more information on health awareness topics. “Our ongoing education series is free to the public and highlights a one-to-one question and answer session by the physician,” states Marissa Castañeda, DHR Chief Operations Officer. Castañeda continues, “The mission of the series is to inform and empower the community by providing indispensable, healthcare information and support from our local physicians.”
The free “How to Avoid Heart Attack and Stroke” seminar will take place at The Rehab Center at Renaissance in the Family Room. The Rehab Center at Renaissance is located behind Doctors Hospital at Renaissance at 5403 Doctors Drive in Edinburg, Texas.
Doctors Hospital at Renaissance continues to be the premier healthcare provider in South Texas. For more information, please call Doctors Hospital at Renaissance at (956) 362-7555 or visit our website at www.dhr-rgv.com.
Pictured below: Carlos Morales, MD