Local Women Benefit from Heart Health Reception
Seventy-five women attended Parrish Medical Center’s exclusive Red
Hot Heart Health Reception on Wednesday, February 23 at the Holiday Inn
Titusville-Kennedy Space Center in Titusville.
Of the 75 attendees, 58 participated in the free health screenings and
assessments, which were provided by Parrish Medical Center clinical care
partners. Screenings included blood pressure checks, blood glucose levels,
respiratory health, stroke assessments and peripheral artery disease (PAD)
assessments. Screenings were based on American Heart Association “Know
The results showed that 20 of the 58 women who participated in the health
screenings had high blood pressure, eight had higher than recommended
blood glucose levels, eight had possible respiratory problems, seven were
at risk for stroke, and eight were at risk for PAD (based on their written
assessments for stroke and PAD). Also, of the women who reported having
experienced a past heart attack, all stated they ignored the first signs
and waited hours, and even days, before seeking treatment. The most common
symptoms reported by the heart attack survivors in attendance were jaw
pain, shoulder pain, nausea and chronic fatigue. The average age of the
participants was 58.
In addition to the free heart health screenings, the attendees participated
in a Zumba demonstration and heard from Interventional Cardiologist Amitra
Caines, M.D., who spoke about the signs and symptoms of heart attack in
women and advances in Heart Disease Treatments for Women.
The event, sponsored by PMC’s Art of Healing Hearts (cardiovascular
care) and Spirit Of Women, was all about healthy hearts and active lifestyles
for all women. Each attendee also received a complimentary tote bag full
of gifts from local businesses, and was eligible for door prizes donated
by Titusville’s Mr. Submarine and Merle Norman Studio.
For more information about PMC’s cardiovascular care program and
to learn the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, visit parrishmed.com
and click on programs and services.