Haywood Regional Hosting “Know Your Numbers” Heart Health Screenings

February 5, 2018

Haywood Regional Medical Center is hosting the series “Know Your Numbers - Heart Month Screening”. The screenings will include BP / BMI screenings, heart healthy recipe book, signs and symptoms of a heart attack education, Stay Alive – Don’t Drive, hands only CPR information, and more. These events are free of charge and open to the public.   

Location and dates are as follows:

Tuesday Feb 6
9-11 AM
Food Lion 179 Paragon Pkwy, Clyde NC 28721
Tuesday Feb 13
9-11 AM
Food Lion 179 Paragon Pkwy, Clyde NC 28721
Tuesday Feb 20
9-11 AM
Food Lion 179 Paragon Pkwy, Clyde NC 28721

Monday Feb 26
4-7 PM
 

Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center 75 Leroy George Dr, Clyde NC 28721

Tuesday Feb 27
9-11 AM

Food Lion 179 Paragon Pkwy, Clyde NC 28721

“People tend to wait to call for help when they are having symptoms of a heart attack, especially if it isn't sudden intense chest pain" said Denise Ebert RN, CCRN Director of Intensive Care and Progressive Care.  Although some heart attacks are sudden and intense, most start slowly, with mild chest, back, arm and/or jaw pain or discomfort. Symptoms also may include shortness of breath and nausea, especially in women and diabetics. Ebert continues, “1 in 4 people die every year due to heart disease. The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what we hope to accomplish through this outreach is to educate people that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient. With our accreditation and ongoing community outreach, we hope to bring greater awareness to the importance of heart health and help more people in western North Carolina.”

Haywood Regional Medical Center became an Accredited Chest Pain Center in Nov 2016. Haywood engaged in rigorous evaluation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care for the ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. Chest Pain Center accreditation improves care by enhancing coordination among all providers involved in the patient’s care: emergency responders, local EMS, our hospital ED team, the critical care unit and cardiac rehab. To Western North Carolina, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:

  • Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
  • Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
  • Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital

To learn more about heart health, signs and symptoms of heart attacks, and cardiac services at Haywood Regional visit MyHaywoodRegional.com/Heart or call 800.424.DOCS (3627) to be connected with a Haywood Cardiologist.