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Hospital hosts quarterly health fair

• Henry Mayo plans Friday event

Posted: June 12, 2008 1:36 a.m.
Updated: August 13, 2008 5:03 a.m.
 

 

Mechanics advise an auto checkup once every three months. And that's how often Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital holds its quarterly "Care for Your Heart" Health Fair for members of the community to receive free heart checkups from the hospital's health professionals.

The next fair takes place Friday from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Community Center.

Like the warning lights on your car's dashboard, the signs of heart disease often come after a problem has already progressed. That's why Newhall Memorial encourages people to attend the fair for complimentary cholesterol and blood glucose tests, blood pressure monitoring, height and weight measurements, body fat analysis, and more.

"Heart disease is our nation's number one killer, yet the risk can be managed, often with simple lifestyle changes," said Douglas Gadowski, MD, Medical Director of Henry Mayo's Cardiology Department. The fair features information on these lifestyle habits to reduce risk of heart disease, as well as smoking cessation and dietary information.

Usually about 50 people of all ages attend the heart health fairs, according to Laura Young, the hospital's public relations manager. Senior citizens, and even adults young enough to be pulling young children in tow, attend the fairs on a regular basis to keep tabs on the blood-pumping organ.

"With how important heart health is, [education] is a good thing to have," Young said. "People should come to learn how to better take care of themselves."

Call 661 253-8408 or visit www.henrymayo.com for more information on the event.

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