Emanuel Medical Center encourages residents to make heart health a priority in February, as it is American Heart Month.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in America, but there are ways to reduce or eliminate the risk of developing it, such as exercise and a healthy diet.
EMC offers a free Heart Health Challenge to help you lead a heart-healthy lifestyle. Participants will receive information, recipes and exercises to do at home by e-mail that can be useful throughout the year. To sign up, visit: https://www.emanuelmedicalcenter.org/campaigns/heart-month-2022/heart-month-sign-up
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 805,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack in both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck, or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweats, fatigue unusual feeling, heartburn, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting.
Emanuel Medical Center is dedicated to providing patients in Turlock and area with comprehensive cardiac care close to home and is a designated Heart Attack Reception Center.
The hospital also recommends taking the time to make sure you’re up to date on your health checks. Screenings and checkups often covered by insurance can alert you to health issues that need to be addressed as soon as possible. From knowing your heart health numbers to getting a mammogram or colonoscopy, early detection can prevent complications down the road.