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Published on January 22, 2014

February Devoted to Matters of the Heart

With Valentine’s Day, February is already dedicated to matters of the heart. It is also a month recognized by Congress and the President of the United States as American Heart Month. Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) is sponsoring events throughout February to focus attention on heart disease.

Heart disease kills roughly the same number people in the United States each year as cancer, lower respiratory diseases (including pneumonia), and accidents combined. The statistics are staggering:

• 2,200 people in the U.S. die from heart disease each day; 800,000 each year (150,000 are under 65)

• 1 in 3 adults (80 million) in the U.S. have some form of heart disease, stroke or other blood vessel disease

• 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes occur in the U.S. annually

Often referred to as a “silent killer” because symptoms generally do not appear before it’s too late, heart disease does not have to be a death sentence. Everyone can take steps to protect their heart by participating in routine screening, and, when symptoms persist, seeking medical care as soon as possible. Education, awareness, lifestyle choices and knowing what to do if you suspect someone is having a heart attack can make a significant difference in surviving a cardiac event.

The top six risk factors for heart disease are:

• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• Tobacco use
• Diabetes
• Lack of exercise
• Diet 

Heart Month Events

National Wear Red Day®
Friday, February 7
Research shows that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the US. In response to this finding, American Heart Association launched Go Red For Women™, in an effort to save lives and raise awareness of this serious issue. The red dress has become the iconic symbol of the battle against heart disease in women. Wear red on February 7 to show your commitment and support in fighting heart disease. For more information, visit

Day of Dance
Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WestGate Mall: 205 W. Blackstock Road Spartanburg, SC
Bring your family and friends to dance, walk with a Doc, listen to music, participate in health screenings and learn about simple ways to stay healthy. Free screenings include cholesterol and other options to assess your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. No appointment is necessary and fasting is recommended for blood work.  CPR training will be offered 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 560-7999 for more information.

Cardiovascular Risk Screenings
Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WestGate Mall: 205 W. Blackstock Road Spartanburg, SC
Free cardiovascular risk screenings will be performed for those currently not under cardiologist’s care. Fasting is recommended.  Registration is not required. Call 560-4472 for more information. 

CPR Saturday
Saturday, February 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WestGate Mall: 205 W. Blackstock Road Spartanburg, SC
This “CPR for Family and Friends” course gives participants an opportunity to learn how to be a “life saver” but is not intended for school or job requirements. It is recommended for attendees age eight and over. Join us in the Costco mall entrance and each participant receives a free t-shirt, while supplies last. An automated external defibrillator (AED) will be donated to the church that brings the most participants (based on the percentage of attendance by membership). Call 560-7999 for more information.

WomenHeart Support Group
Wednesday, February 12, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Heart Center Auditorium: 101 East Wood Street
WomenHeart is a support group, led by a Mayo Clinic- trained facilitator, where women can express their feelings with a peer group who understands the emotional toll of a diagnosis of heart disease. This group meets on the third Wednesday of each month and is open to any woman living with or at risk of heart disease. Lunch will be provided, registration required. For more information and to register, call 560-4472.

Nutritional Navigation: A Grocery Store Tour
Monday, February 3, 7 p.m.; Publix Thornblade: 411 The Pkwy.; Greer
Thursday, February 13, 10 a.m.; BI-LO: 140 Fernwood Dr.; Spartanburg
Monday, February 24, 10 a.m.; BI-LO Boiling Springs: 3720 Boiling Springs Rd.
Do you have trouble sorting through the many products at the grocery store? Is it hard to eat healthy on a budget? Join dietitian Kerri Lindberg, RD, LD for an interactive tour of your local grocery store. She will share what to look for on a food label, healthy cooking tips and recipes, and general advice for navigating any grocery store. Handouts and a giveaway will be provided.

Please arrive 10 minutes before the starting time and plan to tour for one hour. Space is limited to six participants per tour so spots must be reserved in advance by calling 560-4472. Here is your first tip: never visit the grocery store on an empty stomach!

Wear Red Sunday
Sunday, February 16
Join in the American Heart Association effort and wear red to show your commitment and passion for fighting heart disease, the number one killer of women. For more information, visit

Red Shoe Luncheon
Tuesday, February 18, 11:30 a.m. 
First Presbyterian Church: 393 East Main Street
Dr. Jeff Berry, cardiologist specializing in electrophysiology with Cardiology Consultants, will speak about recent advances in Spartanburg Regional’s EP (electrophysiology) Lab and the benefits in treating heart disease. Although the event is free, registration is required. For more information and to register, call 560-7999.

2014 Upstate Heart Ball
Saturday, February 22, 6:30 p.m.
TD Convention Center: 1 Exposition Drive, Greenville
This American Heart Association black-tie charity event seeks to exceed standards of funding and community participation and will include a special presentation of the kid’s heart contest winners. To learn more about the event and to purchase tickets, visit

Heart Disease: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Thursday, February 27, 12 – 1 p.m.
Village at Pelham: Medical Office Building Community Center
Join Dr. Nalin Srivastava, cardiologist with Cardiology Consultants, for a lunch and learn on prevention of heart disease, and how cardiac catheterization can play a role in diagnosis and treatment. Lunch is provided at no charge during this event. To register, visit or call 864-849-9470.

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