To celebrate American Heart month, Huron Regional Medical Center (HRMC) is encouraging the community to “Go Red” and get the facts and protect themselves from the crippling effects of a heart attack or stroke.
A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle (the myocardium) is severely reduced or stopped because one or more of the heart’s arteries is blocked. If the blood supply is cut off for more than a few minutes, heart muscle cells suffer permanent injury or die.
This can kill or disable someone, depending on how much heart muscle is damaged.
The best protection against heart attack is to arm yourself with information about your risks, the signs and symptoms of heart disease and steps you can take to reduce your risk. To help, HRMC is providing information about educational events and resources at www.huronregional.org/BeWell.
Sanford Heart’s mobile screening unit will also be in the community providing heart and vascular screenings on March 2 and 3 at the HRMC Legacy Plaza at 110 Fourth St. S.E.
Appointments can be made by calling 605-312-2150. More information about American Heart month and how to recognize and reduce risk factors for heart disease is available online at www.americanheart.org or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.