February 01, 2011
CTMC Is All Heart During The Month Of February
SAN MARCOS, TX – Cardiovascular disease is the nation’s number one leading cause of death. That is why Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) is expanding its commitment to heart care by providing heart awareness events in February for “American Heart Month”.
As the month begins, CTMC is finalizing preparations to have a Certified Chest Pain Center in its Emergency Room. On Friday, Feb. 4, all CTMC associates are encouraged to wear red. Heart healthy information and other material will be available from the American Heart Association at the Daily Bread Café as well.
CTMC’s Institute for Healthy Living will host a Healthy Heart Seminar, Thursday, Feb. 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the CTMC Community Classroom. Faisal Syed, M.D., a CTMC cardiologist with Austin Heart, will be the featured speaker. CTMC’s Dietary and Nutrition Team will host a demonstration on how to make your diet heart healthy and will provide heart healthy snacks during the event.
“A healthy lifestyle is key to having a healthy heart,” said Jessica Mease, CTMC Institute for Healthy Living Operations Coordinator. “We are pleased to provide the opportunity for people to learn more about heart disease and how to live heart healthy everyday.”
Also during “American Heart Month”, residents can have their cholesterol checked at one of three CTMC HealthCheck pre-event blood draws on Feb. 11, 18 and 25 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the CTMC Community Classroom. CTMC will celebrate the 25th year of HealthCheck, which is the largest health screening event in Hays County, on Thurs., April 28 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Embassy Suites in San Marcos. In honor of the anniversary, the already-low $35 fee for nearly $500 worth of valuable tests is being rolled back to $25.
CTMC hosted the kick off of American Heart Association’s HeartWalk 2011 and will host HeartWalk’s Thank You and Awards Ceremony this spring. The hospital welcomed more than 30 area businesses for the HeartWalk kick-off luncheon on Tuesday, Jan. 25. This year’s HeartWalk is slated for Saturday, March 26 at Texas State University’s Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos.
Friends and followers of CTMC’s social media sites will receive “heart smart” recipes, tips and articles during February. CTMC can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/centraltexasmedicalcenter and on Twitter @ctmc_sanmarcos.
For more information about the Healthy Heart Seminar or HealthCheck blood draws, please call CTMC’s Institute for Health Living at 512-753-3818 or visit www.ctmc.org.