Participants Will Get Medical Questions Answered, Watch Healthy Eating Demos, and Learn Personal Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Body Composition Numbers
Torrance, Calif., April 5, 2012 - Because heart disease remains the top killer of women, more than all cancers combined, it's important to "know your numbers" and risk factors. To encourage women to learn theirs, the Torrance Memorial Medical Center Lundquist Cardiovascular Institute is sponsoring the "Love Your Heart" Free Health Screenings event Tuesday, May 1, from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Health Conference Center located at 3330 Lomita Blvd, Torrance, Calif. 90505.
The screenings include Body Mass Index (BMI) testing, blood pressure screening, and blood glucose checks. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with one of Torrance Memorial's female physicians to get any of their medical questions answered. A dietician will also be on hand to answer questions about heart healthy eating and a Farmers' Market will be set up to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables. Recipe ideas will be demonstrated and light refreshments will be served.
"Heart disease is 80 percent preventable, but many people wait until they experience symptoms or a significant health event before they take measures to improve their heart health," said Victoria Shin, M.D., Interventional Cardiology, Torrance Memorial Medical Center. "The good news is that much of this damage is reversible, but it's critically important to know your numbers and where you stand. It's quick and easy and it can save your life."
Knowing blood pressure levels and understanding their impact on the heart is critical. Life-threatening complications can develop over a course of years when hypertension (high blood pressure), exists. It is recommended that everyone 20 or older check cholesterol levels once every five years. Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. It is a fairly reliable indicator of body fatness for most people. When the percentage of fat is too high, this can put a person at higher risk for such health problems as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
The screenings are free of charge, but require registration. To learn more about the event and to register, visit www.torrancememorial.org/LoveYourHeart.