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Palmetto Health, in collaboration with Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and other local partners, presents the fifth annual “Women at Heart,” a free heart-health forum and exhibition, from 8 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. The event will help women learn to take better care of their hearts. Lunch will be served to those who pre-register.
Free heart-health screenings will be offered from 7–10 a.m. at the event. In addition, there will be early screenings available from 7–10 a.m. on Aug. 15 and 29, and Sept. 4–7, 12 and 14 at Palmetto Health Baptist, 1501 Sumter St., classroom D-E. Screenings will include a fasting lipid panel, blood pressure, body mass index, fasting glucose, as well as weight and waist circumference. Health screenings require a 12-hour fast, and pre-registration is required. Participants are encouraged to register early because screening appointments are limited.
Event activities include heart-healthy cooking and fitness demonstrations, testimonials from women living with heart disease and a variety of vendor and informational exhibits. Palmetto Health physicians will discuss heart disease risk factors, as well as take questions from the audience in an “Ask the Doctor” session. Attendees are asked to wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women in South Carolina and nationally. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease kills twice as many women over the age of 25 as the next seven causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. Women are much more likely to die of a first heart attack than men because their heart disease often goes undiagnosed.
For more information or to register, visit PalmettoHealth.org/WomenAtHeart or call 803-296-CARE(2273).