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Palmetto Health, in collaboration with Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and other local partners, presents the fourth annual “Women at Heart Forum and Exhibition” from 8 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The free event will help women learn to take better care of their hearts.
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. 16 and 30, and Sept. 13-16 at Palmetto Health Heart Hospital. 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 advance registration is required. Participants are encouraged to register early because screening appointments are limited.
Event activities include: heart-healthy recipe samples prepared by local and celebrity chefs; Zumba® and other heart-healthy fitness demonstrations; stress management techniques; testimonials from women living with heart disease; tips on sleep and the healthy heart; 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 “Ask the Doctor” sessions. Attendees are asked to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Lunch will be served to those who pre-register.
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 803-296-2273.