West Hills, CA -- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S., according to a report from the American Heart Association (AHA). Recognizing the importance of heart health education in combatting this staggering statistic, West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, a full-service acute care facility located in the San Fernando Valley, is hosting a free Heart Smart community health event on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 2-5 p.m. at Corporate Pointe at West Hills, located at 8413 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills.
Guests will have the opportunity to learn hands-only CPR training, hear important tips about heart disease prevention and receive a free blood pressure screening. Healthy snacks will also be provided. The seminars and topics that will be offered during the Heart Smart event are detailed below:
- Hands-Only CPR Demo and Discussion (2 p.m.) - Want to help save a life? Join West Hills Hospital's cardiac catheterization lab team to learn the basics of hands-only CPR, including when and how to perform it.
- Healthy Snacks (2:20 p.m.) - Keep your heart healthy and your taste buds happy! Learn more about how you can make healthy choices from West Hills Hospital's registered dietitian, Maryam Tafti, and intern, Karin Jacinto.
- Understanding High Blood Pressure (2:45 p.m.) - High blood pressure is often referred to as the "silent killer," because it doesn't always come with obvious symptoms. Find out what you can do to recognize and prevent high blood pressure with West Hills Hospital's cardiologist, Raluca Arimie, M.D.
- Heart Attack Types and Treatments (3:30 p.m.) - Do you know the symptoms of a heart attack? Learn about the various types of heart attacks and how they're treated during this presentation by West Hills Hospital's interventional cardiologist, Ramin Farshi, M.D.
- What's in a Heartbeat? (4:15 p.m.) - If your heartbeat is irregular, it can signify a serious problem, such as atrial fibrillation. Discover what your heart rhythm is trying to tell you with West Hills Hospital's cardiac electrophysiologist, James Ong, M.D.