Skip to main content

MED

Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services is Recognizing that February is American Heart Month

Jan 25, 2019 02:58PM ● By MED Editor

VIBORG, SD:  February is the month to show those close to your heart that you care and love them. Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services wants to remind everyone that it is also a month to draw attention to the matters of the heart during American Heart Month where awareness is raised for leading a heart healthy lifestyle. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one cause of death in the USA; one in every four fatalities in men and women is caused by heart disease, which means a life lost every four minutes.

The staff at Pioneer Memorial will be wearing red on Friday, February 1st to celebrate National Wear Red Day, a countrywide campaign geared towards creating awareness surrounding heart and stroke prevention to support heart health.  Kayla Nielsen, CNP at Viborg Medical Clinic, will also be presenting a FREE educational presentation that day titled “Let’s Talk About Heart Health.” The event will be held at 9:30 AM at the Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home.  The following topics will be discussed:

  • Prevalence of heart disease

  • What are my risks?

  • How can it be prevented?

  • How is it treated?

Awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer has nearly doubled in the last 12 years.  However, many fail to make the connection between heart disease risk factors and their personal risk of developing the disease.  Risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome and physical inactivity all contribute to the likelihood of developing heart disease.