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ECH to host Healthy Heart Day

Elizabethtown Community Hospital Auxiliary will be hosting its annual Healthy Heart Day on Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 3 p.n. until 6 p.m.

This year, the event will be held at the Elizabethtown Community Health Center, across from the main hospital facility, in an effort to combine the event with an informal open house, showcasing the hospital's cardiac rehabilitation facility.

This event offers community members the opportunity to take part in a free heart health screening. Participants are able to have a blood pressure check, glucose level testing and cholesterol level check. They are able to learn easy exercise tips, sample and take home heart-healthy recipes, get important health information, view various exhibits and talk with professionals about taking care of their heart.

This year, Healthy Heart Day will also feature an opportunity to visit with staff from the hospital's cardiac rehab program; and to learn about the equipment and technology required to make the program a reality. "The high-tech equipment and wireless monitoring system are impressive," said Kristin Dooley, cardiac rehab exercise specialist. "The exercise equipment tracks and monitors patient progress - it's really interesting technology."

According to Dr. Rob DeMuro, ensuring heart health is one of the most important things anyone can do. "There are many conditions that lead to heart disease, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol," he said. "If detected early the conditions are often treatable, lessening the likelihood that heart disease will develop later on. This free screening provides the perfect opportunity to do just that."

Call the hospital for questions or additional information about the event at 873-3003.

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