SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) Learn how to keep your heart pumping the way it should at the Intermountain Medical Center Free Community Heart Fair: Heartbeat 2018.
Sarah Young, Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, explains the importance of keeping a healthy heart and shared the following facts:
- Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women.
- Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined.
- Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing nearly 380,000 people annually.
- In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds.
- Every 60 seconds, someone in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event.
Heartbeat 2018 is the largest heart fair in the Intermountain West and offers the community an opportunity to learn more about their heart health with access to some of the region’s top cardiovascular experts. Admission is free (and cholesterol screening is just $8).
You’ll be able to walk inside an inflatable human heart, learn about cardiovascular functions, observe examples of various types of heart disease, and see displays of some of the latest medical treatments for heart problems. The MEGA heart is approximately 13 feet high by 15 feet wide by 26 feet long.
Inside you’ll learn about heart valves, endocarditic infection, ventricular septal defects, mitral valve prolapse, and thrombus. On the exterior, you’ll learn about myocardial infarction, coronary arteries, coronary bypass graft, and coronary stents.
Other activities and event at the Heart Fair:
- Get an assessment to determine your risk for heart disease. Depending on your score and your risk factors, you may be eligible for an electrocardiogram (EKG) at the Community Heart Fair.
- Cholesterol and lipid testing. New this year: Cholesterol and lipid testing is available to all adult participants at a discounted price of just $8. Cash, credit card, and checks will be accepted. Come fasting.
Fun for the kids.
Bring your kids to the Fun Zone, redesigned with new activities and more space. Look through a microscope at heart tissue and play a life-sized operation game. Kids can also tour a Murray City fire truck and ambulance and get an up-close look at an Intermountain Life Flight helicopter (weather permitting).
Free family snapshot.
- Bring the whole family and grab a free family snapshot at our photo booth.
Heart-healthy cooking demonstrations.
- Learn how to cook easy and delicious heart-healthy meals in demonstrations from Intermountain Healthcare chefs.
Smart phone apps for heart health.
- Put your hand-held device to work for your heart by attending our classes on heart-healthy apps.
- Do you know what a heart valve looks like? Do you understand your heart’s electrical system? Take a deep dive with one of our clinicians and really get to know your heart.
- Relax and regroup with their team of supportive pet therapy animals and their caregivers from Intermountain Therapy Animals.
Do you know how to save a life? Learn the latest techniques in bystander CPR and be ready to handle an emergency cardiac arrest in your home or community.
The Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute is one of the nation’s premier heart centers, and has renowned heart experts in more than a dozen heart specialties, including artificial heart/mechanical support, heart rhythm disorders, heart failure, structural heart disorders and heart surgery.
Heartbeat 2018 is Saturday, February 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m..at Intermountain Medical Center. Address: 5020 S. Cottonwood Street, Murray
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Registration is not necessary.
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