Celebrate American Heart Month with Salem Health

Posted on January 23, 2020

Salem Health is celebrating American Heart Month this February by offering free community activities and other heart health-related events. The Salem Health Foundation is sponsoring many of the events.

Wear Red Day — Friday, Feb. 7

Join Salem Health in brightening the hospital and the community by wearing red to kick off American Heart Month and promote heart health!

Mended Hearts and free health screenings — Feb. 11–13

Screenings are from 6:30 to 10 a.m. in the Salem Health Community Health Education Center at Salem Hospital to measure cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, height and weight. Staff will help you understand results. Meet members of the Mended Hearts support group from 8 to 10 a.m. while getting your free health screening.

Please call 503-814-2432 to reserve a 15-minute appointment. Remember to fast for 12 hours before the cholesterol test!

Talk with a Doc: Living healthy with gadgets — Thursday, Feb. 13, noon to 1 p.m.

Kaiser Permanente cardiologist Priya Kansal, MD, will share the latest advancements on leading a heart-healthy lifestyle — and how fitness gadgets help! Salem Hospital, Building D, first floor, Creekside Overflow.

KYKN radio tips (all at 12:45 p.m.)

  • Feb. 3: Gabe Gaertner will share how some patients are able to stop taking blood thinners with the WATCHMAN device.
  • Feb. 6: Andy Walker, cardiac nurse navigator, will explain heart medications.
  • Feb. 21: Dan Voy will share his journey after quintuple bypass and how the Mended Hearts support group made a difference.

Heart-healthy meal planning — Wednesday, Feb. 19 and 26, 6 to 8 p.m.

Learn and sample several recipes to satisfy your appetite while protecting your heart. Come hungry and ready to learn with Chef Andre Uribe. Fee is $15. Register online at www.salemhealth.org/chec or call 503-814-2432.

Let’s give back during heart month

Many open-heart surgeries depend on donated blood — so let’s also celebrate heart month by giving back. Schedule to donate at www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

About Salem Health. Salem Health offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley. It comprises hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; “Like” us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.

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