Know Your Heart Numbers

Dr. Armond LaPine, a cardiologist at Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, says there are five numbers that every Utahn should know about their heart health.
  1. Total Cholesterol: Goal is less than 200 mg/dL
  2. Blood Pressure: Goal is less than 120/80 mmHg
  3. Fasting Glucose: Goal is less than 100 mg/dL
  4. Resting Heart Rate: Goal is 50-60 bpm
  5. C Reative Protein: Goal is less than 1 mg/dL

Most of the tests are available for free on Saturday, February 8th from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m at Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute's 2014 Free Community Healthy Heart Fair.  It's being held at Intermountain Medical Center, 5121 South Cottonwood Street in Murray.

Free health screenings including blood pressure and body fat testing will be offered at the fair, along with heart risk assessments, heart-healthy cooking demonstrations and many other heart-healthy activities.

The heart fair is the state's largest healthy heart event, and continues to grow.  Last year more than 4,000 people attended the event.

Physician seminars and cooking demonstrations include:

9:15 am: "Live Well and Live Longer" - John Day, MD, Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute.

10:30 am: "What is the New Smoking: Sitting or Sugar? - Participate in the Debate" - Liz Joy, MD, and Tamara Sheffield, MD.

Noon: "Heart-Healthy Recipes to Lighten Up Your Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner" - Chef Jennifer Burns and Intermountain Medical Center dietitian Amana Hindoian, RD, CD.

Participants will be able to talk to the region's leading heart specialists about their heart health, see the newest heart treatment technology and learn more about the latest heart research.

Participants will also receive a health risk assessment to find out if they're at risk for heart disease or diabetes.

Oxygen saturation, body fat, heart rate and blood pressure will be measured, and they'll receive two risk scores: one for diabetes and one for heart disease. Depending on a person's score, they may receive a free blood glucose test, an electrocardiogram (EKG), or both.

An Intermountain Life Flight medical helicopter and EMS and fire trucks from Murray City Fire Department will be on display for kids.

There will also be interactive learning stations on nutrition and heart disease, an area focusing on women and heart disease and the Go Red for Women campaign, exercise demonstrations, healthy snacks and CPR demonstrations

The Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center 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, structural heart disorders and heart surgery.

Registration for the fair is not necessary.

For additional information, visit: Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center or call 801.507.4701.

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