February is Heart Month

Alaska Regional Hospital is dedicated to preventing and treating heart disease. It is the #1 killer of adults and a leading cause of disability for survivors who don’t receive timely treatment. Come learn more at our free events during American Heart Month.

Heart Month Education & Events

Go Red for Women Breakfast & Seminar

Friday, February 7, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
Classrooms 1 & 2
Join us on National Wear Red Day for a free heart healthy breakfast and seminar on sleep entitled "Women, Sleep & Heart Disease," presented by Shelli Cutting, RPSGT, RST. Poor sleep quality and insufficient sleep contribute to heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, and heart failure. Although both men and women are at risk, gender differences do exist. New studies have shown that inflammation, a marker indicating cardiovascular disease, is increased in women and not men, with a marked increase in women who wake early in the morning. Please wear RED in support of women fighting heart disease. Men are welcome to attend. Seating is limited. RSVP to audry.patrick@hcahealthcare.com or 264-1113.

A Fair of the Heart

Saturday, February 15, 8 a.m. - Noon
Main Lobby
Two floors of exhibits and booths offer information about the signs, symptoms and treatment of heart disease. Talk one-on-one with staff, have your blood pressure checked, enjoy a relaxing chair massage, and attend mini seminars. FREE labs are available to help detect potential heart health risks including the standard lipid profile, glucose and HbA1c, a test that measures average blood sugar levels for the past three months. Please fast 12 hours in advance for blood work, not including water and medications. No RSVP required.

What’s YOUR Risk for Heart Disease?

Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 p.m.
Ivy Room 1
Understanding your personal risk factors for cardiovascular disease and what you can do about them could save your life. Heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women in this country, but it is a condition that can be prevented. Join Krista Mallevich, RN, and learn about the necessary steps you can take to lower your risk of heart disease. It's important to know which risk factors can be changed or managed and which cannot. Seating is limited. RSVP to audry.patrick@hcahealthcare.com or 264-1113.

What You Need to Know About the NEW Cholesterol Guidelines

Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 p.m.
Ivy Room 1
The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology published new cholesterol treatment guidelines in November 2013. Dr. J. Ross Tanner will explain the guidelines to you as well as the controversy surrounding them. Let Dr. Tanner arm you with information so you can work with your physician to determine which treatment (lifestyle change, statin medication, or therapy) is best for you. Seating is limited. RSVP to audry.patrick@hcahealthcare.com or 264-1113.

The Mediterranean Diet: A Heart-Healthy Eating Plan

Tuesday, February 25, 6:30 p.m.
Ivy Room 1
If you lived in Greece or another country that borders the Mediterranean Sea, it is likely that your diet would include 6 or more servings of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables each day. If you are looking for a heart-healthy eating plan, the Mediterranean diet may be right for you. It promotes eating primarily plant-based foods, limiting red meat, adding herbs and spices instead of salt, using olive oil instead of butter, and eating more fish. Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease and other chronic conditions. Join dietitian Ashleigh Farris, RD, LD, and get your questions answered about this unique diet! Seating is limited. RSVP to audry.patrick@hcahealthcare.com or 264-1113.

Additional Resources

Heart Attack Signs & Symptoms

Knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack often means the difference between a positive outcome or death. Familiarize yourself with this list and call 911 at the first sign of a heart attack.

  • Chest pain or discomfort for more than a few minutes
  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing or tightness in the chest
  • Shortness of breath, which may occur with or before chest discomfort
  • Pain extending into neck, jaw, stomach or arms
  • Nausea, vomiting, light-headedness, sudden dizziness or breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Onset of upper body discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or upper stomach