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Incline hospital offering events for heart health

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An active lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular exercise can prevent many forms of heart disease.

Roughly every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event and about one every minute will die from one, making heart disease the leading cause of death in the United States.

It is also the major cause of disability. Coronary heart disease, often occurring after a heart attack, is the most common.

The good news is that a heart-healthy lifestyle can help prevent cardiovascular disease and improve heart health, even if a person has been diagnosed with a heart or vascular condition.

Although cardiovascular disease is responsible for one-third of all deaths in the United States, maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular exercise can prevent many forms of the disease.

During the month of February, American Heart Month, Incline Village Community Hospital is focusing on helping our community understand the threat of heart disease and the importance of staying fit through diet and exercise.

On Thursday, Feb. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., join Joshua Scholnick, MD, Cardiologist; and Kelly Brennan, RD, for "The Heart of the Matter," a heart-healthy food demonstration and lunch, followed by a heart health talk, at the Incline Village Community Hospital Community Room at 880 Alder Ave.

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Brennan will show you how to prepare a heart-healthy meal and provide nutritional information and recipes. Following a light lunch, Scholnick will give an informative health talk focusing on prevention, management and treatment of heart disease.

The event is free; RSVP is required by Tuesday, Feb. 24. For information, or to reserve, call IVCH Community Outreach Coordinator Shelia Leijon at 775-888-4262.

In addition to being educated about heart health and starting an exercise program, it's also helpful to know you numbers.

Affordable Health Screenings are offered each month in Incline Village. Testing is available for cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL and LDL.

Testing is available from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. the second Friday of each month at IVCH. For information, visit tfhd.com or call 775-833-4100.

This article was submitted to the Bonanza by Tahoe Forest Health System. Visit tfhd.com to learn more.