‘Prevention is the first thing’; Dixie Regional to host free heart health education series

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ST. GEORGE — Intermountain Dixie Regional Medical Center wants you to “Love Your Heart,” and to help you do so, the hospital is providing a series of presentations in support of National Heart Health Awareness Month this February.

L-R: Dr. Carrie Willis and Dr. Blake Gardner will speak during a heart health series presented by Intermountain Healthcare at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Utah, photo dates and locations not specified | Photos courtesy of Intermountain Healthcare, St. George News

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S., killing 1 in 4 adult Americans each year, according to a press release issued by Intermountain Healthcare.

However, heart disease can be prevented with healthy choices and help from medical providers who treat and manage health conditions.

To that aim, a heart health education series will be held at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George each Thursday in February from 4-5 p.m. in the SelectHealth Auditorium, 1424 E. Foremaster Drive.

Starting with Dr. Steve Mason, who will speak on advances in cardiac imaging on Thursday, the education series will feature several speakers, including a number of physicians and professionals from Dixie Regional’s cardiovascular services team.

“The lecture series provides opportunities to generate discussion about ways you and your family can prevent heart disease,” Blake Gardner, who directs structural heart programs at Dixie Regional, said in the press release. “It also helps bring awareness to the resources that are available at Dixie Regional, should you be faced with a heart disease battle of your own.”

Gardner will present on advances in heart valve treatment on Feb. 14.

Carrie Willis, a cardiologist specializing in heart failure prevention and treatment, says heart disease prevention has advanced a long way from when patients were given an aspirin and nitroglycerin and told, “Good luck riding out that storm.”

“That treatment has evolved to amazing technology in heart surgery, as well as leaps and bounds in medication,” Willis said. “This is not necessarily something that is a death sentence.”

Willis will present on Feb. 28 on the topic of heart health as it relates to women.

“Prevention is the first thing,” she said. “Controlling blood pressure, eating a healthy diet, exercising every day as able, and not smoking will greatly lower your risk of heart attack or heart disease. You don’t need to see a doctor to do these things and it’s never too late to start.”

The other series topic will be Dr. Arne Olsen, who will speak on vascular health on Feb. 21.

Event details

  • What: Dixie Regional Medical Center’s “Love Your Heart” heart health education series.
  • Where: SelectHealth Auditorium, 1424 E. Foremaster Drive, St. George.
  • When: Each Thursday in February from 4-5 p.m.
  • Schedule: Feb. 7 – Dr. Steve Mason, “Advances in Cardiac Imaging” | Feb. 14 – Dr. Blake Gardner, “Advances in Heart Valve Treatment” | Feb. 21 – Dr. Arne Olsen, “Vascular Health” | Feb. 28 – Dr. Carrie Willis, “Women’s Heart Health.”
  • Cost: Classes are free and open to the public.

For more information about heart health or the education series, call 435-251-2159 or visit the campaign’s website.

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