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Kaweah Delta set to host Feb. 20 heart lecture and health fair

Kaweah Delta set to host Feb. 20 heart lecture and health fair

Angiograms, stents, bypass surgery, heart catheterizations – what does it all mean? This heart month, Kaweah Delta Health Care District will teach people about heart procedures and how to keep their hearts healthy on Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Visalia.

The event will take place from 5-7:30 p.m. at The Lamp Liter Inn, 3300 W. Mineral King Ave.

“For a lot of people learning is easier when there are hands-on activities,” said Robbie Geide, Director of Kaweah Delta’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab. “This is an event where we’ll be able to tell people how to keep their heart healthy and show them what a valve looks like or what happens when you get a stent.”

From 6-7 p.m., attendees will learn about staying heart healthy from a panel of speakers including: Dr. Leheb Araim, a cardiac surgeon, Dr. Shashi Sharma, an interventional cardiologist, and Dr. Matthew Campbell, a vascular surgeon.

Throughout the event, people can get free blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar screenings and take a 5-minute online heart health risk assessment. They can also visit booths to learn about heart procedures and devices used to treat heart disease at Kaweah Delta.

Heart disease includes conditions that affect the heart, such as coronary heart disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease. It’s the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. Each year about 785,000 Americans have their first heart attack, while another 470,000 people who have already had one or more have another.

Established in 1963, Kaweah Delta Health Care District celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013. Kaweah Delta is a 581-bed district and is the only level III trauma center serving Tulare and Kings counties. The district offers a comprehensive scope of services including everything from a well-respected pediatric hospitalist program to nationally-recognized orthopedic and cancer programs. For more information, visit www.kaweahdelta.org or follow Kaweah Delta on Twitter and Facebook.

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