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Alton Memorial Hospital’s annual Heart-Stroke Fair is Feb. 7

ALTON – Time is of the essence when dealing with a heart attack or a stroke. Take some time out of your winter schedule for Alton Memorial Hospital’s 17th annual Heart-Stroke Fair on Saturday, Feb. 7. The fair is from 9 a.m. to noon in the Beeby Wing and connector lobbies near the AMH cafeteria.

The fair is designed to help area residents assess their heart health and learn about prevention and treatment of heart disease, the top health problem in the United States. Alton Memorial Hospital heart experts will be on hand to address the impact of exercise, smoking, diabetes, sleep disorders, nutrition, medications and stress on the heart. A variety of informational booths will provide details on such topics as heart attack, congestive heart failure, emergency care, angioplasty, peripheral artery disease, depression, stress management, diet and nutrition. The AMH Heart & Vascular Center as well as the AMH Stroke Center will have featured tables in the fair.

The Heart-Stroke Fair will again offer a variety of free health screenings, including cholesterol (fasting is required), blood pressure and breast screenings. The cholesterol-blood pressure screening package is separate from the breast screenings. The breast screenings are aimed at women without insurance, who are having breast health concerns or haven’t had a breast exam in over a year. Both screening packages are free and require an appointment by calling 1 (800) 392-0936. Visitors can register for the screening packages when they call to register for the fair itself.

Free boxed lunches from Subway will be served in the cafeteria. You must register in advance for the fair to assure yourself a free meal.

Visitors should enter the fair via the hospital’s Duncan Wing entrance and proceed down the corridor toward the Beeby Wing, where the registration table will be located.

Speakers in the cafeteria meeting rooms will be Dr. Joe Moore. at 9:30 a.m.; then Dr. Laura Heitsch at 10:30 a.m. Moore is a cardiologist on staff at AMH and will discuss how to maintain excellent heart health. Heitsch is an assistant professor in Emergency Medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and a stroke team physician.

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