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Women’s heart health awareness month

For decades, the diagnosis of heart disease has been an afterthought in the area of women’s health.  Conventional thought led us to believe that heart disease was an issue more for men than their female counterparts.  In reality, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease every year.  That’s one woman every minute, according to the American Heart Association.

 

Heart disease strikes more women than men and claims more lives than all cancers combined.  Knowing your personal risk factors is the first step in preventing one’s personal risk of heart disease.  Risk factors include having a sedentary lifestyle, having an elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.  Some women may also have a genetic predisposition to heart disease.  Above all however, the one behavioral element that puts women, as well as men, at an elevated risk of heart disease is smoking.

 

The nicotine in cigarettes causes the user’s heart rate and blood pressure to elevate.  Furthermore, the carbon monoxide in tobacco robs the smoker’s heart, brain and arteries of needed oxygen.  Clotting risk is increased by tobacco because it damages the smoker’s blood vessels and makes their blood thicker.  Individuals who smoke also have a decreased tolerance for physical activity which indirectly lowers an individuals HDL’s, the good cholesterol that helps the body manage the bad cholesterol (LDL’s).  According to many researchers in the field of cardiology, smoking damages every tissue and organ in the human body.

 

This month, as we create awareness about heart disease, take action by eliminating a risk factor you can control, quit smoking.  At Lebanon Family Health Services we are partnering with the Salvation Army of Lebanon to offer Freedom From Smoking©, an 8-week long tobacco cessation program.  Classes meet on Wednesday evenings at 6pm at the Salvation Army-Lebanon (1031 Guillford Street, Lebanon).  The class is free and includes free Nicotine Replacement Therapy.  To register, call Holly at 273-6741 ext. 310.

Laura Stickler

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Lebanon Family Health Services provides outstanding, friendly, confidential services to many men and women each year.

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STI Awarness Month

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Free and Confidential Testing

Walk-in Day

Monday April 30, 12-5pm

*all participants will receive a $20 gift card

  • Diabetes Prevention Program

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    Registration and Information Session:

    Tuesday June 19 at noon & 6:30pm

    To register, call:

    (717) 273-6741 ext. 310

  • Splash of Color Art Auction

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    Saturday May 19, 7pm

    At Mount Hope Estate & Winery

    For Tickets, Call:

    (717) 273-6741

    or register on-line