FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (August 31, 2011)—Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In an effort to better educate the local community on this deadly disease, the cardiac rehabilitation team at Piedmont Fayette Hospital offers free monthly classes lead by exercise physiologists and registered nurses. The two hour classes are held the first Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. on the Piedmont Fayette Hospital campus, in the 1267 medical office building, in suite 3500.
“Education is the key to preventing and managing heart disease,” said Donna Callahan, clinical lead exercise physiologist. “Understanding the basics of a healthy diet and regular exercise plan are only the beginning. Studies show that almost half of sudden cardiac deaths occur outside a hospital. In this class we discuss specific risk factors as well as how to recognize the early warning signs of heart disease.”
According to the CDC, every year about 785,000 Americans have a first heart attack. An additional 470,000 who have already had one or more heart attacks have another attack. In 2010, heart disease is estimated to have cost the United States $316.4 billion, including the cost of health care services, medications and lost productivity.
Space in the class is limited, so call 770.719.7095 to register. For a listing of other educational classes offered at Piedmont Fayette Hospital, visit piedmontfayette.org.