Sparrow sponsors local events to promote cardiac health

Published: Feb. 2, 2017

LANSING, MI – February is Heart Health Month and Sparrow is sponsoring several local events to promote cardiac care and keep everyone in the mid-Michigan region informed about healthy habits.

Did you know that someone in the U.S. has a heart attack every 34 seconds or that 715,000 Americans will have a heart attack this year?

An important piece of advice: Don’t drive yourself to the hospital emergency department if you think you’re having a heart attack. Call 911. That will reduce the danger to yourself and others on the roads.

And make sure to call 1.800.Sparrow to schedule a free heart screening.

Here are some events happening throughout the month:

  • Friday, Feb. 3: Wear Red Day to show support and awareness of women’s risk of heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of women.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 14: Sparrow and Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital in Charlotte host a free heart health event, featuring lunch, a presentation on cardiovascular disease, especially in women, and cardiac rehabilitation, screenings and educational information. The featured speaker is James A. Schafer, M.D., from Sparrow Thoracic Cardiovascular Institute. The free program is from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at AL!VE, 800 W. Lawrence Avenue, Charlotte. For more information or to register, call 517.541.5800, option 1.
  • Thursday, Feb. 23: A free lunch and learn presentation will be held at Sparrow Ionia Hospital, 3565 S. State Road, Ionia. Come learn why having high cholesterol can place you at risk for developing heart disease and learn ways to keep your cholesterol at a healthy level. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m., with a noon presentation. To register, call Sparrow Ionia Cardiology Services at 616.523.1356.

Choose Wisely. Choose Sparrow.