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SRMC Go Redding Luncheon 2018

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Shasta Regional Medical Center is having their Go Redding Luncheon to bring attention to heart disease among women on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 1900 Hilltop Dr., Redding, CA.
“This year our keynote speaker will be Tracey Conway. The Emmy-winning actress was taping a television comedy show when she literally “dropped dead” from sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 38. 20 minutes later, paramedics shocked her heart into beating again. Overcoming 20-to-1 odds, she survived and turned her miraculous recovery into poignant yet laugh-out-loud presentations that have wowed everyone from maximum-security inmates to Oprah Winfrey.”

“SRMC formed the Go Redding Luncheon in 2012 to create a heart healthy movement in our community. Our focus has been simple, provide straight forward information on so women could easily incorporate small healthy changes in their daily routine and improve their heart health, not just for themselves, but for their family as well.”

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Sandy, an RN at SRMC recommends Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book: Every Woman’s Guide to a Heart-Healthy Life. As a female cardiologist, Dr. Steinbaum notes that women may not be aware of the subtle signs of heart disease, brought about by the stress of 21st century expectations and lifestyle: chest pain, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting, exhaustion or fatigue, anxiety, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, elevated hemoglobin A1C, plaque in the arteries, obesity and metabolic syndrome.

Dr. Stienbaum espouses “living from the heart”, rather than the head. “Your heart reflects every aspect of health and life… There is a huge connection between the mind and the heart – stress, anxiety, depression, hostility and social isolation have all been linked to a higher risk of heart disease.”

“Common ways stress manifests in women are as depression, anxiety, pessimism, anger, hostility, job dissatisfaction and outlook… Depression puts you at risk for heart disease because it actually changes the hormone balance, increases sympathetic tone, and raise your heart rate and blood pressure. It contracts the arteries, increases the release of stress hormones like cortisol, which leads to inflammation, and increases platelet activation, which leads to sticky platelets  that can cause heart attacks.”

“Heart disease is preventable for most people, but it is the number one killer of women… Modern medicine hasn’t caught up with women’s heart health yet, so your doctor may not recognize signs of heart disease in you. Ultimately, you are the most qualified person to heal your own heart. The future of your heart, your health, and your life is in your own hands.”