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Love your heart this February

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and while there may be plenty of paper cut-out hearts floating around, the holiday presents a fantastic opportunity to think about whether we are doing all we can to improve the health of our own hearts.

Heart disease is the leading cause — approximately 1 in 4 — of deaths nationally. In 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease killed 28,008 Ohioans.

But there is hope. Memorial Health System’s Heart Health Month activities have already included an EKG and blood screening event, but will also include sessions in both Parkersburg (Feb. 18) and Marietta (Feb. 25) during which local doctors will teach guests how to be better stewards of their cardiac health.

Prevention and screening are essential in that effort.

“I think the biggest reason (to be screened) is because (heart disease) can sneak up on you and you don’t know you have problem,” said Linda Marks, of Veto Lake. “If it’s something that has happened in the family, it’s very, very important that the generations below that are screened.”

She speaks from experience, of course, having been the recipient of a heart transplant in 2013.

Become informed, do your best to follow heart-healthy guidelines, and get screened.

Your heart –and your loved ones — will thank you.

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