Tenet Healthcare Florida Hospitals Celebrate National Heart MonthFeb 2, 2015
Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach Counties, Fla. (February 2, 2015) – Tenet Healthcare’s Florida hospitals are hosting and sponsoring a month-long series of events, lectures and health fairs to celebrate National Heart Month in February. Employees and physicians of the 10 South Florida hospitals, which comprise the Tenet Florida Heart and Vascular Network, will participate in the activities as part of their ongoing commitment to strengthen heart health in the South Florida community.
From performing the first open heart surgeries in Palm Beach County, the Treasure Coast and Broward County to being ranked number one in Florida for cardiac surgery by Healthgrades, the Tenet Florida Heart and Vascular Network continually offers quality comprehensive care from prevention to recovery. With 5,000 of the area’s most respected physicians and more than 250 awards, Tenet’s Florida hospitals strive to help patients achieve better outcomes, quicker recovery times, shorter hospital stays, and ultimately, better health.
"Our goal is to raise awareness as we educate the community about the prevalence of heart disease in both men and women," said Marsha Powers, CEO of Tenet Healthcare’s Florida region. "The medical professionals at the Tenet Florida Heart and Vascular Network are dedicated to providing patients with high quality, advanced care, while utilizing the most state-of-the-art treatments and techniques."
The facts surrounding heart disease in the United States are clear. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for American men and women, killing about 600,000 people every year. High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. About half of Americans have at least one of these three risk factors.
It is important to know the warning signs of a heart attack in order to prevent severe damage to the heart or even death. Some of the major warning signs include chest pain or discomfort; upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or upper stomach; shortness of breath; and nausea, lightheadedness, or cold sweats.
To help educate the community, Tenet’s Florida region is launching a "28 Days of Heart" campaign throughout the month of February. Individuals can view heart healthy tips and recipes that will be posted each day to http://bit.ly/1uITxGS. They can also call 1-844-522-7346 to register for heart screenings and/or events and receive a free heart healthy recipe cookbook in the mail. For more information about the Tenet Florida Heart and Vascular Network, visit TenetHeart.com.