Doctors speak one on one with public about heart disease

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - It's American Heart Month and one Region 8 hospital is working to inform the community about that vital organ.

St. Bernards physicians hosted a Heart and Vascular luncheon at St. Bernards Auditorium on Monday. A panel of cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and even electro-physiologists spoke one on one with audience members. Doctors hoped to heighten the public's awareness of heart disease and heart care.

"How to prevent a heart attack," said Dr. Barry Tedder. "How to recognize signs and symptoms of a heart attack and what they should be doing with their lifestyle and their medications to keep from having progressive heart disease and from having more problems."

Dr. Devi Nair with St. Bernards said it's very important that you seek medical help right away if you suspect anything is wrong.

"As a physician in the St. Bernards Heart and Vascular team, it's very important for me and my colleagues to let the patients know what all we can offer them," said Dr. Nair. "Especially with cardiovascular electro-physiology, the St. Bernards Heart and Vascular is the only center in Northeast Arkansas that offers this service."

Over 100 people attended the event.

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