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Heart Day event encourages education and prevention

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A Region 8 hospital went straight to the heart to help residents find out where they stand when it comes to heart health.  

In honor of National Heart Awareness Month, NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital held a Heart Day event Friday morning in the clinic lobby.  

All screenings were free and included cholesterol, B-M-I, and blood pressure checks, along with education materials.

Kendra Orick, head nurse in the hospital's cardiac cath lab, said screenings at any age are important.

“A sedentary lifestyle, diet choices; you know, not enough healthy fresh things,” Orick said. “It's more of a fast-paced, stressful, drive-thru life. It takes its toll.”

Orick said it’s never too early to take control of your health.

The goal of Heart Day was to help people understand symptoms of heart disease and prevention tactics.

Symptoms of heart-related problems include chest pain, shoulder pain, jaw pain, and even indigestion.

A line was nearly out the door all morning as people waited to take control of their health. 

NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital hopes to encourage everyone to take heart health seriously all year round. 

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