McKenzie to Celebrate American Heart Health Month

Sandusky, Mich. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, with 1 in 4 being attributed to the ailment. To help prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, McKenzie Health System is proudly participating in American Heart Month.

Thanks in part to the McKenzie Health System Women’s Health and Wellness Fund, during the month of February women can take advantage of Cardiac Calcium Scoring for $55. This test, which helps us identify heart disease even when there are no symptoms, can be scheduled by calling 810-648-6110.

The Go Red Ladies Night event will be held on February 27, 2020 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Woodland Hills Golf Club in Sandusky. The evening, which is being sponsored by the McKenzie Health System Foundation, will include special discussions on “Heart Health” from Nurse Practitioner Brandy Trepkowski and on “Vitamins and Supplements” from Nurse Practitioner Suzette Walker. Admission to the event is free.

In addition, hospital employees have been given a Step Challenge to “walk around the State of Michigan (including the Upper Peninsula) during the month of February. Covering the 3,288 miles will take an estimated 6,576,000 steps and teams will be tracking their steps and competing for prizes. Staff will also enjoy healthy recipes in the café prepared specially for this month.

You can do your part by making healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:

  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get active and eat healthy.

For more information about McKenzie activities, visit www.mckenziehealth.org.