RENO — ACCEPT, a local nonprofit serving the low-income families of Northern Nevada, will host a community forum Friday in recognition of American Heart Month. The public is invited for a night of education, dancing, fun, food, giveaways and more.
This event is part of the “Make the Call. Don’t Miss a Beat” campaign, which was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. Women have a tendency to take care of others before taking care of themselves. In doing so, they tend to put things off and ignore crucial warning signs and information. For example, a woman has a heart attack every minute. Every minute-and-a-half, a woman dies from heart disease. Women over the age of 40 are more likely to die within a year of a heart attack than men.
The aim of this campaign is to educate, engage and empower women and their families to learn the seven most common symptoms of a heart attack and encourage them to call 9-1-1 as soon as those symptoms arise. Experts and special guests at the forum include: Dr. David Prothro, cardiologist and internal medicine specialist; Dr. Mark Hahn, medical director, Washoe County Detention Center for Corizon Healthcare; Dr. Randall Todd, director of epidemiology and public health preparedness for Washoe County District Health Department; Dr. Josh Baker, professor and researcher at the University of Nevada, Reno; and Ruth Palmer, heart attack survivor.
The Etiobi “One Heart” community forum begins at 7 p.m. Friday (food served at 6:30 p.m.) in the conference room at the Greater Light Christian Center, 2400 W. Seventh St. in Reno.
For more information, visit www.womenshealth.gov/heartattack.