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Avon Recreation Center hosts ‘Heart Smart’ events

AVON, Colorado – The Avon Recreation Center has teamed up with Starting Hearts and Vail Valley Medical Center to offer a free “Heart Smart” event Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The American Heart Association estimates that one or two of every 1,000 people will suffer sudden cardiac arrest every year, and the national rate of survival from those events is just 8 percent. This means more than 50 Eagle County residents will be directly affected each year.

With immediate bystander CPR and early use of an automated external defibrillator, death can be prevented for many of these victims, but bystanders need to be ready and know what to do. The Heart Smart event on March 14 is your opportunity to learn how to perform hands-only CPR and use an AED aboard the Starting Hearts’ HeartRod.

In addition, Vail Valley Medical Center has received a cancer, cardiovascular and pulmonary disease grant from Denver Health and the Colorado Prevention Center to conduct free screenings of uninsured and underinsured Eagle County resident for cholesterol, blood sugars, blood pressure, and body mass index to assess for cardiovascular risk. Test results include total cholesterol, sugar levels, triglycerides, height and weight, and blood pressure. Results are immediate and will be discussed between you and a community health advocate.

Free blood screenings are offered on a first-come-first served basis and individual consultation will take approximately 20 minutes. Participants should remember to drink eight to 10 glasses of water the day before and to fast 10 to 12 hours prior to the screening.

For more information, call Claudia Hilty, 970-471-3258. For more information on the free CPR and defibrillator trainings, call Lynn Blake, 970-331-3983.

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