LAKEWOOD–On Feb. 29, Harrogate, a Life Care Continuing Care Retirement Community in Ocean County, hosted a Heart Health Seminar with Dr. Kathleen Zazzali of DEBORAH® Heart and Lung Center in Brown Mills. Over 70 Ocean County residents gathered in the Clark Auditorium at Harrogate for the festivities, and to learn how to identify and prevent heart disease.
“As the second largest killer of mankind, heart disease knows no age, ethnicity or gender,” states Don Johansen, Executive Director at Harrogate. “In order to prevent this life threatening disease, it is important for everyone to be aware of the signs, which is why we partnered with the DEBORAH Heart and Lung Center to help inform the Ocean County community.”
“There is a 20 percent chance of death upon suffering an acute heart attack,” according to Dr. Zazzali. “However, there is a 99 percent chance of survival when Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is found early.”
During the event, Zazzali informed attendees that prevention – knowing the risk factors, management and early detection – is the ultimate cure for heart disease. Zazzali outlined the risk factors as age, gender, family history, weight, social activities such as smoking and alcohol intake, blood pressure and cholesterol. To maintain a healthy heart, Zazzali provided attendees with the following tips:
- Get a check-up: every 5 years after age 35 and once a year for people with diabetes;
- Change habits and lifestyle: stop smoking and lower alcohol intake;
- Maintain a healthy diet;
- Deal with stress;
- Integrate stress management such as regular exercise, sleep, family support and meditation into your daily life.
Additionally, attendees enjoyed a heart healthy lunch prepared by Harrogate’s Dining Services which included Tomato & Red Pepper Bruschetta hors d’oeuvres, a Grilled Salmon Salad, Fresh Berry Medley Yogurt Parfaits and Oatmeal & Raisin Cookies. Also, Dorothy Harrison, a Lakewood, NJ and Harrogate resident, won the raffle prize of Heart 411: The Only Guide to Heart Health You’ll Ever Need written by Marc Gillinov, M.D. and Steve Nissen, M.D.
On March 19, Harrogate will be hosting a Jeopardy!® -themed fundraiser for Toms River North High School, Brick Memorial High School and Brick Township High School. The high school seniors will be competing against Harrogate residents for a chance to win money for their school’s scholarship fund.
For more information about Harrogate, visit www.harrogate-lifecare.org.
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