According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association,
cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, accounting
for 17.3 million deaths per year. Cardiovascular diseases such as heart
disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than
all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease is the leading cause of death
in the United States, killing more than 375,000 Americans a year. These
health statistics are according to the 2015 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics
Update, which is compiled annually by the American Heart Association,
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes
of Health and other government sources.
Marshall Medical Center and Cameron Park Community Services District take
this information seriously and have partnered to provide their fourth
annual free Affair of the Heart event to help the community learn about
the causes, preventive measures and tips to living a heart-healthy life.
The public health event is Thursday, Feb. 18 from 4-7 p.m. at the Cameron
Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park.
A lot is packed into this three-hour event. Enjoy an evening of a variety
of educational sessions including talks presented by Marshall Medical
Center experts, a cooking demonstration, exercise demonstrations, guitar
music, boutique shopping and vendors promoting community health and recreation,
free health screenings and chair massage, wine tastings and heart healthy
foods provided by local restaurants.
Schedule and vendors
• 4:35 p.m. Taekwondo presentation by Bob Westphal
• 5-5:30 p.m. Scott Yoder, MD: Tips for Living a Heart Healthy Lifestyle
• 6:10-6:40 p.m. Scott Vasconcellos, MD: Know the Signs: Heart Attack
Symptoms in Men and Women
• The free health screenings include: blood pressure, blood glucose,
hearing screening, weight and body fat analysis and a chair massage
• 5:15 p.m. Guitar demonstration with Bob Gram
• Exercise demonstrations: zumba at 5:45 p.m. by Sue Spencer and
zumba gold (chair dancing) by Kay Lenhart at 6:15 p.m.
• Cooking demonstration by Karen Helms of Karen’s Bakery and
Café of Folsom from 4:30-5 p.m. and 6:15-6:45 p.m. Helms will talk
about substituting healthy ingredients into baking and cooking.
• Vendors include Marshall Medical clinics, Marshall Plastic Surgery
and Medical Spa, Cameron Park CSD, In Shape Fitness, doTERRA, Global Good,
Two Hot Chicks, My Health Destiny, It’s Organic!, Damsel in Defense,
Charmed by Victoria, Nerium International and Farmer’s Delicatessen
• Recreation resources are provided by CP CSD.
• Healthy bites/appetizer contributors: Bella Bru Café and
Catering, Selland’s Market Café, Bel Air, Annabelle’s
Chocolates, Wally’s Pizza Bar and Los Pinos Restaurant
• Wine tasting is by Madroña Vineyards, Lava Cap Winery and
The focus on the evening is health.
“The presentations are very popular — standing room only last
year — with participants engaging the cardiologists with lots of
questions,” said Lourdes Edralin of Marshall Medical Center.
Dr. Scott Vasconcellos said, “My goal is for people to gain a better
understanding of their own personal risk for heart disease and the ability
to recognize which symptoms should prompt them to seek immediate medical
attention. While men are still more prone to heart attacks than women,
heart attacks can be more dangerous to women because of the tendency for
symptoms to go unrecognized. The age range most susceptible to heart attacks,
without considering personal risk factors (e.g. family history, tobacco
use, etc.), is any man over the age of 45 or woman over the age of 55.”
He also encourages people to know the signs of a heart attack and to act
quickly if you suspect you or someone you’re with is having one.
“Don’t wait. Call 9-1-1,” he said.
In women, the signs of a heart attack can be subtle. According to the American
Heart Association, even though heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women
in the United States, women often chalk up the symptoms to less life-threatening
conditions like acid reflux, the flu or normal aging.
As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain
or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience
some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting
and back or jaw pain.
Vasconcellos points out that the symptoms of heart attacks in women often
are not like the dramatic movie scenes where a man gasps, clutches his
chest and falls to the ground.
“Women can experience a heart attack without chest pressure,”
he said. “Instead, women may have trouble breathing and feel pressure
or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen. Dizziness, weakness or extreme
fatigue are other signs that call for an immediate trip to the hospital.”
When it comes to modifying your personal risk factors for the disease,
Scott Yoder, MD said the best approach is embracing a lifestyle that includes
regular exercise, a healthy diet and stress reduction.
“A healthy lifestyle is the core for preventing and treating coronary
disease,” Yoder said. “It can reduce your risks by up to 85 percent.
“If you smoke, the first step is to quit,” he said. “Then,
commit to other ways that you can support your heart’s health.”
He advises taking charge of your cholesterol, managing blood pressure and
keeping blood sugar at healthy levels.
Yoder said obesity and physical inactivity are important risk factors that
can be modified. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150
minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise.
“That’s just 30 minutes a day, five times a week,” he said.
Both cardiologists encourage talking with your doctor about your heart
health and understanding your risks by monitoring blood pressure, blood
sugar and cholesterol levels.
Exercise is important
Since exercise plays a major role in living a healthier life and becomes
even more important as individuals grow older, for preventive strategies
Sue Spencer and Kay Lenhart, who provide the zumba and zumba gold demonstrations,
described what zumba is and the benefits of zumba.
“Zumba is a Latin-based dance fitness class with easy to follow routines
that incorporate salsa, merengue, Cumbia, reggaeton, Bollywood and belly
dancing. The most fun you will ever have while getting an amazing workout,
you can burn up to 800 calories per class. In the demonstration I’ll
lead everyone through a few songs and teach a few of the ‘classic’
zumba moves. I teach at the CP CSD, people can register anytime. I prorate
the session, so no worries if we’ve already started a round. First
class is on me,” Lenhart said.
“Zumba gold teaches participants modified versions of the original
zumba dance steps while paying attention to the special needs that seniors
bring to fitness. Zumba chair exercises, a specialty of zumba gold, are
offered to those with physical or psychological limitations. Chair classes
last 20 to 30 minutes to ensure that participants get a workout without
overdoing it. There are numerous benefits to the zumba gold program, many
of which are felt after the very first class. It is not unusual to have
participants in their 20s to participants in their 90s … all in
the same class.
“What was once a struggle to simply lift their arms in the air, becomes
a full stretch, easily done. Slouching torsos become straighter. Long
faces become smiles, with chins that are held high. So much more is going
on during this class. A new study has found that previously sedentary
senior citizens who incorporated exercise into their lifestyles not only
improved physical function, but experienced psychological benefits as
well, (according to SeniorJournal.com).
“I hope to have participants join my demonstration. The music is
fun and inviting and the moves are easy for everyone to follow. It is
always a surprise to the participants how much can be achieved from a
chair. It is definitely a fulfilling workout,” Lenhart said.
Exercise is a great way to help reduce stress, which is known to contribute
to heart disease and heart attacks.
According to WebMD.com “Heart Disease and Stress: What’s the
Link?” states that some have a hard time with stress because they
are depressed and depression is linked to heart disease.
Recreation and relaxation are key to reducing stress. Since ancient days
music has been known for reducing stress.
Bob Gram, who is presenting the guitar demonstration, will teach methods
that he teaches in both his kids and adult classes.
“I will be sharing my personal story of struggles with anxiety and
depression and the peace of mind the guitar gives me especially during
down times,” Gram said.
The partnership between the Cameron Park Community Services District and
the Marshall Medical Center is a dynamic combination of the area’s
expertise in the medical field and health and recreation for the mind
and body, to live healthier longer and stronger.
Marshall Medical Center recently received five stars for the quality of
its cardiology care from Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping
consumers make informed healthcare decisions. Marshall was recognized
for its Treatment of Heart Attacks in 2016 and the Treatment of Heart
Failure for the years 2015 and 2016.
Every year Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500
hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and
“Since February is American Heart Month, we decided to provide the
community with a fun and educational event that focuses on living a heart
healthy lifestyle. The information provided by the doctors are good reminders
of how we can do just that. This event has grown steadily over the years
— we had more than 300 participants last year from all over the
region,.” Edralin said.
There will be prizes donated by Bistro 33, Sienna Restaurant and Winterhill
Carpooling is encouraged as parking is a premium at the Cameron Park Community
Center. The event is free but online registration is requested at affairoftheheart.eventbrite.com
or by calling (530) 626-2894.