|Sellersville, PA - Hundreds of people of all ages turned out for ‘Heart Health Day’ hosted by Grand View Hospital on February 2, at the Montgomery Mall in honor of American Heart Month. The event was free and featured cardiologists from Buxmont Cardiology Associates and Alderfer Travis Cardiology answering questions one-on-one. Grand View laboratory technicians took cholesterol readings while registered nurses performed blood pressure checks and walked people through computerized heart risk assessments.
“Motivating people to take positive steps toward heart health is what this event is all about,” said event organizer Mary DeHaven. She and her Health Promotion and Wellness team assembled an array of fun and informative activities to help inspire families and people of all ages to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
WNPV radio broadcasted live from the event with cardiologists Todd Alderfer, MD and Jeff Wilkins, MD, hosting their health program, ‘The Beat Goes On.’ Dr. Alderfer said, “Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America for both women and men. This event is our way of bringing attention to this serious problem and showing people that making some small changes can make a big difference. Things like eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, losing weight, and quitting smoking.”
Interactive ‘Move and Groove’ activities included Tai Chi with Grand View instructor Ben Caccavale and a fitness workout with Dr. Drill. Performances by American Gymnastics & Cheer, Irish dance by Reel Colleens, and a demonstration by the award-winning Bungee Jumpers Jump Rope Team motivated everyone to get fit. Other special activities including a trek through the mall with Grand View’s Stroke Program and Vascular Care Coordinator Denise Kistler, RN, CNRN. Many children joined in a heart health scavenger hunt, while others wiggled their way through an obstacle course.
About Grand View Hospital
Grand View’s Cardiovascular Center of Excellence specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular diseases. Using advanced techniques and equipment, the Center manages cardiovascular problems ranging from the prevention and supervision of risk factors, to the management of complex medical conditions. A multi-disciplinary team uses a collaborative approach to treatment. Areas of concentration include medical and interventional cardiology, stroke prevention and management, and vascular care using surgical and non-surgical interventions.
Recent awards recognizing heart and vascular care at Grand View include:
• 5-Star Recipient in Treatment of Heart Failure from Healthgrades six years in a row, 2008-2013
• 5-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack from Healthgrades, 2013
• Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, 2010-2012
• Get With the Guidelines® Silver Award in Heart Failure from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, 2012
• Advanced Heart Failure Certification and Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission, 2012
• Primary Stroke Center Certification and Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission Five Consecutive Years, 2008-2012
Grand View, Bucks County’s first hospital, has provided residents of Bucks and Montgomery counties with comprehensive health care services since 1913. Now a century strong, Grand View offers a range of inpatient and outpatient care – particularly emphasizing the areas of surgery and orthopaedics, women’s and children's health, heart and vascular care, and cancer treatment. For more information about Grand View services and programs, visit www.gvh.org.
Cardiologists, Doyle Walton, MD, Mark Kudes, MD, and Christopher Oswald, MD, with Terri Shoultes, RN, at Grand View's Heart Health Day.