Heart failure takes a devastating toll across the United States, in the lives of people and on the health care system. Today, nearly 6.5 million adults live with heart failure in the U.S., and nearly $20 billion is spent each year on associated medical costs. By 2030, the number of patients is expected to grow to 8 million, costing the health care system $70 billion each year.
But, fortunately, the crisis is highly preventable. Lifting that personal and systemic burden begins with each of us knowing and controlling our risk factors for heart disease.
“Given the magnitude of the problem, Heart Failure Awareness Week has been established during Heart Month to raise awareness about heart health, with multiple coordinated activities conducted by hospitals and organizations across the country,” said Martin Cadeiras, medical director of the UC Davis Health Heart Failure, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program.
The program is sponsoring the Healthy Heart Fair on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Betty Irene Moore Hall (2570 48th St.) on our Sacramento campus.
This is your opportunity to hear from the experts on how you and your loved ones can take steps to prevent and manage heart disease. Stop by for:
- Checks of blood pressure/hypertension
- Advice on controlling risk factors
- Tips on managing cholesterol
- Diabetes prevention education
- Fitness advice on getting and staying active
- Guidance on food choices and nutrition
- Support with quitting smoking and tobacco
- Information on heart transplants and donations
- Substance abuse and mental health resources
Women’s heart health
The UC Davis Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program – the first of its kind dedicated to female-focused heart disease care, research and education – is commemorating American Heart Month as well. Learn more and find out why your colleagues are wearing red on Friday, Feb. 7.
The fair is also your chance to learn more about UC Davis Health’s wide range of sophisticated treatments and therapies for heart disease.
“UC Davis Health offers the full spectrum of care for patients at risk for heart failure, and for those with heart failure both in early and advanced stages,” Cadeiras said. “These include comprehensive cardiac prevention and rehabilitation programs, surgical and interventional cardiology, as well as advanced therapies such as specialized pacemakers and mechanical devices.”
Download the Healthy Heart Fair flyer for full details on the event.