Published on February 12, 2020

Holzer Celebrates 'Roaring into the Twenties with a Healthy Heart'

Photos of heart event speakers on stage

Holzer Health System kicked off National Heart Month by hosting its Annual Women’s Heart Event, “Roaring into the Twenties with a Healthy Heart.” The event was 1920s themed and attendees along with event staff dressed in period attire and in red to support cardiac warriors, caregivers, survivors, and families affected by heart-related conditions.

The event, held at the Rio Ridge in Rio Grande, Ohio, on February 6, featured a variety of educational topics and demonstrations on healthy heart topics.

“We enjoy providing these awareness events to educate our communities on the importance of heart health,” shared David Fields, MSN, RN, APRN-ACNPC-AG, Director, Cardiology and Pulmonology, Holzer Health System. “We were able to provide a variety of information that everyone in attendance could learn something from. Our staff was honored to be a part of the night and look forward to continually educating the importance of caring for your heart each day of the year.”

The evening began with a segment on “Knowing Your Numbers,” which stressed the importance of knowing your blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol amounts. Dr. Robert Bradley, Holzer Cardiologist, discussed how maintaining your health with the assistance of a primary care provider is essential to reducing your risk of cardiac disease and incidents.

A live cooking demonstration titled “Eat Smart and Still Indulge,” was presented by Lorie Siders, MS, RD, LD, Holzer Dietitian, with the presentation of chocolate mousse made with avocado.

Dr. Ramesh Chandra, Holzer Cardiologist, provided an informational segment on Women’s Cardiovascular Health, focusing on national statistics for heart disease in women.

Following Dr. Chandra, Natalie Gardner, RN, Holzer Wound and Ostomy Nurse lead a demonstration on proper nail care and the importance of taking notice of your fingernails. Many times, fingernails will show signs of other health problems and it is important to take note of any changes to discuss with your care team.

Amy Anderson, Holzer Cardiovascular Care Coordinator lead a discussion on Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), detailing the warning signs or symptoms and individual may present with CHF. The evening continued with a Music Therapy segment, provided by Leslie Shoecraft, Music Therapist. Shoecraft provided information on the importance of music therapy and how certain beats or songs can trigger a variety of thoughts or emotions. The evening wrapped up with cardiac catheterization information provided by Kendra Riffle, Holzer Cardiac Catheterization Manager.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. More than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease each year. Several steps can be taken to reduce your risk for heart disease, including: quitting smoking/not smoking, maintain a healthy weight, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and prevent or treat your other health conditions especially high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

Holzer Cardiovascular Services has assembled a staff of the region’s most qualified team of cardiac physicians, nurses, and other clinical staff. Using the most technologically advanced cardiac equipment and procedures, Holzer Cardiovascular Services is devoted to delivering the very best in cardiac care. Our providers manage a variety of heart and vascular conditions including: Coronary Artery Disease (hardening of the arteries), Cardiac Arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat), Heart Valve Disease, Heart Conditions associated with Diabetes, Lung Diseases, Vein and Vascular Disease. Services include: cardiopulmonary testing, cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology/heart rhythm management, peripheral vascular disease, vein center, cardio/pulmonary rehabilitation, and pulmonary services.

For more information on the event, or Holzer Cardiovascular Services, call 1-855-4-HOLZER or visit

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