Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital to host ‘Happy Hearts’ events with free healthy lunch for heart health awareness

February 10, 2016

Sylva/Bryson City, N.C.Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are pleased to host awareness events at each hospital to promote strategies for heart health. The ‘Happy Hearts’ event at Harris Regional Hospital will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 24 in the main lobby. The event at Swain Community Hospital will be noon to 2 p.m. Friday, February 26 in the main lobby. A free heart-healthy lunch will be served.

Information on how to recognize the warning signs of heart attack will be provided in addition to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) demonstrations and information on how to quit smoking. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and every minute matters in determining the outcome for the patient. According to the National Institutes of Health, of the people who die from heart attacks, about half will die within an hour of their first symptoms which include:

Symptoms of a heart attack:

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Symptoms of cardiac arrest:

  • Sudden loss of responsiveness. If the person does not respond when tapped on the shoulder, they are likely experiencing cardiac arrest.
  • No normal breathing. The victim does not take a normal breath when you tilt the head up and check for at least five seconds.

Representatives from the hospitals’ emergency departments, EMS, wellness coordination, and cardiology and cardiopulmonary services will be present to answer questions. The Happy Hearts events are part of the hospitals’ efforts to support the community in improving heart health. Other events during February’s American Heart Month have included a focus on heart health at the monthly ‘Tuesdays to Thrive’ event held at Harris Regional Hospital, and community messages and education highlighting the importance of a healthy heart.

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are on a journey toward obtaining national certification as chest pain-accredited centers for early heart attack care. Certification signifies the hospitals’ commitment to community education about heart disease, and the diagnosis and treatment of patients experiencing chest pain across the care setting including EMS, the emergency departments and the inpatient environment.  

For information about Happy Hearts call (828) 631-8889.

About Harris Regional Hospital & Swain Community Hospital

Harris Regional Hospital, established in 1925, is an 86-bed acute and specialty care facility serving Western North Carolina with more than 100 physicians practicing in locations throughout a multi-county region, including Harris Regional Hospital Medical Park of Franklin, an outpatient facility in Macon County.

Swain Community Hospital, established in 1950, is a 48-bed Critical Access Hospital serving a multi-county region with primary care, emergency medicine and subspecialty care including a pain clinic and a transitional care unit. Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital began an affiliation in 1997 and joined Duke LifePoint Healthcare in 2014.

About Duke LifePoint Healthcare

Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health System, Inc. and LifePoint Health® (NASDAQ: LPNT), was established to build a dynamic network of hospitals and healthcare providers. The joint venture, which brings together LifePoint's experience in community-based hospital management and Duke's world-renowned leadership in clinical service, is strengthening and improving healthcare delivery by providing community hospitals the clinical, quality and operational resources they need to grow and prosper.