GUEST SEGMENT: One Heart, Be Smart Health Fair

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - St. Francis Hospital is getting ready for the One Heart, Be Smart Health Fair this weekend.

Dr. Raquel Bennett-Gittens from Saint Francis stopped by our studios on Wednesday to tell us more about the event.

"I think the most important message is awareness," Dr. Bennett-Gittens said. "To be aware that heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. We have to be aware of these facts, we have to recognize the symptoms of heart disease, to know when to seek medical attention.

Dr. Bennett-Gittens said it's also importanti to know your numbers.

"That's something I can't stress enough," she said. "It's so important to know your cholesterol levels, your weight, your body mass index, blood pressure, to live a healthy lifestyle and to recognize the symptoms of heart disease. I always tell patients time is muscle, and acting on symptoms in a time-efficient manner is crucial for good results."

Dr. Bennett-Gittens said while heart disease is more prevalent in minorities, it's still the number one cause of mortality across all ethnic groups.

The health fair will be held Saturday, Feb. 25 from 8 a.m. to noon at St. Francis Hospital at the Butler Pavillion. Space is limited and registration is required. To register call (706) 320-8060.

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