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Published on September 5th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Seventh Annual “Women at Heart” Features Bestselling Author Valorie Burton

Pictured above Valorie Burton

Palmetto Health, in collaboration with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and other local partners, presents the seventh annual “Women at Heart,” a free heart-health forum and exhibition, from 8 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. The event will help women learn to take better care of their hearts. Registration for the event is available at WomenAtHeart2014.eventbrite.com or 803-296-CARE (2273).

The keynote speaker is Valorie Burton, a bestselling author, speaker and life coach dedicated to helping people get unstuck and be unstoppable in every area of life. Other speakers include cardiologists, wellness experts, exercise trainers and health advocates. Attendees can spend one-on-one time with a Palmetto Health physician, attend a workout session, or find out how just losing “10” can kick start their health journey.

Free health screenings will be offered by appointment only from 7–9 a.m. at the event. In addition, there will be early screenings available by appointment Sept. 3–5, 9, 12, 17 and 24 at Palmetto Health Baptist, 1501 Sumter St., ground level, classroom D-E. Screenings will include a fasting lipid panel, blood pressure, body mass index, fasting glucose, as well as weight and waist circumference. The Palmetto Health mobile mammography van also will be there the day of the event. Health screenings require a 12-hour fast, and pre-registration is required. Participants are encouraged to register early because screening appointments are limited.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women nationally and is the second leading cause of death for all women in South Carolina. It is the leading killer for African-American women in the Palmetto State (DHEC). According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease kills twice as many women over the age of 25 as the next seven causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. Women are much more likely to die of a first heart attack than men because their heart disease often goes undiagnosed.

For more information or to register, visit PalmettoHealth.org/WomenAtHeart or call 803-296-CARE (2273).

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