2/13/2018 2:43:00 PM February proclaimed American Heart Month in Jackson County
The Jackson County Commissioners were recently joined by a number of Holzer Health System representatives to officially recognize the month of February as American Heart Month in Jackson County. Pictured from the left are Commissioner Paul Haller, Jan Frazee, Jennifer Spradlin, Commissioner Ed Armstrong, Lori Cremeans, Connie Potts and Commissioner Jerry Hall. (Telegram Photo By Phillip Buffington)
Near the start of this month, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners were visited by a number of Holzer Health System representatives to discuss the array of services available in the area pertaining to the cardiopulmonary care. Additionally, a proclamation was adopted by the commissioners recognizing February as American Heart Month on the local front.
During the Tuesday, Jan. 30 meeting, local Holzer representatives Lori Cremeans (Director of Cardiopulmonary Services), Jennifer Spradlin (Cardiopulmonary Care Program Coordinator), Jan Frazee (Director of Ambulatory Services) and Connie Potts (Site Manager at Holzer Medical Center-Jackson and the Wellston Clinic) were present to discuss the various services available in Jackson and Gallipolis. Also present was Holzer Health System's Communications Coordinator Karrie Davison.
With regard to the services available in Jackson, the women stated stress tests, echocardiograms, cardiac rehab programs and even a pacemaker clinic are offered through either the hospital or clinic. For more extensive treatments such as heart catheters, patients can be treated at the main Holzer campus in Gallipolis.
In reading the official proclamation, Commissioner Paul Haller encouraged all Jackson County citizens to wear red during the month to help raise awareness of cardiovascular disease.
"We recognize the extraordinary progress in heart health and recognize that more needs to be done in Jackson County to safeguard heart health for generations to come," Haller read.
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease (including coronary heart disease, hypertension and stroke) continues to be the number-one cause of death in the U.S. Specifically, coronary heart disease accounts for one in seven deaths in the U.S., killing more than 360,000 people annually.
"Keeping our communities healthy and promoting awareness of health issues including heart disease is an important responsibility and depends on the actions of many organizations and groups in our community," Commissioner Haller said, reading the proclamation.
Commissioner Haller also asked the healthcare professionals if heart disease is the biggest health issue in Jackson County. The women explained heart disease is one of the top three issues in the area, with the others being COPD and diabetes.