Kelly McCreary with her daughter, Adie, and several of her co-workers with the Alton Memorial Hospital ambulance service. Kelly will be speaking at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the annual Heart-Stroke Fair.

Time is of the essence when dealing with a heart attack or a stroke. Take some time out of your winter schedule for Alton Memorial Hospital’s 16th annual Heart-Stroke Fair on Saturday, Feb. 15. The fair is from 9 a.m. to noon in the Beeby Wing and connector lobbies near the AMH cafeteria. Call 800-392-0936 to register for this free event.

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The fair is designed to help area residents assess their heart health and learn about prevention and treatment of heart disease, the top health problem in the United States. Alton Memorial Hospital heart experts will be on hand to address the impact of exercise, smoking, diabetes, sleep disorders, nutrition, medications and stress on the heart. A variety of informational booths will provide details on such topics as heart attack, congestive heart failure, emergency care, angioplasty, peripheral artery disease, depression, stress management, diet and nutrition. The AMH Heart & Vascular Center as well as the AMH Stroke Center will have featured tables in the fair.

The Heart-Stroke Fair will again offer a variety of free health screenings, including cholesterol (fasting is required), blood pressure and breast screenings. The cholesterol-blood pressure screening package is separate from the breast screenings. The breast screenings are aimed at women without insurance, who are having breast health concerns or haven't had a breast exam in over a year. Both screening packages are free and require an appointment by calling 1-800-392-0936. Visitors can register for the screening packages when they call to register for the fair itself.

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Free boxed lunches from Subway will be served beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. You must register in advance for the fair to assure yourself a free meal. Everyone who pre-registers will get a green lunch ticket at the registration table and will be served first. Walk-ins will be served only if there are enough meals left.

Visitors should enter the fair via the hospital’s Duncan Wing entrance and proceed down the corridor toward the Beeby Wing, where the registration table will be located.

Speakers in the cafeteria meeting rooms will be Dr. Rama Gondi, a cardiologist on staff at AMH, at 10 a.m.; then Kelly McCreary, a paramedic at AMH, at 11:30 a.m. Dr. Gondi will talk about how to maintain excellent heart health. Kelly can not only speak about her role as a paramedic, but she also suffered two strokes in the past 15 months and will talk about the excellent care she received at AMH.


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