Local heart disease survivors’ stories, photos 
featured in “Hamilton Heart Gallery”

Thursday, February 07, 2013

 Heart Gallery photo of Anne Farrow

 DALTON, Ga.– Hamilton Health Care System and the American Heart Association are honoring Northwest Georgia heart disease survivors with a traveling photo and story gallery. The “Hamilton Heart Gallery” features 10 Northwest Georgia residents who have experienced heart disease and were assisted by Hamilton Health Care System’s emergency, cardiac health care, or cardiac rehabilitation services.

“We are honored to partner with the American Heart Association to give these 10 local ‘heart heroes’ an opportunity to share their inspirational stories. We hope that by viewing the gallery and reading the stories, that more people will learn ways to prevent and recognize the signs of heart disease,” said Stephen Rohn, MD.

According to Shelley Armstrong of the Greater Southeast Affiliate of the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S., and stroke is the fourth common cause. “These diseases do not discriminate because of race, sex, or age. We all need to take care of our hearts by eating better, exercising more, and not smoking. But we also need to know how to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke and what to do when one occurs,” she said.

Click here to see the traveling gallery dates and locations

Hamilton Medical Center's cardiology services feature some of the most advanced technology available to diagnose and treat heart conditions and is ranked in the top 10% in the nation for heart failure treatment and stroke care according to CareChex.

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