Celebrate heart health throughout February

Wear Red Day, is on Friday, Feb. 7. Salem Health is encouraging the hospital and the community to wear red to kick off American Heart Month and promote heart health. Salem Health is celebrating American Heart Month this February by offering community activities and other heart-health related events.

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, and Thursday, Feb. 13, Salem Health is offering free health screenings from 6:30 to 10 a.m. in the Salem Health Community Health Education Center at the Salem Hospital, 939 Oak St. S.E., Building D.

The screenings will measure cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, height and weight. In addition to the screening, hospital staff will help patients understand their results. Members of Mended Hearts, a non-profit support group for patients and families affected by heart disease, will be there from 8 to 10 a.m. as well.

Call 503-814-2432 to reserve a 15-minute appointment. Remember to fast for 12 hours before the cholesterol test.

Kaiser Permanente cardiologist Priya Kansal, MD, will be speaking at Talk with a Doc: Living healthy with gadgets, on Thursday, Feb. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Salem Hospital, 939 Oak St. S.E. Building D. She will share the latest advancements on leading a heart-healthy lifestyle and how fitness gadgets help.

Three times this month KYKN will have radio tips featuring hearth health at 12:45 p.m. Gabe Gaetner will be on the air on Monday, Feb. 3 to share how some patients are able to stop taking blood thinners with the WATCHMAN device.

The following Thursday, Feb. 6, Andy Walker, a cardiac nurse navigator, will explain heart medications.

The final radio tip will be on Friday, Feb. 21, and will feature Dan Voy as he sares his journery after a quintuple bypass and how the Mended Hearts support group made a difference.

On the last two Wednesdays of the month, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Chef Andre Uribe will teach several hearth healthy recipes. Come hungry and ready to learn. There is a $15 fee. Register online at or call 503-814-2432.

Because many open-heart surgeries depend on donated blood, Salem Health is encouraging community members to donate blood in honor of American Heart Month. Schedule to donate at or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.