Experts at Piedmont Columbus Regional say heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women of most ethnicities in the U.S. Knowing that Amanda Baker says Piedmont Regional Columbus wanted to provide everyone with the opportunity to take a closer look at their heart by going inside one.
“I’m here with a giant inflatable heart it’s like 26 feet wide and 13 feet high and it tells all about how amazing the heart can be and this is cardiovascular month, so we are trying to celebrate and learn about the heart,” Baker said.
Director of cardiology, Craig Vaughn, gave families tours through the mega heart and says this is a way to bring awareness to different heart diseases. Vaughn also gave News3 a tour starting in the right atrium.
“You have somebody that you know that has a pacemaker and has a slow heart rate and needs a pace maker put in. This is where when we put a lead in to your heart to pace for you this is where that lead goes. So they actually have inside this inflatable heart a picture of a lead and how it attaches to the inside of the right ventricle and that’s what becomes your pacemaker for your heart,” Vaughn,MD said.
Aside from the mega heart, there were other activities such as a bouncy house and rock climbing for everyone to get involved with to get their hearts pumping. Dr. Hunter Champion says he enjoyed to see people of all ages and walks of life partaking in the event.
“I think a lot of people think it doesn’t start until you hit 60 or 65 when you start seeing your high school classmates are having heart attacks. You see heart disease in all ages and preventative maintenance is the biggest part about what we’re talking about,” Dr. Champion said.
Piedemont Regional Columbus reports your activity level is the greatest potiential risk for heart disease which is why they decided to create this family fun event.
This was the first annual heart health event and baker tells news 3 that they plan to continue this initiative to inform others on how to be heart smart.