Missoula expo raises awareness to heart disease – KPAX.com | Continuous News

The Heart Expo served as a chance for patients to receive blood, prostate, thyroid, and skin cancer screenings. (MTN News photo)

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States each year, accounting for 1-in-4 deaths, making heart disease the number one killer in both men and women.

A team of cardiac specialists from the International Heart Institute of Montana and Providence St. Patrick Hospital are helping the public stay informed with lectures on the latest advances in treating heart disease.

The Heart Expo served as a chance for patients to receive blood, prostate, thyroid, and skin cancer screenings. There was also a lesson using a pig’s heart on the basic anatomy of a heart.

Interventional cardiologist Tod Maddux wanted participants to just one thing before they left the event on Saturday.

“A better understanding of what they can do for their own heart health if they happen to be a heart patient or concerned about heart disease in general, which most people ought to be given how prevalent heart disease is. I think increasing awareness of cardiac issues is paramount,” Maddux said. 

The cardiac team at the International Heart Institute of Montana and Providence St. Patrick Hospital has recently made the list of top 50 Cardiovascular hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics.

This is the tenth time — and the fifth year in a row — that the group has received…

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