Cottage Health System is hosting its annual Heart Health Fair this Saturday, March 1 to educate the public about heart disease, diabetes and stroke, which can affect anyone at any age. The event this Saturday will be held from 7:30-10:00 a.m. at Goleta Valley Community Center (5679 Hollister Avenue), a new location for 2014. This event is designed primarily for those who do not otherwise have access to medical services.

Heart disease is the number one killer in this country for women as well as men. But it can be prevented through early detection, according to the American Heart Association. Low-cost cholesterol screening and other cardiac health services will be provided at the Heart Health Fair. For only $25, participants can have their blood tested and receive information regarding diabetes, kidney disease, bone function, liver function, blood fats, and cholesterol. Screenings are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those who wish to participate in cholesterol and diabetes testing must not eat for 10 hours before having blood drawn, in order to get accurate results. Please continue drinking water and taking prescribed medications during that time.

The event will also offer stroke and diabetes prevention information, free height and weight evaluations, delicious and nutritious recipes, and healthy snacks.

About Cottage Health System

The not-for-profit Cottage Health System is the parent organization of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital — and its associated Cottage Children’s Hospital and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital. Last year, the Cottage hospitals provided inpatient care for 20,000 people, treated 67,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,400 newborns.


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