Wellness seminar addresses cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease, and components that effect it, were discussed during First Tennessee’s 2017 Mid-South Diversity Wellness Summit, held April 19 in the Little Theater.

A panel, including Dwight Dishmon, interventional cardiologist, Keith Turbett, CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) officer, Zeta Hall, Financial Center manager, and Andrea Echols, community development manager, shared wellness information with participants.

Dishmon discussed the dangers of cardiovascular diseases and why it is important to pay attention to health.

“With Tennessee being one of the largest states at risk of heart disease, it is very important for us to bring attention to what causes cardiovascular disease (CVD) and help everyone become less at-risk of attracting it,” Dishmon said.

According to the American Heart Association, 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of one death every 40 seconds.

“Most people with a heart disease don’t act on the warning signs,” Dishmon said. “It is very important to not only eat the correct things, but also be physically active to help the body pump blood at an active pace.”

To help control being less at risk of heart disease, one must control high blood pressure, lower high blood cholesterol, lose weight and stay physically active, all controllable acts that Dishmon said could help cope with heart disease.

Turbett and Dishmon said learning the warning signs of cardiovascular disease is important.

“Chest discomfort or any discomfort of the body, shortness of breath, and breaking out in a cold sweat are ways to notice cardiovascular issues.  These symptoms should be handled immediately,” Turbett said.

“Moderation is the key when controlling your health. Be sure to be cognizant of what you love and find a way to have it help you live a healthier lifestyle,” Dishmon said.

Hall addressed the importance of building credit scores and managing money while building a life savings. Echols addressed maintaining good health and the importance of building the community.

Prior to the panel discussion, a capacity crowd of students, staff, faculty and area residents participated in the Wellness Expo, held in the student center.

Andrea Echols, coordinator, said the purpose of the event was to make people aware of their health and financial concerns.

Organizations from across the city offered information from health to banking. Participating companies included: Advance Memphis, Bank On Memphis, Baptist Memorial Health Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Chiropractors of Memphis, Church Health Center, Common Table Health Alliance, First Tennessee Bank, Hope House, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Memphis Police Department, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Regional One Health, Shelby County Health Department, Southern College of Optometry, Southwest Community College, Street Ministries, Tyrone’s Total Fitness, Universal Parenting Place, and Women’s Physician Group.