SGMC kicks off Heart Health Month with Breakfast

| February 9, 2016


VALDOSTA – South Georgia Medical Center kicked-off Heart Health Month with a Wear Red Breakfast on Friday, Feb. 5 at the Valdosta Country Club.

Nearly 100 women were in attendance, all wearing red to support awareness of heart disease. SGMC CardioVascular Institute Nurse Practitioner Kelly Blackmon shared ways to prevent or lessen your chances of heart disease.

Heart disease is the leading killer of women.  It is described as a silent killer because busy women ignore the signs and symptoms, which are often more subtle than those symptoms experienced by men. Blackmon urged women to take care of themselves, know your risk and to get regular health checkups.

Sharon Dunlap, the mother of a heart transplant recipient also gave a moving speech recanting her family’s experiences with heart disease.  Dunlap thanked the American Heart Association for its work to make research and life-saving cardiac procedures possible.

For more information on all heart health events happening this month visit

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