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Community Learns about Heart Health

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., March 15, 2018 — Florida Hospital New Smyrna and the Oceanside Women’s Club teamed up to host a free community lecture about heart disease, Florida’s #1 killer, accounting for nearly a quarter of all deaths in the state. 
 
On Feb. 19, at the Coronado Community United Methodist Church in New Smyrna Beach, cardiologist Dr. Surya Rao addressed the newest blood pressure guidelines and explained how stress affects the heart.
 
“High blood pressure is a very common condition with no symptoms and, unfortunately, it is also one of the leading risk factors for heart disease. Nearly half of all American adults are at risk for major health problems because of high blood pressure,” said Rao while speaking at the at the Coronado Community United Methodist Church. “Also known as hypertension, this condition makes the heart work harder than normal, and if left untreated, it can scar and damage the arteries and lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, eye damage, heart failure and fatty buildups in the arteries, called atherosclerosis.”
 
According to new guidelines released by the American Heart Association, normal blood pressure is now classified as under 120/80 (normal was previously under 140/90).
 
“This change means that 46 percent of U.S. adults are identified as having high blood pressure, compared with 32 percent under the previous definition,” he said. “The new guideline is designed to help people take steps to control their blood pressure earlier, and hopefully avoid developing other serious medical conditions.”
 
About Florida Hospital New Smyrna
Florida Hospital New Smyrna is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 46 hospital campuses and nearly 8,200 licensed beds in 10 states. With 112-beds, Florida Hospital New Smyrna is one of the six Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties that composes the Florida Hospital East Florida Region. As the largest hospital system in the area, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region has 907 beds and more than 6,000 employees. For more information about Florida Hospital New Smyrna, visit www.FHNewSmyrna.org. 
 
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Cardiologist Dr. Surya Rao discusses heart disease, Florida’s #1 killer, during a free community lecture hosted by Florida Hospital New Smyrna and the Oceanside Women’s Club on Feb. 19 at the Coronado Community United Methodist Church in New Smyrna Beach.