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Do You Know The Age Of Your Heart? And This Question Isn’t Just For The Guys.

Heart Health

Walla Walla General Hospital is encouraging Washingtonians — both men and women — to take the Heart Health Assessment at to find out the true age of their hearts. A simple, five-minute online assessment lets people know just how healthy their hearts really are.

The assessment is part of Adventist Health’s effort to share the real dangers of heart disease and help people identify changes to make to improve their heart health.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

In Washington State, heart disease is the number two killer of people, taking the lives of 28 people every day. Here in Walla Walla County, heart disease killed 103 people in 2013 and 1 in 20 adults were reported to have had a heart attack, coronary heart disease or angina.

While heart disease may be considered by many to be a “men’s disease,” 1 in 3 women die of heart disease each year, the equivalent to one death every minute. For comparison, 1 in 31 women die of breast cancer.

“You don’t have to be a statistic — take control of your health,” says Anabel Facemire, MD, FACC, cardiologist at Walla Walla General Hospital. “We have scientific evidence to prove that the combination of simple tests and lifestyle changes can halt the progression of coronary artery disease. Start today by knowing your risk, exercising for two and a half hours each week, eating a healthy diet, and quitting smoking.”

Other risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes include obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Heart attack symptoms include chest pain; pain in one or both arms; pain in the back, neck and jaw; and shortness of breath. Women tend to experience heart attack symptoms men typically don’t, including fatigue, nausea and vomiting, and light-headedness or dizziness.

Walla Walla General Hospital has a special focus in cardiac care. The cardiac program includes a newly-constructed Emergency Center, an Accredited Chest Pain Center staffed by a team with advanced cardiac training, a cardiac catheterization lab for emergency interventions, pacemaker installation, transesophageal echocardiograms, as well as highly-trained hospitalists and nursing staff for inpatient care, followed by cardiac rehabilitation services to help patients recover from a heart attack.

For more information about cardiac care and to take the Heart Health Assessment, visit