ARHS hosts Heart Shape Forum

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Feb. 6 | Modified: Feb. 9

As heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States, Watauga County health officials are taking a proactive stance in combating this killer.

By arming the public with knowledge and support services to exercise, lowering their blood pressure and eating right, Watauga County is looking to put a dent in the national average.

The Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s Heart Shape forum takes an educational approach to preventing the disease by offering blood pressure, heart rate and other screenings from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s Heart Shape event will also feature tours of the Wellness Center, screenings, stroke risk assessments, cardiac and pulmonary rehab, along with other incentives to get back in shape.

Cardiologists Dr. Andrew Hordes and Dr. Joseph Helak will be the featured speakers of the event. They will discuss atrial fibrillation and cardiac disease.

The event kicks things up a notch with workout classes, featuring spin, Zumba, yoga and water fitness.

Event organizers understand that healthy living begins at home in the kitchen, so there will also be a healthy cooking demonstration at noon, with healthy snacks provided by Earth Fare and Bare Essentials.

“We encourage everyone to come tour the Wellness Center and participate in a fitness class, see a healthy cooking demonstration, speak to a cardiologist, take part in free health screenings and learn about the health care services available in the High Country,” said Vicki Stevens of ARHS.

The Broyhill Wellness Center is located at 232 Boone Heights Drive in Boone. For more information, visit

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