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Stress and the affects on your heart addressed at Christian Hospital Health Fair

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Nurse practitioner Christina Testa speaks to crowd about stress at the Christian Hospital Health Care Fair (Credit:KMOV) Nurse practitioner Christina Testa speaks to crowd about stress at the Christian Hospital Health Care Fair (Credit:KMOV)
NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

500 people registered for the annual Christian Hospital Heart Health Fair. Inside the Detrick Building, nurses, doctors and health care providers were on hand to offer free screenings where they measured cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure levels.

This annual fair happens every February during American Heart Health month to encourage people to get their heart checked annually. Speakers were also on hand to talk about the affects of physical and emotional stress on the heart.

Nurse practitioner Christine Testa, with BJC Heart Care Group, was one of the speakers.

"Overtime the emotional stress and not having a healthy outlet for your stress can lead to high blood pressure," said Testa.

Testa says since emotional stress is typically unavoidable, it is key to find ways to manage your stress to prevent it from hurting your heart. Stress management is different for everyone, but can include meditation, prayer, stress balls, removing yourself from the situation causing stress, deep breathing and exercise. 

Testa also encourages people to focus on eating healthy to protect their heart. "7 years ago I went totally vegetarian, so I cut out the meats, just didn't want the chemicals in my body," said Brenda Jordan, who attended the Heart Health Fair, "Just trying to have a long healthy life."

12 years ago, Jordan was diagnosed with breast cancer. After the shock of her health scare settled, she vowed to make some changes.

"I decided to change my whole lifestyle, my whole way of eating, basically I constantly get tested," said Jordan. On Saturday, she got her blood drawn to measure cholesterol levels. "Actually I thought it would be a little bit of a sting and I really didn't feel anything," said Jordan. 

For information on Christian Hospital's Heart Care program, click here: https://www.christianhospital.org/Medical-Services/Heart-Care

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