Palmetto Health sponsors free Women at Heart Event, Saturday, February 24

Posted on 1/11/2018

Free heart health screenings available

Palmetto Health’s Women at Heart Forum and Exhibition will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, located at 1101 Lincoln St. in Columbia. Women at Heart is designed to increase heart health among women in the Midlands, and attracts more than 1,000 participants each year. Register at or call 803-296-CARE (2273).

Keynote speakers include motivational speaker Bertice Berry, Ph.D., and Anil Yallapragada, M.D., medical director of Palmetto Health Stroke Center and neurologist at Palmetto Health-USC Neurology. Berry will help inspire women to find purpose and meaning in their life. Yallapragada will discuss the connections between diabetes and stroke. Breakout sessions featuring Palmetto Health experts and Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group physicians will include topics on depression and stress, hypertension and healthy eating habits.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women nationally and is the second leading cause of death for all women in South Carolina. Unfortunately, it also is the leading killer for African-American women in the Palmetto State according to results from the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease kills twice as many women over the age of 25 as the next seven causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. Women are much more likely to die of a heart attack than men because their heart disease often goes undiagnosed. The Women at Heart program looks to educate women so that they can take control of their lives and feel great doing it.

To help identify women who are at risk, free heart health screenings are available in Columbia and Sumter. Registration is required along with a 12-hour fast. Call 803-296-CARE (2273) to schedule your screening.

Women at Heart

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 7-10 a.m.
Thursday, Jan. 25, 7-10 a.m. 
Thursday, Feb. 1, 7-10 a.m.
Palmetto Health Baptist, Classroom D and E
6 Richland Medical Park Dr., Columbia

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 8-11 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 8, 8-11 a.m.
Palmetto Health Tuomey, Classroom 1 and 2
129 N. Washington St., Sumter, SC 29150

Saturday, Feb. 24, 7-9 a.m.
Women at Heart, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln St., Columbia

Other Women at Heart event activities include ask-the-doctor sessions, healthy cooking demonstrations, fitness activities, door prizes and more. Free transportation is available for residents in the Sumter County area. Learn more about the event and register by visiting


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