(Seguin) -- What better time than this Valentine's week to think about your heart. Ensuring a healthy heart begins this weekend at the Get Heart Smart -- Guadalupe Regional Medical Heart Health Expo.
Chelsea Grayson, the director of marketing at GRMC, says Saturday's event is designed to keep you healthy while allowing you to have a little bit of fun in the process.
"There's going to be a bunch of different vendor booths. The (GRMC) foundation will be there. We will have diabetes education there. We're going to have our executive chef doing cooking demonstrations the entire two hours ranging from how to properly cook salmon to making quick yogurt parfaits. You'll be able to taste all of this as well. We're just wanting to keep interactive and fun, light hearted and then also of course bring in that education piece," said Grayson.
Grayson says GRMC is especially excited about being able to offer calcium screenings for individuals. Cost is $80 a person. She says the screening is the first step toward preventive care.
"For our calcium score, it's going to be a non invasive check up. It's a CT scan that you'll ultimately do and what it's checking for is calcium build up or plaque in your arteries around your heart. So we're checking to make sure that blood flow is very even around your heart, that you're staying healthy. So that's basically what happens behind the scenes. Whenever you're done, you get a number. So if the number is higher, that means you're probably at a higher risk for a heart attack or heart disease the next several years. What we'll do is we'll give that information back to your primary care physician or your cardiologist so you can follow up with them and you can see what steps you need to take in order to stay healthy," said Grayson.
Grayson says the health expo is designed with the whole family's health in mind.
"We will definitely have some fun door prizes including giving away a Fit Bit and other fun things like that. We are also going to have the American Heart Association there and Hearty the heart mascot will be there dressed up ready to take pictures with your family. This is definitely an event that you can bring your kids to. We're going to have a coloring station for kids, a photo booth with Hearty the mascot. So it's a family affair," said Grayson.
The Get Heart Smart Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the GRMC Central Entrance lobby. The event is free. Those wishing to pre-register for the $80 calcium screening may call 830-401-7745. There will be a limited amount of exams conducted on Saturday.