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Raising awareness about heart disease

Heart attack symptoms displayed at the Dougherty County Public Health Department. / Jessica Fairley

More than 17.3 million people die worldwide each year from cardiovascular disease. Because there are no symptoms, it can go undetected.

Dr. Jason Crawford with Community Health Alliance says, "Sometimes you can get heart rate abnormalities or what we all heart palpitations, kind of like a rabbit bouncing around in your chest. But unfortunately heart disease is one of those disorders that can develop over years as years and years without any symptoms until something bad happens."

The best way to stay healthy is to get your heart pumping, eat a well balanced diet and monitor your cholesterol.

"Its recommended that everybody comes in for a regular routine checkup, even if you're feeling okay, we call them wellness exams. At that time we're going to measure your blood pressure. We'll talk to you about your weight and healthy lifestyles," says Crawford.

To get a better understanding of how the heart works, you're invited to take a tour through one of the most important organs in the human body.

The MEGA Heart, an inflatable, walk-through exhibit, offers a hands on experience that shows how your ticker works and how to keep it healthy.

Hannah Rhodes, who walked through the MEGA Heart says she's surprised "How we actually have one of those big things in our heart. And that they can make them look big so we can go inside and actually learn about it and what it is inside."

"It was pretty cool. I like the vessels and how it pumps blood through your heart and how all your lungs can go to your heart," says Andrew Rhodes who also took a tour of the human heart.

The MEGA Heart is on display at The Discovery on Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Click here to learn about CPR classes offered in northern Nevada.

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