Cheyenne Regional Medical Center to Host ‘Wake Up to Heart Health’ Virtual Event during American Heart Month

January 18, 2021

Cheyenne, WY—Cheyenne Regional Medical Center will host its 12 annual “Wake Up to Heart Health” event on Feb. 6, 9-10:30 a.m. Due to COVID-19, this year’s event will be held virtually via Zoom to help ensure participant and organizer safety.

Speakers will include Dr. Abdur Khan, a CRMC interventional cardiologist, and Dr. J.J. Chen, a CRMC psychiatrist.

Part of this year’s focus will be on the impact that heart disease, including heart attacks, can have on mental health.

“Physical and mental health are often interconnected,” Dr. Khan said. “For instance, someone who has had a heart attack or is having other cardiac issues may go through bouts of sadness, depression and anxiety about their health and rehabilitation and may wonder if they will be able to return to their former levels of activity. Our goal is to discuss how, when and why this happens and to offer hope to those who may be dealing with these concerns.”

To provide a more personal perspective, a former CRMC patient will discuss the stress he had after being diagnosed with heart disease and how he has coped with that news.

“Our community members need to know that there are many healthy ways they can learn to overcome fear and stress after having a heart attack or being diagnosed with heart disease,” Dr. Chen said.

The other focus of this year’s event will be on how to improve and maintain heart health.

“People can take big steps toward improving their heart health if they will commit to making small changes in their daily habits. Even making two or three changes in their diet and activity level over a period of several months can often result in significant improvement to their heart health, and we’ll share how that can be done,” Dr. Khan said.

A question and answer session with a panel of CRMC cardiology and behavioral health experts will be held at the end of the event. Instructions on how to ask questions via Zoom will be included in each participant’s “conference in a box.”

Conference boxes will also include dietary tips, heart-healthy recipes, tobacco cessation information, an exercise band, a water bottle, a stress ball and a healthy snack. Boxes will be available for pickup at the CRMC Foundation before the event.

There is a $10 fee to register, with all proceeds going toward the purchase of an automated external defibrillator for the Cheyenne community. The AED will be purchased in partnership with the local Mended Hearts chapter.

Registration is taking place online at cheyenneregional.org/wakeup or by calling 307-633-7667 or 307-633-6050. The deadline to register is Jan. 31.