Meetings to focus on surviving a heart attack, next steps

The Bellevue Fire Department, in conjunction with Overlake Hospital Medical Center, will present a series of free, town-hall-style meetings focusing on the steps community members can take in the face of a heart attack.

"Surviving a heart attack, what happens next" is the theme of Heart Week 2014, March 17-23. Organizers want people to follow the suggestions of their doctors, including life-saving steps to lower cholesterol, watch their diet and blood pressure, exercise every day and quit smoking.

Leading physicians from Overlake Hospital and members of the Bellevue Fire Department Medic One staff will provide information and answer questions at the meetings, which will take place on the following dates:

* Tuesday, March 18, noon to 1 p.m., at City Hall in the Council Chambers, 450 110th Ave. NE

* Wednesday, March 19, 6-7 p.m., at Overlake Hospital PACCAR Education Center,1035 116th Ave. NE

* Thursday, March 20, 6-7 p.m., City Hall in the Council Chambers;Friday, March 21, 11 a.m. to noon, Bellevue Square Mall, Bellevue Way and Northeast Sixth Street

* Saturday, March 22, 2-3 p.m., Crossroads Bellevue Shopping Center, 15600 Northeast Eighth St.The goal of Heart Week is to provide accurate information to help people recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack encourage them to call 911 quickly if they suspect a heart attack and provide a better understanding of what happens next.

For more information about Heart Week 2014, call Lt. Richard Burke at 425-452-6995


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