Cardiologist Srinivasa Chennareddy, MD spoke at a Sweet Tea Society event on Thursday, Feb. 6 at The Depot Off Main. Dr. Chennareddy discussed heart attack symptoms and what to do when you think a loved one is having a heart attack. As an accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, SAMC is working to increase the survival rate among heart attack victims in the area.
Social hour followed the program and included a round of “Sanford and Son” trivia. Fred Sanford was always just an Aunt Esther visit away from having the “big one” as he clutched his heart and told his deceased wife Elizabeth that he was coming to join her.
The person who answered the most questions correctly received a romantic dinner for two on Valentine’s Day and a complete DVD set of Sanford and Son episodes.
Heart healthy hors d’oeuvres included skewers of fresh pineapple, grapes, strawberries and bananas, miniature pie treats with dark chocolate, cucumber slices topped with shrimp salad, and a crunchy shell filled with cream cheese and orange marmalade.
Part of the night’s festivities included a Sanford and Son trivia quiz. In this photo, a group of attendees collaborate on the question of identifying the name of Julio’s goat. Its name was Chico, for the record.
Dr. Chennareddy invited the night’s guests to share their heart attack stories at the beginning of his presentation. A few guests took the microphone to offer encouragement and remind women that in a heart attack situation, their symptoms might not always be the traditional things one would expect such as difficulty breathing, pressure in the chest or pain in the left arm. Their stories supported data from the American Heart Association that indicate symptoms such as shortness of breath, pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, upper back pressure or extreme fatigue. Often women believe they are suffering from flu-like symptoms when in fact they’re having a heart attack.
Dr. Chennareddy offered useful advice on maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle and emphasized that quitting smoking is one of the most important controllable risk factors for heart disease. The program was attended by approximately 50 people.