Special to the News-Times
EL DORADO — The 2017 Go Red for Men and Women luncheon will be tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Country Club. There will be heartlight health screenings and a silent auction from 11 a.m. to noon and the program presentations will be from noon until 1 p.m. Tickets are no longer available as a result of the event being sold out.
Kermit Poling, conductor of the South Arkansas Symphony, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker. Co-chairs of the event are Ginger and Jerry Bullard and Alieta and Robert Rupp.
The Go Red event is hosted by the Medical Center of South Arkansas annually to promote healthy hearts and raise funds for American Heart Association research.
Three other speakers are also scheduled to talk including Gary Meshell, Bubba Medlin and Marsha Lacy. Meshell has lived in Union County all of his life.
He graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelors in Medical Technology and worked at MCSA for 40 years. He is speaking about a heart attack he had while on a hunting trip and his friend drove him to the ER.
Medlin went to ULM and graduated in 1966 with his Bachelors degree in marketing.
He has lived in Strong for 47 years where he started Medlin Roofing.
Medlin will speak about when he had a heart attack while returning home from a Cancun vacation.
Lacy was born in Pennsylvania and was raised in Junction City, Kansas. She has lived in Union County for 22 years and has a cosmetology license.
She will talk about having open heart surgery three years ago.
MCSA and the Heart and Vascular Institute will provide complimentary heartlight health risk assessments.
Physicians and nurse practitioners will be available to answer heart health questions.
The MCSA lab will also offer free lipid profiles, which is a type of blood screening for abnormalities in lipids, such as cholesterol and triglycerides.
Heart disease is the number one killer in Arkansas with Arkansas having the sixth highest death rate from the disease in the United States.
Smoking, weight and physical activity are major contributors to heart disease.
The Heart and Vascular Institute at the MCSA has the only Chest Pain Center with interventional cardiologist, 24/7 cardiac Catherization labs, a cardiothoracic surgeon and nationally certified cardiac rehabilitation clinic in the area.