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Heart Screening & Prevention

Heart Healthy Prevention and Knowledge for Healthy, Happy Lives

The Providence St. Peter Regional Heart Center is a leader in prevention and early diagnosis. We offer everything from community lectures to a women’s heart health program so you and your family can learn how to live heart healthy.

Risk Factors

Learning about your risk factors is often the first step to prevention. Maintaining a healthy body weight, exercising regularly, monitoring your blood pressure and having your cholesterol levels checked are all ways you can help prevent heart disease.

You may be at risk for heart disease if you:

  • Smoke
  • Are overweight
  • Are diabetic
  • Are under stress
  • Have high cholesterol
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Are not physically active
  • Are postmenopausal
  • Have a family history of heart disease


Ever watched a medical drama or talked to a man who had a heart attack? You may have seen a dramatic scene on TV where a man clutches his chest in pain. Yet for women, the warning signs of heart attack are frequently much different. Learning to recognize the symptoms can help you get treatment sooner and minimize damage to the heart muscle.

Some warning signs that occur in women include:

  • Shortness of breath, with or without chest pain
  • Flu-like symptoms—nausea, clamminess or cold sweats
  • Pain in the upper back, shoulders, neck or jaw
  • Unexplained anxiety, fatigue, weakness or dizziness.

If you or anyone you know shows these signs, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Community Events

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation at Providence St. Peter Hospital
    (360) 493-7050
    For people with, or at risk for, heart disease. Includes medically supervised exercise and secondary risk reduction classes. Physician referral required. Weekdays. Fitness Center.
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation at Providence Centralia Hospital
    (360) 330-8911
    For cardiac patients. Monitored exercise sessions three times each week, including education about heart disease and heart-healthy lifestyle changes. Physician referral required. Most insurance companies cover the fee. Classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.