Health & Wellness Briefs, Feb. 12, 2013

Health health awareness class Feb. 19

Preferred Homecare will host a free Heart Health Awareness class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in Conference Room 102 on the lower level of Hospice Care Center, 3090B N. 12th St.

Dr. Ross Pacini from Western Slope Cardiology will speak at the meeting, which will focus on the long-term cardiac consequences of untreated nocturnal hypoxemia and sleep apnea. Complications can include hypertension, angina, arrhythmia, coronary artery disease and heart attack.

The class is being offered in February because it is Healthy Heart Awareness Month.

Delta nurse named to state committee


Misty Sakala, Delta County Memorial Hospital’s trauma nurse coordinator in the emergency department, was recently appointed to serve as a member of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Designation Review Committee.

The committee provides advice and suggestions to the CDPHE about improving emergency care and trauma services in Colorado.

Suicide prevention meeting in March


QPR for Suicide Prevention, a 90-minute workshop designed to help people detect warning signs that someone may commit suicide and offers tips for how to respond to someone they believe is at risk of committing suicide, will take place at 7 p.m. March 14 at the Harris Office Building, 619 Main St.

Registration prior to the event is encouraged but not required. To register, call 683-6626 or visit

FootLaser treatments available locally


Grand Valley Foot and Ankle Center, 2478 F Road, now provides PinPointe FootLaser treatments.

PinPointe is a laser technology that helps increase the clearness of toenails in patients with onychomycosis, or nail fungus. The treatment procedure involve the laser light targeting and heating the fungus without damaging the area surrounding the toenail.

Call Grand Valley Foot and Ankle Center at 245-3338 for more information or to schedule a consultation.


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