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Wednesday, Feb 05 2014 12:10 PM

'First Look': Red Hot Bingo Bash to raise money for women's heart screenings

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    Bakersfield Fire Department Battalion Chief Anthony Galagaza shares details about the Red Hot Bingo Bash, a Feb. 12 event promoting February as American Heart Month, on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

It's a disease that can often be prevented among women and men but so many times it goes undiagnosed or ignored. Heart disease also happens to be the No. 1 killer of women.

To encourage women to get heart screenings, the Bakersfield Fire Department has teamed up with Dignity Health to present the Red Hot Bingo Bash, a Feb. 12 event promoting February as American Heart Month.

"Information is out there but there is also so much that women don't understand like where their cholesterol or high blood pressure numbers should be," Battalion Chief Anthony Galagaza said Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

The event promises a fun time while offering the opportunity to learn about heart disease, Galagaza said.

Bingo will be played, shopping will be available and appetizers and cocktails will be served by nine of the "hottest city firefighters," Galagaza said.

Admission is free but Galagaza said donations of $25 or more will be accepted to help cover the costs of heart screenings for women who can't afford tests to find out if they are at risk for heart disease.

Heart screenings will not be done at the event, but women can sign up for any of the twice-a-week screenings available at Mercy and Memorial hospitals.

The Bingo Bash is from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12 at Metro Galleries, 1604 19th St. To RSVP call 324-7070.

 

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