For the record

August 21, 2005

Tammy Cornman, LPN from Summit Health, appeared at Menno Village Chapel in Chambersburg, Pa., on Aug. 10 to discuss heart disease and its effects, especially on women.

Cornman's message highlighted that heart disease is the number one killer of women and the most important facts women need to know are to become educated about your heart and talk to your doctor about your risks.

"Many think breast cancer is the number one concern for women, but in actuality it is heart disease. Most women will get a mammogram, but will ignore heart symptoms," she explained. "They need to realize they cannot fall victim to this colossal threat to their health."

The following are some symptoms of heart disease that Cornman says you should watch for: squeezing chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, sweating, tightness of chest, recurring chest discomfort, pain spreading to shoulders or neck or arms, indigestion, dizziness, nausea, unexplained anxiety, weakness, fatigue, back pain, jaw pain, and a sense of looming gloom. If you show signs of any of these symptoms you should seek medical attention promptly.


Cornman answered the question, "what should you do if you think you are having an heart attack?" by saying that time is the greatest enemy of a heart attack victim. If you think you are having a heart attack call 911 immediately. Don't delay. Women especially tend to minimize their symptoms, but heart damage is greatly decreased in those who receive prompt treatment.

Summit Health has partnered with Menno Haven Retirement Communities to promote health and wellness awareness to the residents of the local community and Menno Haven Retirement Communities. The next session, titled "Eating For Life," will be held Oct. 12 at 9:30 a.m. in the Menno Village Chapel, 2075 Scotland Ave, Chambersburg. The sessions are open to anyone and are free of charge.

Keedysville resident John Corcoran graduated July 20 as a member of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps Western Region.

Corcoran was one of 211 AmeriCorps NCCC members honored. During their 10 months of service, corps members worked in teams of 10 to 12 and were deployed across the Western Region states of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and Idaho, and the territories of Guam and Samoa. The 21 teams provided support to more than 135 community service organizations and were on 24-hour call, if needed, to aid disaster relief efforts anywhere in the country.

AmeriCorps NCCC encourages young adults ages 18-24 to commit to 10 months of community service. In return, members receive room and board, a modest living allowance and, upon successful completion of the program, a $4,725 education award that can be used for educational advancement or to repay student loans.

For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC, call 800-942-2677 or visit on the Web.

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