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Center to battle leading cause of death in the Borderland

Recent statistics show that El Pasoans are at risk for heart and lung complications and on Wednesday, Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus will launch their rehab center to battle that.

Recent statistics show that El Pasoans are at risk for heart and lung complications and on Wednesday, Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus will launch their rehab center to battle that.

The City of El Paso’s Department of Public Health shows that the leading cause of death in El Paso County was heart disease in 2009 and from 2006 – 2010, about 111 per 100,000 El Pasoans died from coronary heart disease.

Mayo Clinic says that smoking, diabetes and excessive use of alcohol could all lead to heart disease and some statistics show those are common practices in the Borderland.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation says in 2011, El Paso had a higher obesity rate than the country’s average. They also say in 2012, more El Paso men smoked and binged on drinking alcohol than the national average. El Paso women nearly matched the national average for binge drinking in 2012.

The new Hospitals of Providence rehab center will offer a one-stop-shop for lung and heart care to try to battle those numbers.

They say they plan to reduce heart risk factors, lung disorder symptoms and improve physical functioning through a combination of education, exercise, and support for their patients.

The center will cover everything from immediate care and services needed now to on-going rehabilitation.

The hospital is inviting all members of the community to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the center. That starts at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the hospital’s Sierra campus off of Murchison Drive.

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