“I like preventing sudden death,”

Nash Mazza was used to working long days jam-packed with a hefty load of stress. But this one day, Feb. 26, 2016, (he’ll never forget it) Nash felt a sharp pain in his left arm. Tightness and pain in his chest. Nash, 41 years old, was having a heart attack.

“At my age, you don’t think about that,” he said.

Fortunately, as the director of environmental services for Virginia Mason Memorial hospital, he didn’t have far to go for help. Staff called a Code Blue and, using his office chair as an ambulance, wheeled him directly from his office into the Emergency Department.

Nash made it. However, doctors discovered he was suffering from severe blockage in his coronary arteries. On March 3 he had open-heart surgery, a quintuple bypass.

Nash got the message. “If I had this at home, I probably would have died,” he says.

Then he made a plan. Almost 12 months later he’d lost 70 pounds and became that guy who begins his days with an hour of cardio, heads to the gym after work and plans healthy menus for every meal.

Nash’s cardiologist, Dr. Dave Krueger of the Yakima Heart Center, is passionate about drilling home his message of a healthy lifestyle as the best way to ward off heart health issues. he says.

Major cardiovascular diseases – heart disease and stroke – are the leading cause of death in Yakima County and throughout the United States. High cholesterol, obesity and high blood pressure are the three leading factors.

“We exercise less than we think. We eat more than we think,” says Krueger. “But you really do need to change your life. That means 45 minutes of exercise every day, eating a healthy diet – and absolutely no smoking. I don’t care if you’re 18 or 80! If you exercise every day you’ll feel better, live longer and happier, and, you’ll be more aware of how you feel.”

Of the 1,000 people who die suddenly in America of cardiovascular disease each day, half had warning signs. Nash had a big one in autumn 2015. He went to get a new prescription for his glasses and the exam showed eye trauma. “Hardening of the arteries,” says Krueger. “The back of your eye has small arteries; you can actually see the hardening.”

Mazza knew he should go see his doctor. But he was busy. He had a staff of 90 and hardly enough time to eat. When he did, it was fast food and Coke Cola. He also knew about his family history: A grandmother and two uncles died of heart attacks. His birth mother has diabetes.

Nash stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed 280 pounds. He knew he was overweight, but he still didn’t think he could have a heart attack. But the signs were there. The day before, Nash woke up with a heartburn kind of feeling. The day it happened, he felt “weird.”

But that’s all behind him now, and Nash’s cardiologist, Dr. Krueger, would like everyone to know that even with inherited traits for heart disease, “You can change your life. A healthy lifestyle is the best medicine.”

Why this doctor and his family calls Yakima home…

Dr. Casey Prather first arrived in Yakima during medical school rotations 2009. Casey is from Kentucky, and he really wanted to stay close to home. But rotations are assigned by lottery. He came in last, and out west he went.

“We met a couple weeks after Casey came here,” says Nicole, a Yakima native who grew up in the Barge-Chestnut neighborhood and graduated from Eisenhower High School. “We were engaged in three months and got married less than a year from when we met.”

When you know, you know.

But the rotation ended, and residency awaited back east, in Lancaster, Pa. “When Casey finished his residency in Pennsylvania he got a job at one of the hospitals there,” says Nicole. “We stayed about two-and-a-half years, but I really wanted to come back to Yakima. Casey wanted to come back, too. All my friends are here, I grew up here. We both wanted to get back to friends and the outdoors and the food, the wineries.”

When you know, you know.

“It was kind of a quick thing,” she continues. “My best friend got married last summer, and we came back for the wedding. Casey noticed there was a position open at Virginia Mason Memorial hospital, and I said, ‘Yeah, let’s give it a shot!’ “

Long story short, the Prathers are back (as a family of three with daughter Genevieve, age 5). They moved into their West Valley home on Jan. 20, 2018. Casey started work as an anesthesiologist at VMM nine days later. “It felt like home right away,” Nicole says.

“Since we’ve been here we’ve done so many things with our friends. I’m at the stage now where most of my friends are having babies, so it’s an exciting time to be back. A lot of our friends are working and starting companies. People in Yakima are so friendly. We came back and were immediately connected, which was a far cry from Pennsylvania — we didn’t know anybody.

“I told Casey that when people move here we have to be ones to reach out and make them feel welcome.

“We met. We fell in love. We got married. We had a baby. He got a job. We came home.”

Classes and Events This Week

Events for February 11 – 17
Sun
Feb 11
9:00 am Diabetes Wellness –Session 1 of 4 (Classes at 9am & 1pm)
Memorial Cornerstone Medicine -Diabetes Education Classroom
Ends @
11:30
—THOSE REGISTERED WILL ATTEND $ CLASSES OVER A 3 MONTH PERIOD —

This Diabetes Wellness program is for patients who are newly diagnosed with diabetes, or those seeking to gain additional education…

Mon
Feb 12
1:00 pm Diabetes Prevention Alumni Group
Memorial’s Education Center
2506 West Nob Hill Blvd.
Yakima
Ends @
2:00
Group meets the 2nd Monday of every month to discuss a variety of health topics.

No registration necessary except for the grocery store tour.

Please call 509-249-5317 to register.

January — The…

5:00 pm Apoyo para el Cancer -Hombres y Las mujeres
Wellness House
Ends @
6:00
Apoyo para el Cancer

  • 1st Martes, Las Mujeres
  • 2nd Martes, Hombres y Mujeres
5:30 pm ACT! Un Programa de Estilo de Vida Saludable
Yakima YMCA
Ends @
7:00
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Para inscribirse se requiere la referencia de un proveedor de salud
(puede ser doctor, enfermera registrada (enfermera de la escuela),
nutricionista registrada o cualquier…
Gathering at Powerhouse*
The Powerhouse Grill
A time of companionship and support. This group meets monthly for dinner at the Powerhouse Grill. There is no book, no program, and no expectation other than that you have an opportunity to enjoy a me…
6:00 pm Pre-natal Yoga
Memorial Education Center
Ends @
7:00
Pre-natal Yoga helps decrease tension, improve flexibility and strength, prepare for the birthing process, and cultivate a connection between mother and child. No Yoga experience necessary!  If you ar…
Bilingual Zumba
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:00
Dance to Latin music and burn calories. The bilingual class is instructed in both English and Spanish.
Tue
Feb 13
10:00 am Cancelled through Winter: Memorial walking group -Fall hours
Kissel Park
Ends @
11:00
Welcome to the Memorial walking group.  Our goal is to provide a weekly opportunity for physical activity and socialization. The walking session will be supervised by a certified trainer from Memorial…
12:00 pm North Star Knitters
North Star Lodge
Ends @
2:00
Cast on to this active, fun-loving group of knitters (many survivors) and learn to knit, crochet and teach others. All the yarn is provided and the laughs are free. Ask your oncologist or nurse about…
12:15 pm Gentle Chair Exercise New!
Henry Beauchamp Community Center
Ends @
1:15
Gentle Chair Fitness Ends @
1:15
Gentle Chair Fitness

Designed for people with limited mobility and seniors. Stretch and tone muscles without strain.

2:00 pm Prevent T2 for Diabetes Prevention Program Alumni
Lakeview
Ends @
3:00
Are you missing the support of a weekly meeting?  Struggling to stay on track with your goals?  Join us!  We are now offering PreventT2, building on lessons learned from the original DPP classes and i…
3:00 pm Look Good-Feel Better
Wellness House
Ends @
5:00
This step-by-step makeover learning session is led by cosmetology professionals using products donated by the cosmetic industry. Each two-hour, hands-on-workshop includes a 12-step skin care, makeup l…
6:00 pm Bilingual Zumba
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:00
Dance to Latin music and burn calories. The bilingual class is instructed in both English and Spanish.
Gentle Yoga
YOCO
Ends @
7:00
A simple Yoga practice that combines mindful breathing and movement. The bilingual class is instructed in both English and Spanish.
Wed
Feb 14
11:00 am Living Alone support group
Cottage in the Meadow
Ends @
12:00
One of the greatest challenges of learning how to cope with the loss of a spouse, partner, or significant other is getting acquainted with living on your own. This support group provides connection to…
12:00 pm Breastfeeding Support
Memorial Maternal Health
Ends @
1:30
Do you ever ask?
“Will I be able to breastfeed after my baby is born”?
“Am I doing this right?”
“Is this supposed to hurt like this?”
“Is my baby getting enough to eat?”
You are not alone. All…
Cancer support for Men, Women and families
Wellness House
Ends @
1:00
From the first day of cancer diagnosis and for the rest of your life- you are a survivor!  Find hope, encouragement and connection with other survivors.
Living with Loss Course/Support group (Feb 22 to March 15)
Cottage in the Meadow
Ends @
1:00
A 4-week discussion based course and support group. Each individual can share as much or as little as they wish. Leader will provide discussion topics and support related materials throughout the cour…
1:00 pm Better Breathers Club
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
2:30
Better Breathers CLub
A support group for anyone with COPD. Families welcome.Second Wednesday of each month 1-2:30 pm in Memorial’s Center for Rehab & Wellness (406 S. 30th Ave-Upstairs from the Heart…
5:30 pm ACT! Get up, Get Moving -Healthy lifestyle for kids
Yakima YMCA
Ends @
7:00
Ready for a healthy change? Looking for ways to help your child eat well and
be more active? ACT is a 12 week healthy lifestyle program for overweight
children/teens 8-14 years of age and their…
Breast Cancer Support Group
‘Ohana Mammography Center
Ends @
6:30
Betsy Medrano,  R.N, Certified Nurse Navigator, and breast health expert will lead discussion on a variety of topics related to breast cancer. Support group is open to all women with breast cancer, fr…
6:00 pm Bilingual Zumba
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:00
Dance to Latin music and burn calories. The bilingual class is instructed in both English and Spanish.
Thu
Feb 15
12:00 pm Cancer support -Women supporting women
Wellness House
Ends @
1:00
From the first day of cancer diagnosis and for the rest of your life- you are a survivor!  Find hope, encouragement and connection with other women survivors.
Women Supporting Women Through Cancer
Wellness House
Ends @
1:00
From the moment of diagnosis and for the rest of your life you are a survivor!  Within the Support Group find Hope, Encouragement and a Connection with other women just like you!  It does not matter w…
12:15 pm Gentle Chair Fitness Ends @
1:15
Gentle Chair Fitness

Designed for people with limited mobility and seniors. Stretch and tone muscles without strain.

Zumba
Studio Z
Ends @
1:15
Offered at no charge.
Ages 10 and up.
5:30 pm Autism Support Group- 5:30-7:00 pm / Autism 200 Series (televised from Seattle Childrens)- 7-8:30 pm
Children’s Village
Ends @
8:30
For parents and caregivers of children that experience Autism, Sensory Challenges, Social, Emotional, Communication or Behavioral Concerns. No Autism Diagnosis is needed to attend. If you need childca…
6:30 pm Baby Basics
Memorial Education Center
Ends @
9:00
Baby Basics
Learn all about baby care, including diapering, swaddling, taking your baby’s temperature and bathing. You’ll gain insight into recognizing baby’s “cues” and get tips on what you can do to…
Fri
Feb 16
9:00 am Parent to Parent Crafting Group
Children’s Village
Ends @
11:00
A time for Crafting, Coffee and Chatting with others who are raising children with special needs, in a relaxed atmosphere of support, encouragement and fun.  It is free to attend, and we have scrapboo…
2:30 pm Solo para mamografías—rayos X de senos.
‘Ohana Mammography Center
Ends @
4:30
Cuide de lo que verdaderamente es importante – su Salud.

¿No tiene cobertura médica?
‘Ohana tiene información de programas que ayudan a cubrir el costo de este importante examen.
Llame para más…

Walk-in Clinic for Screening Mammograms
‘Ohana Mammography Center
Ends @
5:30
`Ohana, Memorials Mammography center, offers a walk-in clinic for screening mammograms, Fridays, 2:30–5:30 p.m No appointment is necessary and interpreters are available. The name of the doctor receiv…
Sat
Feb 17
8:00 am C.A.B.S. Child and Babysitting Safety
Lakeview
Ends @
2:00
This 6 hour class was developed by the American Safety and Health Institute to deliver fundamental information in babysitting, including proper supervision, basic caregiving skills and safety and inju…

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Upcoming Events for February 18 – 24
Sun Feb 18 9:00 am Diabetes Wellness –Session 1 of 4 (Classes at 9am & 1pm) (Memorial Cornerstone Medicine -Diabetes Education Classroom)
Mon Feb 19 5:30 pm ACT! Un Programa de Estilo de Vida Saludable (Yakima YMCA)
6:00 pm Pre-natal Yoga (Memorial Education Center)
Tue Feb 20 10:00 am Cancelled through Winter: Memorial walking group -Fall hours (Kissel Park)
12:00 pm Grief Recovery Workshop (Feb 20 to April 10) (Cottage in the Meadow)
North Star Knitters (North Star Lodge)
12:15 pm Gentle Chair Exercise New! (Henry Beauchamp Community Center)
Gentle Chair Fitness
2:00 pm Prevent T2 for Diabetes Prevention Program Alumni (Lakeview)
Wed Feb 21 11:00 am Healing Hearts -Cardiac support group (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)
12:00 pm Breastfeeding Support (Memorial Maternal Health)
Living with Loss Course/Support group (Feb 22 to March 15) (Cottage in the Meadow)
5:30 pm ACT! Get up, Get Moving -Healthy lifestyle for kids (Yakima YMCA)
Grupo de Apoyo de Padre a Padre en Español (Children’s Village)
6:30 pm Successful Breastfeeding (Memorial Education Center)
7:00 pm Mr. West Valley High School Pageant (See notes for location information)
Thu Feb 22 11:00 am Family & Friends Cancer education/support (Wellness House)
12:00 pm Living with Loss Course/Support group (Feb 22 to March 15) (Cottage in the Meadow)
12:15 pm Gentle Chair Fitness
Zumba (Studio Z)
Fri Feb 23 2:30 pm Solo para mamografías—rayos X de senos. (‘Ohana Mammography Center)
Walk-in Clinic for Screening Mammograms (‘Ohana Mammography Center)
Sat Feb 24 9:00 am Childbirth Education -1 day class, Saturday (Memorial Education Center)
12:00 pm Kid’s Grief Workshops (Cottage in the Meadow)

View the entire calendar online

Child and Babysitting Safety Classes coming to Yakima

Do you have an 11-15 year old at home that is looking to start babysitting? Are you 11-15 and want to start babysitting but aren’t sure about how to begin or if you’re ready for the responsibility? Come join us at Lakeview Pavilion for one of our new Child and Babysitter Safety (CABS) Classes. Our ASHI certified instructors will educate you in the basics of first aid, in responsible supervision, in handling emergency situations, and in building your babysitting business. Classes are just $40 and registration is just one click away. Grab a parent and go to https://yakimamemorial.org/medical-services-com-nutrition-and-fitness.asp#safe to sign up today!

The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men

The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men, and are often misunderstood. Sometimes, women can have a heart attack without chest pain. Women are more likely than men to have heart attack symptoms unrelated to chest pain, such as:
■ Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort
■ Shortness of breath
■ Pain in one or both arms
■ Nausea or vomiting
■ Sweating
■ Lightheadedness or dizziness
■ Unusual fatigue
— Source: www.cdc.gov