Porter Regional Hospital to present heart-health awareness programs throughout the February, American Heart Month

2014-01-14T15:14:00Z Porter Regional Hospital to present heart-health awareness programs throughout the February, American Heart MonthContributed by Karen Keltner nwitimes.com
January 14, 2014 3:14 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | In celebration of American Heart Month, Porter Regional Hospital will present a series of heart-healthy programs to help educate the community on the prevention and treatment of heart disease – the leading cause of death of both men and women according to the American Heart Association.

The free presentations will be held in the Community Room at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 East US Highway 6 in Valparaiso. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 1-800-541-1861.

The weekly presentations include:

• Get Heart Smart • February 6 • 6 p.m.

Heart disease may be the leading cause of death; but the fact is, it is largely preventable because so many factors are in your control. Studies show that if you choose to take charge of your health and adopt a healthy lifestyle, you can dramatically reduce your risks of heart disease. Join Cardiologist Dr. Jay Shah to learn ways to prevent heart problems and improve your heart health today and into the future.

• How Clogged Are Your Arteries? • February 13 • 6 p.m.

Coronary artery disease, also known as hardening of the arteries, is a result of plaque buildup in your arteries, which blocks blood flow to your heart and heightens the risk for heart attack and stroke. Clogged arteries often develop over decades and can go virtually unnoticed until you have a heart attack. Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Keith Atassi will discuss the symptoms and treatment of blocked arteries and when interventions may be necessary.

• PAD is Bad • February 20 • 6 p.m.

It is estimated that by the age of 65, up to 20% of the population will have peripheral artery disease (PAD), a circulatory problem in which there is partial or total blockage of an artery in a leg, arm or torso. Join Cardiologist Dr. Sandeep Sehgal to learn more about how PAD is diagnosed and the best treatment options.

• Get Back in Rhythm • February 26 • 6 p.m.

Atrial fibrillation, commonly called AFib, is a very common heart rhythm disorder that affects about 2.6 million people annually. The presence of atrial fibrillation increases your individual risk of stroke five-fold. Join Cardiologist Dr. Hector Marchand to learn how AFib is diagnosed and the treatment strategies utilized to reduce the risk of stroke.

Porter Health Care System has two hospital campuses and seven outpatient facilities serving Porter, Lake, LaPorte, Starke, Newton and Jasper counties. With more than 350 physicians representing 50 medical specialties on the medical staff, Porter Health Care System is a leader in technology and overall patient care.

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