Friday, February 1, 2013

Having a healthy heart

Heart disease the No. 1 killer of American women – and stroke account for 28.6 percent of all female deaths in Massachusetts, which makes prevention, early detection and prompt treatment key. In collaboration with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, MGH health centers, the MGH Wellness Center and the MGH Institute for Health Professions will host a series of heart health events focused on stress reduction, diabetes and smoking cessation. They also will include blood pressure screenings and body mass index measurements. These events will be held from 10 am to 1 pm on Feb. 4 at MGH West in Waltham; Feb. 5 at the MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center; Feb. 12 at MGH Revere HealthCare Center; Feb. 14 at North End Waterfront Health; Feb. 19 at the MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center; and Feb. 26 at Everett Family Care. For more information, call (781) 485-6400.

Other MGH heart healthy events this month include:

•  National Wear Red Day is Feb. 1. MGH departments that submit a photo of all people wearing red will be entered into a drawing for a free lunch. To enter, submit a photo to Photos must be submitted by 5 pm on Feb. 8.

•  “Understanding Heart Failure and Treatment Options” education class from 10:30 to 11:30 am Feb. 6 with speakers Kim Parks, DO, and Mary Orencole, ANP, of the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, in the Yawkey Building, Room 2-330.

•  “Exercise for Heart Health” talk from noon to 1 pm Feb. 14 with speaker Molly Deisroth-Kim, MS, CES, from the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, at the Maxwell & Eleanor Blum Patient and Family Learning Center, located in White 110.

•  “Shared Decision Making: Coronary Heart Disease” video viewing from noon to 1 pm. Feb. 26 at the Maxwell & Eleanor Blum Patient and Family Learning Center, located in White 110. Cardiologist Doreen Defaria Yeh, MD,
will be available to respond to questions following the video.

Read more articles from the 02/01/13 Hotline issue.

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