Heart health free events, screenings planned

Emory Report | Feb. 11, 2014

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February is American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; claiming the lives of more than 600,000 Americans each year.

Two public Heart Health events, an online web chat and mobile screenings will feature an array of information about heart disease during February’s American Heart Month. The events celebrate the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement.

Why it's important

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, claiming the lives of more than 600,000 Americans each year. Preventing, detecting and treating it are key.

The two public events will feature nutrition consultations, food and promotional vendors, and screenings for body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure. Participants will have an opportunity to meet Emory Women’s Heart Center physicians and staff and learn more about how to prevent, detect and treat heart disease.

Also at each event, Emory Women’s Heart Center physician Alexis Cutchins will present "How to Prevent, Detect and Treat Heart Disease in Women."

The first event is Friday, Feb. 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

The second is Friday, Feb. 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium of Emory University Hospital.

To learn more or to register for a women’s heart health event, call Emory HealthConnection at 404-778-7777.

Web chat

Emory Healthcare cardiac surgeons Douglas Murphy and Michael Halkos will host a web chat on Tuesday, Feb. 25 from noon to 1 p.m. about mitral valve disease. They will be available to answer questions about mitral valve disease, mitral valve regurgitation and treatment possibilities, including the option of minimally invasive robotic surgery.

Register for the web chat.

Mobile heart screenings

Emory Healthcare and HealthFair have teamed up to provide cardiovascular screenings to individuals and communities in the Atlanta area throughout the month of February and beyond. HealthFair is a national testing provider that brings health testing to community neighborhoods via mobile screening buses.

Screening plans are tailored to the needs of the participant and all tests are read and evaluated by Emory Healthcare physicians.

For information about screening packages, go visit Emory Healthcare.