Emory hosts public awareness events in observance of American Heart Month

Woodruff Health Sciences Center | Feb. 4, 2014

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Jennifer Johnson McEwen
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jennifer.johnson@emory.edu

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February is American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, claiming the lives of more than 600,000 Americans each year.  Emory Healthcare is inviting people to participate in several heart-related activities during February's American Heart Month to help raise awareness surrounding this common disease.

Go Red for Women educational events

In celebration of the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement, Emory will host free public events at both Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

These fun, educational events will feature nutrition consultations, food and promotional vendors, as well as body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure screenings for attendees. 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.

Location: Emory University Hospital Midtown, 550 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta, GA 30308
Date: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
Program: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Heart Health event in the hospital's atrium
12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. — How to Prevent, Detect and Treat Heart Disease in Women, a presentation by Emory Women's Heart Center physician Alexis Cutchins, MD

Location: Emory University Hospital, 1364 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
Date: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
Program: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Heart Health event in the hospital's atrium
12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. — How to Prevent, Detect and Treat Heart Disease in Women, a presentation by Emory Women's Heart Center physician Alexis Cutchins, MD

To learn more or to register for a women's heart health event, please call Emory HealthConnection℠ at 404-778-7777. The events are free and parking will be available in the hospitals' main parking lots. Nurses who attend the talk at either event will be offered 0.5 Contact Hours.

On-line Web Chats

Emory Healthcare is hosting two heart-related web chats during the month of February to discuss mitral valve disease and heart disease among women. Emory physicians participate in these chats on a regular basis, connecting live on the Web with members of the community who join to ask questions and learn more about important health issues.

Heart Disease Among Women – Emory Healthcare cardiologist Alexis Cutchins, MD, will host the first web chat on Feb. 11 from 12-1 p.m. EST. She will answer questions and seek to educate participants on heart disease risk factors, symptoms, prevention and treatments for women.

Mitral Valve Disease - The second chat, scheduled for Feb. 25 from 12-1 p.m. EST, will be hosted by cardiac surgeons Douglas Murphy, MD and Michael Halkos, MD. 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.

Please visit the following link to register for the web chats: http://www.emoryhealthcare.org/doctor-chats/upcoming-chats.html

Mobile heart screenings

In partnership with HealthFair, Emory Healthcare is providing 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 convenient and affordable health testing to community neighborhoods via its mobile screening buses.

Screening plans are tailored to the needs of the participant and all tests are read and evaluated by Emory Healthcare physicians. This collaboration provides metro Atlanta communities with greater access to important screening services and to Emory Healthcare's expert physicians and providers.

Please visit the link below for information about screening packages and to find a screening location near you: www.emoryhealthcare.org/screening