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New York Hospital Queens Marks Healthy Heart Month with Free Educational Programs, Screenings and Events

Healthy hearts are a special issue in Queens, where death rate from heart disease is higher than national average 
Flushing, New York, January 30, 2009- February is Healthy Heart Month across the U.S., and the event should be especially significant in Queens, where heart disease is the number one killer and death rates from heart disease are higher than the national average.

To help borough residents learn more about their own risk factors, how to prevent heart attacks and treat heart disease, the Heart and Vascular Center of New York Hospital Queens is sponsoring a month-long series of free, public presentations, screenings, demonstrations and symposiums at locations throughout Queens.

“We are committed to helping make Queens a ‘heart healthy’ community,” said John D. Enright, vice president of Cardiac Services, “and so our physicians, nurses and rehab therapists will be out in the community throughout February, to promote awareness, share information, and help residents know their risk factors so they can take steps to avoid heart disease.”

The highlight of the month will be a symposium from 10 to noon on Wednesday Feb. 25, at the hospital’s Lang Auditorium. State Assemblywoman Grace Meng will welcome the attendees, and eight cardiologists and a patient advocate who survived a heart attack will do presentations on topics ranging from recognizing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, to optimizing your heart health. There will be demonstrations, displays, and an opportunity for women to talk with three women cardiologists about the special heart disease risks that women face. Information about reservations is available at www.nyhq.org.

Other events will include presentations by cardiologists and cardiology staff at the Flushing Library (Feb. 4) , the Elmhurst Library (Feb. 20) , and the Bayside Library (Feb. 27), as well as screenings and personalized cardiovascular disease risk assessments at the “Keep It In Queens” Health Fair on Feb. 5 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at the Flushing YMCA. Cardiologists Charu Sharma, M. D., and Simbo Chiadika, M. D., will be present to talk to women about their special risks for heart disease.

During the week of Feb. 9-13, the NYHQ Cardiac Health Center (174-03 Horace Harding Expressway in Fresh Meadows) will have special events every day, including BMI (body fat) testing, Tai Chi demonstrations, healthy heart screenings, personalized risk assessments, and presentations on women and heart disease, heart medications and preventing heart disease through healthy nutrition and activity. On Feb. 23, the Center will also host an informational meeting for people interested in weight management and exercise programs.

All of the presentations, screenings and special programs are free and open to the public, although reservations are needed for some events. Detailed calendar of events and information about reservations and locations are available at www.nyhq.org or call (800) 282-6684.

Heart and Vascular Center leaders will also be meeting with civic and business groups in the community during the month, to emphasize the importance of risk factor identification and heart disease prevention.

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New York Hospital Queens made the commitment to bring specialized heart and vascular care to this borough more than ten years ago, and today the Heart and Vascular Center is one of the most sophisticated centers in the Tri-State area.

A member of the NewYork-Prebyterian Healthcare System and affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University, the Heart and Vascular Center is a regional leader in offering the full spectrum of heart care, from diagnosis to medical and surgical treatment, to prevention and rehabilitation services.

New York Hospital Queens cardiologists are involved in clinical research on an ongoing basis, with clinical trials of new treatments, devices and drugs that can help patients with heart disease. The Center provides medical education for residents, fellows and practicing physicians throughout the area, as well as sponsoring an active community education program for organizations and employers. A comprehensive Heart and Vascular Center facility will open next fall, in the new wing currently under construction at the hospital. This will bring together all of our cardiovascular services into one convenient, comprehensive setting where cardiologists and surgeons, nurses and therapists will work side by side to optimize patient care and service.

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