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Cardiac Expert Offers Free Health Workshop on Feb. 27

Monday, February 19, 2007

A heart expert at the University of Rochester Medical Center will host a free community health event on Feb. 27 about controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels, part of a series of Always Better health workshops open to the public.

“Blood Pressure and Cholesterol: At What Age Should We Stop Checking and Treating?” will be presented by John Bisognano, M.D., Ph.D., from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Strong Memorial Hospital’s Whipple Auditorium, Room 2-6424.

Bisognano is an associate professor of Medicine, Cardiology Division, and medical director if the Strong Cardiac Rehabilitation Program of the Strong Heart and Vascular Center. He will review the current national guidelines for the treatment of high blood pressure and cholesterol.

Nearly 70 million Americans have high blood pressure. Many of them are over the age of 60. In fact, a 55-year-old American has a 90 percent chance of developing high blood pressure during their lifetime. Many of these people have abnormal cholesterol and diabetes, as well, further increasing their overall risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease and heart failure.

Successful treatment often involves intensive dietary modification, increase in activity, and medications that can be expensive and carry unwanted side effects. Bisognano will explore at what point the value of these treatments diminishes to the point where it is not worth pursuing. The potential benefits of aggressive treatment of high blood pressure and high cholesterol will be described in detail and guests will be encouraged to discuss their views on whether the potential benefits are worth the risk of side effects and the expense of treatment.

Bisognano’s presentation is part of the Always Better workshops, made possible through collaboration between the Medical Center and the University of Rochester Office of Special Programs. To register, please call (585) 275-2344. Free parking is available in the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry lot, off Elmwood Avenue near intersection of Kendrick Road.

Over the past three years, the Rochester Continuing Studies and Always Better programs have offered a broad range of courses, seminars, medical workshops and events designed to enhance and enrich the lives of people in the Rochester area, helping them to live life Always Better. This unique approach to education, encouraging participants to learn what they love by giving them freedom and flexibility, is at the core of the Always Better program. Classes are non-credit and participants can expect little to no homework, no tests, and no grades, allowing them to explore an area of interest without pressure. Most classes are discussion-based, encouraging participants with diverse life experiences and a strong desire to learn to share their views and opinions. For a complete listing of Always Better programs, please log on to

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