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Cardiac Expert Offers Free Workshop about Heart Failure on April 17

Event Part of the ‘Always Better’ Educational Series

Friday, March 23, 2007

So you or a loved one has had a heart attack. Maybe you’ve had angioplasty or heart bypass. Yet you’re still experiencing shortness of breath and fatigue. That is heart failure, a condition in which the heart can no longer pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. It is often debilitating and life-threatening, but there are new treatments available that can improve your quality of life.

“Heart Failure – Past, Present and Future” will be presented by George L. Hicks Jr., M.D., chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in Strong Memorial Hospital’s Adolph Auditorium, Room 1-7619. The free talk is part of a series of Always Better health workshops open to the public.

Hicks will discuss available options for patients living with heart failure, including new drugs being researched and highly advanced treatments such as heart pump technology being offered at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Hicks’ 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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