UR Medicine is observing American Heart Month by holding a series of community talks about ways to improve your heart health and health screenings throughout the month of February.
“It’s important to understand the many ways our lifestyle choices and family history contribute to our heart health, and what we can do to minimize our chances of developing cardiovascular disease,” said Cardiologist Joseph Delehanty, M.D., who leads UR Medicine Heart and Vascular.
The programs focus on differences in heart health for men and women, hypertension and the benefits of exercise on cardiovascular health and participants can get free blood pressure screenings:
- 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7 – Christopher Montgomery, M.D., will address “Shake the Salt Habit: Why Your Blood Pressure Matters,” and free screenings from 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m. at the Maplewood YMCA, 25 Driving Park Ave.
- 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8 – Rebecca Schallek, M.D., will address “Know Your Numbers: What You Should Know About Heart Disease,” and free screenings at The German House, 315 Gregory St.
- 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 15 – Erica Miller, M.D., will discuss “Gender Differences: What Women Need To Know About Their Heart Health,” and free screenings from 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m. at the Westside YMCA, 920 Elmgrove Road.
- 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 – Schallek will also address “Gender Differences: What Women Need To Know About Their Heart Health,” and free screenings from 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m. at the Eastside YMCA, 835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road.
- 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27 – Andrew Mathias, M.D., will discuss “Pump It Up! Exercise And Your Heart,” and free screenings from 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m. at the Northwest/Greece YMCA, 730 Long Pond Road.
UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital is the region’s leader in heart care, according to U.S. News and World Report 2017-18 Best Hospitals. It is also home to Upstate New York’s only comprehensive heart failure and transplantation service.