UR Medicine is holding a series of talks about ways to improve your heart health and health screenings throughout the month of February, which is American Heart Month.
“It’s important to understand how to minimize our chances of developing cardiovascular disease and how our lifestyle choices and family history impact our heart health,” said cardiologist Joseph Delehanty, M.D., who leads UR Medicine Heart and Vascular.
Most of the programs will be held at YMCA of Greater Rochester branches in the area. Participants will receive a free YMCA day pass and blood pressure screening. Talks are scheduled:
- 12 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6 – John Bisognano, M.D., Ph.D., will discuss “Hypertension and Heart Health,” and free screenings will be available from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m. at the Maplewood YMCA, 25 Driving Park Ave.
- 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7 – Hanna Mieszczanska, M.D., will address “Women’s Heart Health: What You Need to Know about Diet, Cholesterol and Blood Pressure,” and free screenings at UR Medicine Heart and Vascular office at Clinton Crossings Building G, 2400 S. Clinton Ave.
- 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13 – Christopher Montgomery, M.D., will address “Shake the Salt Habit: Why Your Blood Pressure Matters,” and free screenings will be available from 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m. at the Eastside Family YMCA, 835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road. There will also be an open house from 10 a.m. to noon at UR Medicine Heart and Vascular offices located in the Eastside YMCA.
- 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20 – 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 Westside YMCA, 920 Elmgrove Road.
- 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27 – Kathleen Raman, M.D., M.P.H., will address “Gender Differences: Why Women Should Focus on Their Heart Health,” and free screenings will be available from 10 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.