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UR Medicine Offers Screenings, Health Talk for American Heart Month

Jan. 27, 2015
Cardiologists to provide heart health tests at Marketplace Mall, talk at Strong West

UR Medicine cardiologists will encourage adults to “Love Your Heart” during American Heart Month and get free heart health checks on Tuesday, Feb. 10.  The team is also offering a health talk Monday, Feb. 23, in Brockport.

The Heart and Vascular team will provide free blood pressure and oxygenation screenings to help detect early signs of heart disease from noon to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Marketplace Mall. Doctors and nurses will demonstrate how to use an automated external defibrillator. (AED) in case of emergency.   Participants will get health tips and dark chocolate, which can lower blood pressure.

Two weeks later, cardiologist John Bisognano, M.D., Ph.D., will share information and answer questions about heart health at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at Strong West. Bisognano is a national expert in cardiac care and president-elect of the American Society of Hypertension. The discussion is part of a series of free health talks at UR Medicine’s Brockport facility.

John Bisognano, M.D., Ph.D.

Cardiovascular disease tops the list of the country's most serious health problems. People can reduce their risk by choosing a healthy diet, exercising, avoiding tobacco use and completing health check-ups.

According to the American Heart Association, about one-third of all Americans have some form of heart disease, including high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, heart failure, stroke and other conditions. By 2030, experts estimate 116 million people in the United States will have some form of cardiovascular disease.

UR Medicine has a long history of providing comprehensive expertise in all specialties of clinical cardiovascular medicine, with regional dominance in electrophysiology, heart failure, heart transplantation, vascular medicine, ventricular assist devices, aortic surgery and pediatric heart surgery. The University of Rochester Medical Center has nationally recognized research programs in vascular medicine, atrial fibrillation, ablation, hereditary arrhythmias and use of artificial hearts.