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Heart Month—Lutheran Health Network Urges Everyone to Listen to Their Bodies and Commit to Becoming Healthier

Know Your Numbers for Heart Disease Prevention

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Monday, Feb. 3, 2014) – As a leader in cardiac care featuring a hospital with the region’s only heart transplant program, Lutheran Health Network has planned several opportunities for the public to learn about heart conditions and personal heart health. Maintaining optimum heart health plays a big role in enhancing quality of life, even for those who are never diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular disease includes high blood pressure, coronary heart disease (acute heart attack or chest pain caused by reduced blood supply to the heart muscle due to plaque buildup in arteries), stroke and heart failure.

Every year in the United States, about 715,000 people have a heart attack and nearly 600,000 die from heart disease. This accounts for one out of every four deaths nationally. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.1

LHN is encouraging everyone to be proactive by learning important heart-related numbers that collectively help determine one’s heart health.

“Heart month is a perfect time to assess your health and update vital numbers to see if habits, good and bad, need to be altered or just continued,” said Brian Bauer, CEO, Lutheran Health Network. “We want to make it easy for you to tap into the expertise available right here in northeastern Indiana.”

The important numbers to know for gauging heart health include:  blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, glucose level and ejection fraction for those with previous heart issues. Several opportunities to determine these numbers and to learn more valuable information have been scheduled by LHN throughout the month of February.

Upcoming physician presentations (free of charge):

Feb. 19 “Recognizing Heart Failure and Heart Services in Peru,” by Roderick Sawyer, MD, invasive cardiologist, Dukes Medical Group; Angela Brittsan, MD, PhD, internal and cardiovascular medicine, advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist, Lutheran Medical Group.

o Noon at First Christian Church Fire House, 12 N. Miami St., Peru, IN 46970
o Lunch will be provided. 15-minute Q & A session will follow.

Feb. 20 “Aortic Stenosis: Does Walking Up Stairs Feel Like Running Five Miles?” by Vijay Chilakamarri, MD, interventional cardiologist, Lutheran Medical Group

o 5 p.m. at Lutheran Hospital, 7950 W. Jefferson Blvd., Kachmann Auditorium

Feb. 26  “Atrial Fibrillation—New and Emergent Therapies,” by Rakesh Chawla, MD, cardiologist, St. Joseph Medical Group

o 11:30 a.m. at Lutheran Hospital, Special Function Rooms 3 and 4
o Free lunch by Miller’s Merry Manor for Senior Circle members; registration deadline is Feb. 21 by calling (260) 425-       3087.

Upcoming heart-related activities and screenings:

Cardiac risk assessments can be scheduled weekdays by calling (260) 435-7377. The cost is $49, and a physician referral is not needed.

Feb. 12   Senior Stretch class: Improve range of motion.

o 1 to 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Hospital, Senior Circle office, 800 Broadway, Medical Office Building, Suite100. The cost is $5 for Senior Circle members, $7 for nonmembers.

Feb. 13   Chem 30: Blood chemistry screening measures levels of sodium, potassium, glucose, uric acid, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and more.

o 8 to 9 a.m. at Dupont Hospital, 2520 E. Dupont Rd. The cost is $49. Preregistration required by calling (260) 425-3087.
o A 12-hour fast is also required. The testing has been made available to anyone during February though typically it is restricted to only Senior Circle members. Special for heart month is the addition of learning other important numbers including blood pressure and weight.

Feb. 20   Chem 30: Blood chemistry screening

o 9 to 10 a.m. at Lutheran Hospital, 7950 W. Jefferson Blvd. The cost is $49. Preregistration required by calling (260) 425-3087.
o A 12-hour fast is also required.

Feb. 25   Free blood pressure check

o 7:30 to 9 a.m. at St. Joseph Hospital, Senior Circle office, 800 Broadway, Medical Office Building, Suite 100

Feb. 25   Chem: Blood chemistry screening

o 7:30 to 9 a.m. at St. Joseph Hospital, Senior Circle office, 800 Broadway, Medical Office Building, Suite 100
o The cost is $49. Preregistration required by calling (260) 425-3087.
o A 12-hour fast is also required.

For more information about general and advanced cardiac services available within Lutheran Health Network, visit www.lutheranhealth.net. 

(1) Go AS, Mozaffarian D, Roger VL, Benjamin EJ, Berry JD, Borden WB, et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics—2013 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2013;127(1):e6-e245.


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