February is American Heart Month

Events & Classes

An Affair of the Heart: Go Red for Women 

Friday, Feb. 1* • 5:30-9 PM • $20 per person

Windham Hospital Atrium | 112 Mansfield Avenue | Willimantic

Windham_Women_Red_Heart_Web_01232018.jpgIt's "girls night out" with a purpose: raising awareness of women's heart health.

Enjoy integrative therapies, red wine tasting, speciality shopping, drawings, refreshments/light fare, and health screenings. Featuring Adventure Bound's Wild & Crazy Challenge Game Show. 

Tickets available at Hartford HealthCare Cardiology, A Cupcake for Later, The Auxiliary to Windham Hospital Gift Shop, and at the door. The first 75 people who purchase tickets receive an eco-friendly "Love Your Heart" shopper tote. Sponsored in part by the Auxiliary of Windham Hospital. 

For more information, call 1.855.HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373)

*Snow date: Saturday, Feb. 2, 1-4 PM


Westfarms Walk to Wellness

Tuesday, Feb. 5 • 8:30-9:30 am • FREE

Hartford HealthCare Wellness at Westfarms Rest and Relaxation Lounge | Lower Level (near Nordstrom) | Westfarms Mall 

Walk_To_Wellness_01232018.jpgLearn about about the structural heart, the importance of heart valve health, and heart valve treatments, including TAVR and mitral valve replacement. Featured speakers: Lauren Curtis, APRN-BC, and Kerry McGuire, APRN-BC, from the Hartford Hospital Catheterization Lab

Registration is required. Please call 1.855.HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373), or click here


Atrial Fibrillation: When Your Heart Stops Keeping the Beat

Wednesday, Feb. 6 • 5:30 pm - 7 pm • FREE

Hartford HealthCare | 1290 Silas Deane Highway, Room 103 | Wethersfield

Zweibel, Steven-06.jpgThe heart is a complicated part of the body, complete wth its own electrical system. When that electrical system short circuits, it can cause a flutter in your chest. Healthy hearts go right back into normal rhythm. But if normal rhythm doesn't come right back, it can cause all sorts of health problems. Electrophysiolgist Dr. Steven Zweibel answers your questions on diagnosing and treating atrial fibrilllation at this FREE community education session. 

Registration is required. Please call 1.855.HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373), or click here


Hypertension and Cholesterol: What You Need to Know

Monday, Feb. 11 • 4:30 pm - 6 pm • FREE

Rana_Gaurav-03.jpgHartford HealthCare Health Center | 100 Hazard Avenue - Community Room | Enfield

Join cardiologist Dr. Gaurav Rana to learn more about the causes of hypertension (high blood pressure), the connection between hypertension and cholesterol, and treatments in the event one - or both - are out of range. 

Registration is required. Please call 860.749.1985.


Cardiology Considerations in Treating Prostate Cancer

Tuesday, Feb. 12 • 6:30 pm - 8 pm • FREE

Hartford Hospital ERC Informal Lounge | 560 Hudson Street | Hartford

Prostate cancer treatment may increase the risk of cardiac issues. That's why cardiologists play an important role in managing patients with prostate cancer. Learn more at this free community education event led by cardiologist Dr. Kevin Dougherty

Registration is required. Please call 1.855.HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373), or click here


Leg Pain? It Might Be Peripheral Artery Disease

Saturday, Feb. 23 • 9 am - 12 noon • FREE

Hartford HealthCare Medical Arts Building/HOCC Cancer Center | 201 North Mountain Road | Plainville

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If you are experiencing painful muscle cramping in your hips, thighs, or calves when walking, climbing stairs or exercising, you may have peripheral artery disease (PAD). Individuals with PAD have a higher risk for heart disease or stroke. But PAD is manageable if found early. 

Join us for FREE PAD screenings - a simple, five-minute test c
ompares the blood pressure in the leg to the blood pressure in the arm and takes about 5 minutes. On site consultations with Dr. Mary H. Windels are also being held

Appointments are required. Please call 1.855.HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373). 


Heart Valve Disease: Signs, Symptoms and Treatments

Kiernan_Francis-03.jpgWednesday, Feb. 27 • 5:30 pm - 7 pm • FREE

Hartford HealthCare | 1290 Silas Deane Highway, Room 103 | Wethersfield

Join board-certified interventional cardiologist Dr. Francis Kiernan to learn more about heart valve disease and its treatments, including Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and MitraClip. 

Registration is required. Please call 1.855.HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373), or click here


Support Group

WomenHeart of Central Connecticut Support Network 

Wednesday, Feb. 20 • 4:45 to 6 pm • FREE

Bradley Memorial Campus | Conference Room A | 81 Meriden Avenue | Southington

The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is the nation’s only patient-centered organization serving the 42 million American women living with or at risk for heart disease and is dedicated to women’s heart health through patient support, education and advocacy.

Refreshments will be served. For more information or to register, please email Pat.srenaski@hhchealth.org.


Observances

Little Hats, Big Hearts

Throughout February 2019

Little_Hats_Big_Hearts_b_2016.jpgHartford HealthCare is partnering with the American Heart Association for the Little Hats, Big Hearts program to raise awareness about congenital heart defects. 

During American Heart Month - February 2019 - babies born at our hospitals will receive a hand-made red hat. Families will receive heart health information. 

Congenital heart defects are structural problems with the heart that are present at birth. They are the most common type of birth defect in the U. S. 


National Wear Red Day

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On the first Friday of each February, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Heart Association encourage people to wear red to bring attention to the problem of heart disease in women. 

Wear red to show your support of heart health - especially women's heart health. 


Cardiac Rehabilitation Week

Sunday, Feb. 10 • Saturday, Feb. 16

Cardiac Rehabilitation Week focuses national attention on this program's contribution to the improvement of the health and physical performance of individuals at risk for heart disease and/or those individuals diagnosed with heart disease or dysfunction.

It truly is exercise that benefits the heart, as patient John Myer can attest: 

 

 


Fun Facts About the Human Heart