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Published on February 27, 2012

Health Experts Talk Women and Cardiovascular Disease

Free lecture kicked off 2012 Dine with the Docs series at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital

West Philadelphia (February 24, 2012): As part of National Heart Month, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital kicked off its annual Dine with the Docs series with a heart healthy theme on February 18. Cardiologist Dr. Stanley Berger, Vascular Surgeon Dr. John Fobia and Clinical Dietitian Michelle Brown joined forces to present as a panel on Women and Cardiovascular Disease.

More than 35 community members enjoyed the hour-long presentation that covered hypertension, heart disease risk factors, nutrition guidelines and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The panelists kept an ongoing dialogue with the attendees, answering questions throughout and after the presentation. Free blood pressure screenings were also offered.

The hospital’s heart and vascular program includes a comprehensive continuum of care from screenings and diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation. Mercy Philadelphia Hospital is also home to an advanced Vascular Center offering non-invasive surgical alternatives for conditions including irregular heartbeats (cardiac arrhythmia) and peripheral vascular disease.

A newly-designed Mercy Health System website also features a variety of heart health information including heart healthy recipes and step-by-step cooking videos for visitors to readily view and use. For more information, visit

Dine with the Docs is a monthly program for the community and includes a complimentary lunch and giveaways. The next session is scheduled for Saturday, March 17 with the topic Screening for Colon Cancer: What Everyone 45 and Older Should Know. For more information on Dine with the Docs, call Mercy Philadelphia Hospital's Community Outreach Center at 215.748.9600.


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