Mercy Philadelphia Hospital to Host Special Heart Healthy Edition of Dine with the Docs
February 18th session to focus on Women and Cardiovascular Disease
West Philadelphia (February 14, 2012): Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, a member of Mercy Health System, will host a free Dine with the Docs session focused on Women and Cardiovascular Disease during February’s American Heart Month. The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 18 at 11:00 a.m. in the hospital’s cafeteria, located at 501 South 54th Street.
Cardiologist Dr. Stanley Berger, Vascular Surgeon Dr. John Fobia and Nutritionist Michelle Brown will present at the session, featuring free blood pressure screenings, a complimentary lunch and giveaways.
Registration is preferred, and individuals can register for Dine with the Docs via www.mercyheartcare.org/hearttalk or by calling 1.877.GO.MERCY (466.3729). 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.
Heart disease, including stroke, remains the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States, killing an estimated 630,000 each year. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, heart disease is the leading cause of death throughout the state, with stroke the third leading cause of death and the third leading cause of disability.
Diabetes, cigarette smoking, family history, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, inactivity and obesity are all risk factors associated with heart disease. The American Heart Association’s Heart Month is an opportunity to join together to educate on the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and raise awareness on these risk factors and preventative measures.