Celebrate American Heart Month with Free Heart Health Programs

Heart disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. and is responsible for more than one third of all deaths in Wisconsin.  During American Heart Month, we urge you to take steps toward actively protecting your heart by participating in our free heart health programs.

“Improving our community’s heart health is of enormous importance to Meriter, and to Wisconsin,” says John Moses, MD, division chief of cardiovascular services, Meriter Heart & Vascular. “We have a serious epidemic of heart disease here. The latest research shows Wisconsin smokes too much and we don’t exercise enough—putting us at much greater risk for a cardiac event.*  As one of Madison’s health care leaders, we know that good health education, assessments and support in taking a few simple steps in the right direction will go a long way toward reducing our community’s risk factors.”

Get started by registering for one of our events. Visit www.meriterheart.com to register. All seminars include free heart wellness screenings and clinic tours.

February 9: Cholesterol & Heart Disease Seminar
Board-certified Internist and Lipidologist Sanford Carimi, MD, will review ways to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Meriter Monona Clinic, 6408 Copps Avenue, Monona

February 16: Heart Healthy Families Seminar
Internal Medicine and Pediatric physicians Jennifer Winter, MD, and Jocelin Reatiraza, MD, will share tips for living a heart healthy life—bring the whole family! Meriter DeForest-Windsor, 4200 Savannah Drive, DeForest

February 23: Diabetes and Heart Disease Seminar
Did you know people with diabetes have a higher risk of having a heart attack? The Meriter Diabetes Care Team, including Endocrinologists Deborah Wubben, MD, and Simone Glinberg, MD, will discuss the link between diabetes and heart disease and recommend steps to reduce risk. Meriter McKee, 3102 Meriter Way, Madison

February 28: Women and Heart Disease Seminar
It doesn’t just affect husbands and fathers—one in every three female deaths in the U.S. is due to cardiovascular disease.  Jane Nelson Worel, APNP, will explore signs, symptoms and how to protect the female heart. Meriter Wellness Center, 2501 W. Beltline Hwy., Madison

Grocery Store Tours: fill your cart with healthful and delicious choices, guided by Meriter registered dietitians. They’ll tell you what food labels really mean, and how to stop dieting and make healthful eating a natural part of your life. For tour times and to register, visit www.meriterheart.com.

Saturday, February 18 at Fresh Madison Market
Friday, February 24 at Copps Food Center in Monona
Monday, February 27 at Copps Food Center in Fitchburg

Additional Programs and Information about Heart Health
Meriter Women’s HeartCare Program, specially designed for the female heart—by women, for women. We’ll work with you to develop an individual, comprehensive plan for lifestyle changes that will reduce your personal risk for heart disease. Schedule an appointment for a heart health risk assessment at 608.417.6447.

Know Your Risk
Take Meriter’s quick online assessment to learn your risk factors for coronary artery disease, and ways to lower them. Find it at www.meriterheart.com.

Learn the Symptoms of Heart Attack and Stroke

  • Chest pain, pressure, squeezing or fullness
  • Shortness of breath, sweating, nausea or lightheadedness with or without chest pain
  • Discomfort in arms, back, jaw, neck or stomach with or without chest pain
  • Dizziness and extreme fatigue
  • Feelings of anxiety or “impending doom”
  • Although a woman’s most common symptom is chest discomfort, women are also likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

Free pocket cards available at www.meriterheart.com.

*One in five Wisconsin adults smoke, and only 57 percent of Wisconsin residents exercise the recommended 30 minutes daily, according to the Wisconsin Heart Disease and Stroke Surveillance Summary, 2007

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