Porter Regional Hospital Celebrates American Heart Month During February 2015

Flag-RaisingTo increase awareness during American Heart Month, Porter Regional Hospital will present a series of heart-healthy programs to help educate the community on the prevention and treatment of heart disease – the leading cause of death of both men and women according to the American Heart Association.

The programs are free and will be held in the Community Room at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 East US Highway 6 in Valparaiso. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 1-800-541-1861.

PAD is Bad
It is estimated that by the age of 65, up to 20% of the population will have peripheral artery disease (PAD), a circulatory problem in which there is partial or total blockage of an artery in a leg, arm or torso. Join Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Sandeep Sehgal to learn more about how PAD is diagnosed and the best treatment options. The event will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11.

How Clogged Are Your Arteries?
Coronary artery disease, also known as hardening of the arteries, is a result of plaque buildup in your arteries, which blocks blood flow to your heart and heightens the risk for heart attack and stroke. Clogged arteries often develop over decades and can go virtually unnoticed until you have a heart attack. Cardiologist Dr. Akram Kholoki will discuss the symptoms and treatment of blocked arteries and when interventions may be necessary. The event will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Out of Rhythm: The Dangers of an Irregular Heartbeat
A heart rhythm disorder, known as an arrhythmia, is characterized by an abnormal heart beat — too fast, too slow or uneven. Porter provides comprehensive arrhythmia treatment, from lifestyle-modification assistance to highly complex surgical treatment. Join Electrophysiologist Dr. Mark Dixon to learn how arrhythmias are diagnosed and the range of treatment options available. The event will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Get Heart Smart
Heart disease may be the leading cause of death; but the fact is, it is largely preventable because so many factors are in your control. Studies show that if you choose to take charge of your health and adopt a healthy lifestyle, you can dramatically reduce your risks of heart disease. Join Cardiologist Dr. Jay Shah to learn ways to prevent heart problems and improve your heart health today and into the future. The event will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 5.

Porter Health Care System has two hospital campuses and seven outpatient facilities serving Porter, Lake, LaPorte, Starke, Newton, Marshall and Jasper counties. With more than 350 physicians representing 50 medical specialties on the medical staff, Porter Health Care System is committed to medical excellence and personalized, patient-centered care.