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Published on January 28, 2015

Palos Community Hospital offers
Special Programs for Heart Month 2015

In recognition of Heart Month, Palos Community Hospital will sponsor the following activities throughout the month of February to help individuals reduce their risk of heart disease.

William Spear, M.D.

Keeping Up with AFib - Class will be rescheduled due to weather

Atrial Fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disturbance, affecting more than 2.3 million people in the United States. It can lead to more frequent hospitalizations and an increased risk for stroke, heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest. In this presentation by Cardiac Electrophysiologist William Spear, M.D., learn more about the causes, symptoms and potential complications, as well as current treatment options available to help restore the heart’s rhythm. The free presentation will take place 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 2, at Palos Health & Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park. Register online now.

Take a Breather for Your Heart

Too much tension and stress can harm to the heart. With a little guidance and stress management, individuals can find an enlightened path to a better well-being. Amy Shanahan, a psychotherapist and addictions counselor with Palos Medical Group’s Behavioral Health team, will discuss how to let go of stress through simple breathing exercises and meditation to help calm the body and mind. The free presentation will take place 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 9, at Palos Health & Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park. Register online now.

Travel the Mediterranean for Heart Healthy Eats

Benefits of a heart-healthy diet have been shown to help with weight management and lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Recent research validates a diet based on Mediterranean principles – minimal red meat consumption, sugar and saturated fat, while high in produce, nuts and whole grains. Jan Dowell, a Palos Community Hospital registered dietitian, will explain how this healthier way of eating may help lower an individual’s risk of heart disease. The free presentation will take place 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 16, at Palos Community Hospital Auditorium, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights. Register online now.

Marlon Everett, M.D.

Heart Disease and You

Heart disease is the Number 1 killer in the United States. Some of the major risk factors – high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and smoking – can be managed through lifestyle changes and medication. Interventional Cardiologist Marlon Everett, M.D., will discuss how people can take control of their heart health, different warning signs between men and women, when to consult a physician and treatment options available to help stay on the right track to a healthier heart. The free presentation will take place 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 23, at Palos Community Hospital Auditorium, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights. Register online now.

Registration is required for each program listed above. To register, call (708) 226-2300 or register online by visiting the Classes & Events section of Palos Community Hospital’s website.