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Helping Hearts Beat Stronger Through Education

February 02, 2012


Tallahassee, FL – February is American Heart Month, an important time to shine a light on heart disease, the number one killer of men and women in the U.S. Capital Regional Medical Center is hosting free health seminars with their leading cardiovascular disease experts and offering health screenings, all in the name of patient education.

“Many heart disease risk factors can be controlled, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which means that knowledge is key to prevention,” says Dr. Niraj Pandit, cardiologist with Capital Regional Cardiology Associates and one of the seminar presenters.

Heart disease takes more lives than the next five causes of death (including all types of cancer) combined. However, women are disproportionately affected by heart disease. More than half of deaths due to heart disease each year are women. Because cardiovascular disease affects women differently, medical professionals are focusing on changing their treatment and diagnosis of heart disease to be sensitive to these differences. In order to ensure this focus is in place and emphasized here in Tallahassee, Capital Regional recently joined HeartCaring, a national network of hospitals committed to providing gender-sensitive diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

“While we’ve known for some time that heart disease is the leading cause of death of women in this country, it’s only recently that we’ve begun to understand what we can do to better prevent and treat cardiovascular disease in women,” says Dr. Carey Dellock, internal medicine physician with Capital Regional Medical Group. “We joined HeartCaring because we believe it will bring our physicians and patients together and help women take action to reduce their personal risks for cardiovascular disease. Women can schedule a HeartCaring assessment with any of the physicians at Capital Regional Medical Group by calling (850) 325-3627. ”

More than 80 million people in the U.S. are living with a form of cardiovascular disease. Early diagnosis and proper treatment are crucial to ensuring good health.

“Even patients who have been diagnosed with some type of cardiovascular disease can live an active, healthy lifestyle,” says Dr. Afolabi Sangosanya, cardiologist with Capital Regional Cardiology Associates. “It’s our mission to offer education that can help prevent, or help people learn to live, with heart disease.”

Capital Regional is hosting multiple seminars to help community members lessen their risk of heart disease. Each free seminar offers the opportunity for health screenings, including blood pressure and BMI, and will include complimentary valet parking and heart-healthy appetizers. The seminar schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, February 15 – “Does Your Heart Skip a Beat?” with Dr. Afolabi Sangosanya
  • Wednesday, February 22 – “Women and Heart Health” with Dr. Carey Dellock
  • Wednesday, February 29 - Peripheral Vascular Disease, Dr. Pandit

All seminars will take place in the first floor conference room at Capital Regional Medical Center. Free valet parking is available and refreshments will be provided. To register for any of these free events, call 325-3627.