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Florida Medical Center Celebrates Heart Month

Mar 12, 2018

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (February, 2016) – Florida Medical Center is hosting a month-long series of events, lectures and health fairs to commemorate Heart Month in February. Employees and physicians at the hospital, which is a member of the Tenet Florida Heart and Vascular Network, will participate in these activities as part of their ongoing commitment to strengthen heart health in the community.

“Taking part in Heart Month and ‘Wear Red Day’ (Feb. 5) gives us the opportunity to spotlight heart disease and educate the community on the technologies and specialized services available to them at our hospital,” said Trey Abshier, CEO at Florida Medical Center. “As part of this commitment, we recently expanded our cardiac services to include the Arctic Front Advance Cryoballoon System and other resources to help better address the community’s heart health needs.”

Florida Medical Center’s activities for Heart Month include:

  • Feb 20th from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Health Fair at the Emergency Care Center in Davie) – Community members are invited to take advantage of the various health resources available at Florida Medical Center, including complimentary health screenings, and learn more about the services offered at the hospital’s freestanding Emergency Center, located at 10230 West State Road 84-Davie.
  • Feb. 23rd (by appointment only) Heart health screenings at Florida Medical Center
  • Feb 23rd from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (Heart Disease Lecture) – Dr. Juan Velasquez, interventional cardiologist, will discuss warning signs, causes and available treatment options for heart disease. He will also address questions guests may have regarding heart health.
  • Feb 29th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Advances in Interventional Cardiology) – Dr. Mohammed Osman, interventional cardiologist, will deliver an informative lecture on the latest technology available to treat a wide range of cardiac conditions and treatment options at Florida Medical Center.

The facts surrounding heart disease in the United States are clear. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for American men and women, killing about 600,000 people every year. High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. About half of Americans have at least one of these three risk factors.

It is important to know the warning signs of a heart attack in order to prevent severe damage to the heart or even death. Some of the major warning signs include chest pain or discomfort; upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or upper stomach; shortness of breath; and nausea, lightheadedness, or cold sweats.

If you are interested in registering for any of the above events, please call 1-866-498-LIFE (5433). Florida Medical Center also offers heart health screenings (by appointment only). For more information about the Tenet Florida Heart and Vascular Network, go to TenetHeart.com. To learn more about the Heart Institute of Florida at Florida Medical Center, visit www.floridamedctr.com/our-services/heart-vascular or call (954) 735-6000.

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