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Heart Failure Awareness Week Public Education Event


For Immediate Release:
February 9, 2009

(LONDON, Ontario) – As February marks international “Heart Month,” a public education event will be held at London Health Sciences Centre on Wednesday, February 11 to offer valuable information to people living with heart failure.

“Although we are seeing rates of other heart diseases decreasing, heart failure cases are rising in the population,” says Dr. Malcolm Arnold, cardiologist at LHSC. “Heart failure has been the most common diagnosis in hospitals for patients over the age of 60.”

February 9 to 13 marks Heart Failure Awareness Week and heart failure specialists at the hospital will be taking the opportunity to share the latest information about how to manage the condition.

WHAT: Public information session on Heart Failure
WHEN: Wednesday February 11, 2009, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
WHERE: LHSC University Hospital, 3rd Floor, Auditorium A, B3-246
PRESENTERS: Dr. J. Malcolm O. Arnold, Heart Failure Specialist
Dr. Peter Pflugfelder, Heart Failure Specialist
Jan Hoffman, Nurse Practitioner
Nancy Howes, Physical Therapist
Jennifer-Anne Meneray, Dietitian

All media, please RSVP to this event

The purpose of this event is to help educate people on risk factors and the reality of living with heart failure. “We want people to understand what heart failure is, and what they can do to help themselves” says Dr. Arnold. “Things like exercise, decreased salt consumption, and new therapies, medications and devices are all ways to help someone with the condition continue living a healthy and active lifestyle.”

Research indicates an increasing need for heart failure awareness. Learning about the signs and symptoms of heart failure is the first step in protecting yourself from a condition that can seriously impact health and quality of life.

The public education event will be an interactive session, providing information about recognizing symptoms and warning signs of heart failure. The latest treatments and management options will also be discussed.

Heart healthy snacks and free parking vouchers will be available to participants.

Sidebar: Information on Heart Failure

Symptoms: fatigue, shortness of breath, decreased level of activity. It is important to recognize the risk of heart failure and discuss these symptoms with a doctor since many of the symptoms are similar to other conditions and not always correctly identified as heart failure.

Risk factors: high blood pressure, diabetes, previous heart attacks, smoking, heart valve disease, family history. As these risk factors become more common in the population, the rate of heart failure is increasing.

Treatments: Education to maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle and reduce risk factors. Medications to manage heart function and reduce further heart damage by reducing heart pressure and heart attacks.

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About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for over 130 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital and Children’s Hospital, two family medical centres, and Lawson Health Research Institute - a joint research initiative with St Joseph’s Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 30 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s 10,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca


For more information contact:

Kelly Almond
Corporate Communications and Public Relations
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 77129


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