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CONTACT: TOM MOORE
Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 356-3945
e-mail: thomas-moore@uiowa.edu

Release: Nov. 27, 2002

NOTE TO EDITORS: To attend the CHAMPS open house event, take Elevator E to the sixth level of the Roy Carver Pavilion and enter Room 6066. CHAMPS patients will be available for interviews at 1 p.m. For assistance in covering this event, contact Tom Moore at (319) 356-3945.

Iowa CHAMPS to host open house Dec. 5

The Cardiovascular Health, Assessment, Management and Prevention Service (CHAMPS) at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will host an open house event in its new location in the Roy Carver Pavilion from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.

CHAMPS offers several cardiovascular health programs designed for people who have experienced serious heart problems such as a heart attack, chest pain, peripheral vascular disease or treatment such as a cardiac bypass surgery, balloon angioplasty, stent placement, atherectomy or laser procedure. Cardiac rehabilitation programs are designed to limit the physiological and psychological effects of cardiac illness; reduce the risk for sudden death or relapse; control cardiac symptoms; stabilize and/or improve the patient's condition; and enhance a patient's quality of life.

Iowa CHAMPS began in 1990 and currently treats more than 1,000 patients annually in its inpatient and outpatient services from its location in UI Hospitals and Clinics. Its prevention program is open to anyone interested in reducing the risk for heart disease. For more information, call (319) 356-4652 or (319) 353-8387, or visit CHAMPS online at http://www.uihealthcare.com/depts/champs/index.html.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.