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Release: Jan. 28, 2003

Community Invited To Heart Health Seminars

Area residents are invited to take charge of their health during American Heart Month by attending a three-part heart health series on topics ranging from low fat cooking to heart failure.

Sponsored by University of Iowa Health Care during American Heart Month, all three of these free programs will be held at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, 1220 First Ave. in Coralville, and will start at 6:30 p.m.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States. But there is much that can be done to prevent and treat heart disease. Learn more as UI Heart Care experts present the following programs:

* "Wow! That's Low Fat Cooking?" Tuesday, Feb. 11.
What's the difference between canola oil and sunflower oil? Can tofu really taste good? Are fat grams and calories related? Join dietitian Denise Schiller, RD, from UI Heart Care's CHAMPS, a heart disease prevention and rehabilitation program. Gain an overview of low-fat cooking, and learn how to cook two low-fat meals.

* "Vascular Disease: The Disease, The Treatment, The Prevention," Monday, Feb. 17.
Frequently associated with a stroke or heart attack, Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) affects 8 million Americans and is caused by a decreased blood flow to the arteries of the legs. Sometimes the disease starts with such simple signs as pain while walking, sores on the feet that are slow to heal, coldness or tingling in the feet or hair loss among others. Join interventional cardiologist Theresa Brennan, M.D., vascular surgeon Jamal Hoballah, M.D., and interventional radiologist Patricia Thorpe, M.D., as they explain the disease, the latest treatments and what you can do to prevent it.

* "Heart Failure-When The Blood Pump Falters," Thursday, Feb. 20.
An estimated 15 to 20 million Americans are expected to develop congestive heart failure, when the heart muscle tires and can't pump blood effectively in the next five years. The symptoms are easily missed - swelling of the hands or feet, losing your appetite, becoming dizzy especially with exertion. Learn more about this disease, its treatment and what you can do now to prevent it in the future from UI Heart Care heart failure expert Bill Haynos, M.D.

These heart health programs are part of the Health For Your Lifetime series sponsored by UI Health Care. To register for any or all of these programs, please call 384-8442 or toll-free at 1-800-777-8442.

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