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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 11, 2006

Community Program To Focus On Heart Failure

Experts from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will discuss heart failure and its treatment options at a special community program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, located at 1220 First Ave. in Coralville.

Cardiologists John Chase, M.D., Barry Cabuay, M.D., and Brian Olshansky, M.D., and nurses Sara Vance and Traci Stewart will present "Living with Heart Failure-New Treatment Options and Tools for Success."

Part of the "Health For Your Lifetime" series, this free, public seminar will offer an overview about heart failure, new treatments available and the keys to being successful if you have the disease.

"The symptoms of heart failure can be deceptive," said Chase, who is with UI Heart Care's Heart Failure Treatment Program. "You might experience shortness of breath. Your ankles might swell. Or you might just feel tired. Regardless of how it occurs, a diagnosis of heart failure can feel devastating.

"But there is hope. Conventional therapy combined with new treatments can effectively manage this common chronic condition, which affects nearly five million Americans," Chase added.

Seminar discussion will include the following topics:

-- "Heart Failure Causes and Treatment." Receive an overview of the disease.

-- "Living with Heart Failure: The Physical Tools Necessary for Success." Learn how diet and exercise can help to control the disease.

-- "Don't Give Up...Open Up!" From joining a support group to speaking frankly with others, learn how to manage the disease mentally and emotionally.

-- "Accessing the System: Medicare Part D and Beyond." The expenses associated with managing a chronic illness can be worrisome. Learn about recent changes in Medicare.

-- "LVADs, Surgery and Heart Pumps...Oh, My!" The latest technology saves lives. Learn how it works and how it can help.

-- "Is it Time We Get in Sync? Fixing an Offbeat Heart Rhythm." Biventricular pacing and heart failure go hand-in-hand. Hear how a new generation of pacemakers is helping patients feel better, longer.

Participants are also invited to stay after the program for a light lunch and the opportunity to talk to physicians, nurses and heart failure patients.

Pre-registration for this program is encouraged. To register, or for more information, go to www.uihealthcare.com/classes, or call UI Health Access at 319-384-8442 or toll-free at 800-777-8442.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI 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 http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

CONTACTS: Media: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu; Program: Tom Walljasper, 319-384-7353, mailto:tom-walljasper@uiowa.edu.