Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States—2,200 deaths each day (Centers for Disease Control). February is American Heart Month, and Mercy Medical Center – Dubuque is planning events throughout the entire month to bring awareness to the prevalence and prevention of heart disease. Mercy invites the community to join them:
National Wear Red Day Wear red on National Wear Red day to stand with women in the fight against their number-one killer: heart disease. Because when all of us Go Red – men and women – we get closer to the goal of raising awareness and saving lives. Friday, February 1
Mercy Quit Smoking Program You can stop smoking or using smokeless tobacco with the help of a Mayo Clinic-certified tobacco treatment specialist. Attend this FREE, no-obligation introductory class and decide if a group or individual program is right for you. Wednesday, February 13, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Mercy Conference Room 1F 250 Mercy Drive, Dubuque Should you decide to join the program, the fee is $200. Registration is required at http://www.mercydubuque.com/events or 563-589-9600.
KAT FM Live Broadcast Tune in to 92.9 KAT FM and hear interviews with our community’s leading heart experts as they broadcast live from Mercy’s cafeteria. Listen for on-air prize giveaways, or stop by the cafeteria to pick up heart healthy information. Thursday, February 14, 5:30 – 9 a.m. Live from the Mercy cafeteria 250 Mercy Drive, Dubuque
Heart Failure: What You Need to Know Congestive heart failure occurs when your heart can’t keep up with its workload. There’s not a cure for heart failure, but you can manage the symptoms. Better yet, you can prevent it. Attend the class to learn more about congestive heart failure. Presented by Mercy Cardiology Nurse Practitioner Connie Wessels, ARNP. Tuesday, February 19, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Mercy Sixth Floor Boardroom 250 Mercy Drive, Dubuque No fee. Registration required at http://www.mercydubuque.com/events or 563-589-9600.
Eat Smart for Your Heart Good nutrition is essential for your heart health. Learn how simple changes and smart choices can add up to big rewards for your heart and overall health. Presented by Mercy Dietitian Keri Schwenker, RD, LD. Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Mercy Sixth Floor Auditorium 250 Mercy Drive, Dubuque No fee. Registration is required at http://www.mercydubuque.com/events or 563-589-9600.
Atrial Fibrillation and Blood Thinners Even a slightly irregular heartbeat can cause blood to pool and clot, which could lead to a stroke. Learn about atrial fibrillation symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options, including rate and rhythm control, electrophysiology procedures, and the use of blood thinner to prevent clots. Presented by Julie Ehlinger, MSN, ARNP, Medical Associates Clinic Cardiology Department. Tuesday, February 26, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Mercy Sixth Floor Auditorium 250 Mercy Drive, Dubuque No fee. Registration is required at http://www.mercydubuque.com/events or 563-589-9600.
Mercy Red Dress Breakfast This much-loved event to raise awareness of heart disease in women is back! Join us for a memorable morning as comedian Tracey Conway shares her story of collapsing in cardiac arrest while she performed in front of a live audience. Tracey promises it will do your heart and your funny bone good. Ladies, remember to wear your red dress! Wednesday, February 27, doors open at 7 a.m.; breakfast served at 7:30 a.m. The event will conclude at 9 a.m. Grand River Center 500 Bell Street, Port of Dubuque Tickets are $25. Registration is required at http://www.mercydubuque.com/events or 563-589-9600.
Getting to the Heart of the Matter Cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading killer in the U.S. Learn about the risks associated with cardiovascular disease and the importance of achieving target numbers for reducing heart risk. Presented by Medical Associates Clinic Cardiologist Karin Loukinen, MD, and Mercy Cardiology Nurse Practitioner Jan Geertsema, ARNP. Thursday, February 28, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Mercy Sixth Floor Auditorium 250 Mercy Drive, Dubuque No fee. Registration required at http://www.mercydubuque.com/events or 563-589-9600.