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Activities to kick off ‘Heart Month’

LEWISTON – Mount St. Mary’s Hospital will kick offHeart Month” with its annual Lipid Panel Screening next Sunday and continue with a series of events throughout the month, culminating with a special educational presentation Feb. 25.

Activities will begin with the lipid panel screening from 6 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the North Lobby of the hospital at 5300 Military Road. The tests will be conducted by the hospital and will cover cholesterol, triglyceride, HDL and LDL, with results mailed directly to participants’ homes. More than 400 people participated last year. Dr. Benjamin Rueda, a cardiologist, will speak on “Heart Risk Factors and Who Should Be Treated” from 8 and 10 a.m., while Dr. LuJean Jennings, a cardiothoracic surgeon, discusses “Implantable Cardiac Devices for the Rich, the Famous and the Rest of Us” at 9.

A complimentary breakfast will be served throughout the morning. There will be several stations for testing, and no reservations will be taken. Those planning to take the test are reminded that it is a fasting test, so they should not eat that morning prior to the test.

The cardiology department will feature a series of displays Feb. 10-13 in the hospital’s main lobby providing information on heart health, diabetes, nutrition, stroke and physical rehabilitation. They are available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A “Taking Charge of Diabetes” program is slated from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 11-13, presented by Debra Hoffman, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, in Room 249. Call 298-2297 to register.

The cardiology and other departments will conduct a mini-health fair in the lower level of the Gallagher Center on the Niagara University campus from 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 20.

Events conclude Feb. 25 with a presentation titled “Are Vitamins Good for Your Health?” by Rueda. The session will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in Room 249.

For information on events, call 298-2145.

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