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Lewiston hospital plans events for Heart Month

LEWISTON – Mount St. Mary’s Hospital will kick off Heart Month Feb. 8 with its annual lipid panel screening program, and will continue with a series of events throughout the month.

Activities will be held from 6 to 10:30 a.m. next Sunday in the north lobby of the hospital, at 5300 Military Road.

The hospital’s free lipid panel screenings will cover cholesterol, triglyceride, HDL and LDL, with results mailed directly to the home of the individual tested. 

More than 300 people took part in last year’s free screenings at the hospital.

Other activities that morning will include educational programs offered by cardiologist Dr. Zina Hajduczok at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. 

In addition, certified diabetes educator Debra Hoffman also will provide diabetes and nutrition information throughout the morning.

The sessions will be held in Room 249 of the hospital.

A complimentary breakfast will be served throughout the morning. There will be several stations for testing, and no reservations are needed. Those planning to take the test are reminded that this is a fasting test, so they should not eat that morning prior to the test. For more information call 298-2145.

From Feb. 9-11, the hospital’s Cardiology Department will provide a series of displays in the hospital’s main lobby with information on heart health, diabetes, nutrition, stroke and physical rehabilitation. The displays will be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

A “Taking Charge of Diabetes” program will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 10, 11 and 12.

The program, presented by Debra Hoffman, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, will be held in Room 249. Call 298-2297 to register.

At 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 25, Dr. Benjamin Rueda, chief of cardiology, will present “High Blood Pressure: Recent Treatment Guidelines” in Room 249 of the hospital. 

For information on all health month events and to advance register for the high blood pressure program, call 298-2145.