It’s time to Go Red for the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Month! Aventura recognizes American Heart Month with a series of community events to raise awareness, educate the community, and acknowledge survivors.
The festivities kick off on February 12, 2010, when the hospital celebrates five years of success for its Cardiovascular Program. All day long, employees will enjoy special events and a health fair. Aventura invites the community to join special guests for an afternoon of in-depth discussions and heart-healthy refreshments. Special guests include Karen Henderson, a CODE Ice survivor, and Stuart Wagner, a STEMI survivor. Local mayors, members of Congress, local Fire and Rescue staff, and representative from the American Heart Association will also join the festivities. Visitors can also see the CODE Ice machine.
On Tuesday, February 16 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Aventura Hospital will host the Heart Healthy Fair. In addition to booths on various heart-related topics, the hospital staff will offer free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. Visitors will also have the opportunity to schedule an angioscreen, which can help detect heart disease. Guest speakers include cardiovascular experts Drs. David Korn and Louis Carnendran (Heart Health); Dr. Robert Cubeddu (Structural Heart Intervention); Heather Katz (Good Nutrition); and Hannah Rabinowitz (The Basics of BLS).
Attend a free “Lunch and Learn” on Thursday, February 18, from 12:00-2:00 pm. Guests are invited to the Aventura Community Recreation center to hear guest speakers Dr. Robert Rasken (Heart Health) and Dr. Robert Cubeddu (Structural Heart Intervention). They will present a class called “Be a Valentine for Your Heart! Innovation Therapies for Treatment of Heart Disease and Heart Disease Prevention.” Screenings for blood pressure and blood sugar will also be available.
Meanwhile the cardiovascular experts at Aventura will celebrate the launch of a partnership with the Venezuelan Medical Association (VAMA). On Saturday, February 20, physicians are invited to a presentation on Innovations in Transcatheter Heart Therapy. The following Saturday, doctors will attend the Cardiovascular Symposium.
To wrap up American Heart Month, survivors of heart disease are invited to a luncheon on Wednesday, February 24. At 11:30 am, guests will participate in a Heart Walk, followed by lunch at 12:00 pm. The luncheon will feature a motivational speaker. Guests may also participate in Heart Healthy Cooking class, which will focus on multicultural foods. Sessions on follow-up care and support group resources will also be offered.