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Media Contact: Sherry Baker 30 January 2004    
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Emory Heart Center Celebrates American Heart Month with Series of Events
As Valentine's Day approaches and thoughts turn to romance and paper hearts, the Emory Heart Center is encouraging people to think about their real hearts in February by presenting free events and low cost health screenings focused on cardiovascular health.

February is National Heart Month and it gives us an opportunity to encourage the public to learn about their hearts and what they can do to reduce their risk of heart disease," says Douglas C. Morris, MD, Director of the Emory Heart Center. Emory Heart Month events include free lectures both on the Emory campus and around the metro Atlanta community featuring topics ranging from sorting out the truth about "good" and "bad" fat in your diet and how to choose heart healthy snacks to information about diabetes and the heart and how to reduce stress. Emory Healthcare professionals, including cardiologists and dieticians, will present the talks.

February was first proclaimed National Heart Month by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Over the past 40 years, the field of cardiology has made great advances in diagnosing and treating heart ailments. In fact, since President Johnson was in office, the death rate from coronary heart disease has fallen by nearly 60 percent. However, heart disease is still America's number one killer.

"The good news is that we now know how to prevent much cardiovascular disease," says Emory Heart Center cardiologist Laurence Sperling, MD, Director of Emory's HeartWise Risk Reduction Program. "Knowledge truly is power, especially when it comes to your heart health. Even if a person finds they are at high risk for heart disease, there's no reason to panic. Instead, there are a host of proven ways you can lower those risks and work to prevent future heart attacks and strokes." Dr. Sperling will speak on this subject on Thursday, February 12th, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at the Emory Center for Lifelong Learning on Briarcliff Road in Atlanta.

To register for any of the Emory Heart Center Heart Healthy events, call Emory Health Connection at 404-778-7777.

This series of lectures is presented by The Emory HeartWise Risk Reduction Program. HeartWise is designed for anyone who has experienced a heart or circulatory event or for anyone who is considered " at risk" for heart disease. Emory Heart Center physicians and other health professionals offer individualized risk assessment followed by a carefully monitored program of exercise, nutrition and education to help lower heart disease risk. To find out more about the HeartWise program, call 404-778-2850.

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