Mercy Hospital Washington is hosting a community event for the whole family that’s good for the heart. The 2012 Heart to Heart Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, February 4, at the hospital, 901 E. Fifth St. in Washington.
This year’s theme is “Heart Health for All Ages” and will include information about heart health for children, a growing concern as more children are diagnosed with risk factors for heart disease.
“A leading group of pediatricians recently endorsed new guidelines for children ages 9 and 11 to receive cholesterol screening and this was alarming news for most of us because we don’t want to make the connection between kids and heart disease,” said Terri L. McLain, president of Mercy Hospital Washington. “As clinicians, we knew we needed to bring children’s heart health to the discussion at our Heart to Heart Fair. Our keynote speaker will address the subject and we are offering free cholesterol checks for kids age 9 and up with a parent.”
The keynote speaker is Dr. Burt Bromberg, a pediatric cardiologist with Mercy Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. Other presenters include interventional cardiologist Dr. Joseph Moore, who will discuss the relation between holes in the heart and stroke; Cardiac Electrophysiologist Dr. Sandeep Gautam,who will discuss the need and use of pacemakers; Registered Dietician Sara Cunningham who will address dietary needs for good health and fitness instructor Jim Derner, who will lead a fitness demonstration. Guests will have a chance after each presentation to ask questions.
In addition to presentations, the Heart to Heart Fair will feature free heart health screenings, a Kids’ Zone with face painting, a balloon artist and hula hoop contest, educational booths and vendors offering heart-healthy related products and services.
Admission and activities at the Heart to Heart Fair are free. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is preferred. For more information or to register, call 636-390-7327 or register online at mercy.net/washington.
Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net