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Published: 02/17/2012

St. Vincent's Medical Center and Westfield Trumbull Co-sponsored Successful Heart Fair

St. Vincent's Heart Health Fair 2012Hundreds of area residents visited the St. Vincent's Medical Center’s 6th  Annual Heart Health Fair at Westfield Trumbull this past Saturday, February 11th.  The event represented a joint effort between St. Vincent’s and Westfield Trumbull to increase community wellness in recognition of Heart Month. 

(photo) Lisa Kalafus, RN, Clinical Nurse Leader in the Cardiovascular Unit of St. Vincent’s Medical Center, provides a blood pressure screening to a visitor at the fair, which spread awareness of cardiovascular disease by providing all free information and exhibits. 

St. Vincent's President/CEO Susan L. Davis, RN, EdD, local weight loss guru Kim Bensen, and Dr. Kathleen Harper, Director of Women at Heart and cardiologist at St. Vincent’s, kicked off the event with a group of enthusiastic employees and visitors for a one mile walk around the shopping center.  Children and adults alike experienced the sights and sounds of the heart by walking through a giant life-size medical inflatable of this vital organ.  Visitors energetically clapped their hands as dancers from Notre Dame High School in Fairfield staged an exciting flash dance mob routine. 

Representatives from the Regina L. Cozza Women at Heart program at St. Vincent’s were on hand to illustrate how heart disease in women differs from patterns in men.  Hosted by the cardiology division of the Medical Center, the event spread awareness of cardiovascular disease risk factors, prevention and treatment options by teaching area residents to focus on overall health and wellness strategies, rather than simply changing habits after an unwanted diagnosis.

For more information or for referral to a St. Vincent's cardiologist, call the toll-free Care Line at 1-877-255-SVHS (7847) or click into www.stvincents.org/cardiology for more information on heart health services and programs.

 St. Vincent's Heart Health Fair 2012    St. Vincent's Heart Health Fair 2012
Sue Casso, RN, Coordinator of St. Vincent’s Women at Heart Program, provides a visitor with information about the Women at Heart Program which provides early detection, diagnosis and treatment information about heart disease, the number one killer in women.    Visitor Ethan Schek walks through giant inflatable heart which gave area residents the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of the heart while learning about this vital organ.
 St. Vincent's Heart Health Fair 2012    St. Vincent's Heart Health Fair 2012
St. Vincent’s Medical Center President/CEO Susan L. Davis, RN, EdD, (left), Dr. Kathleen Harper, (center), Co-Director of Women at Heart at St. Vincent’s and Kim Bensen, (right), local weight loss guru kick-off a one mile walk inside the shopping center.  Exercise, weight loss, nutrition and smoking cessation information were all offered as preventative measures to combat cardiovascular disease.   Notre Dame High School students perform a flash dance mob routine, bringing enthusiasm to the event which spread awareness of cardiovascular disease risk factors, prevention and treatment options.

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