Heart Failure Symposium helps patient families achieve quality of life

According to the American Heart Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with heart failure, a condition in which the heart muscle loses its ability to effectively pump blood. More than a half-million new cases are diagnosed each year. While these statistics are chilling, the diagnosis of heart failure does not have to be a death sentence for patients.

The seventh Regional Heart Failure Symposium is designed to empower patients and their families to manage this condition with better knowledge, care and support. The symposium will be held Saturday, Oct. 16, at the University Conference Center on the campus of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

The symposium, presented by Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute, Lebanon Cardiology Associates, Moffitt Heart and Vascular Group, and Associated Cardiologists, will feature experts in heart failure, cardiology, exercise, cooking and more for an educational look at heart failure.

Following an overview of the latest heart failure research, experts will discuss exercise for heart failure patients, medications, emotions and heart failure, and mechanical circulatory support. The morning will conclude with a low-sodium cooking demonstration by Scott Anthony, executive chef, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

The symposium begins at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at 12:15 p.m. The cost is $10 per person or $15 per couple. The fee includes refreshments and all program materials. Pre-registration is requested by calling the Penn State Hershey CareLine at 800-243-1455.

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Last Updated October 06, 2010