Heart Failure Symposium to empower patients

Hershey, Pa. — 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 500,000 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 Sixth Regional Heart Failure Symposium will empower patients and their families to manage this condition with better knowledge, care and support. The symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m on Saturday, April 4, at the University Conference Center, Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

The day-long symposium will feature heart failure experts from Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute, Associated Cardiologists, Moffitt Heart and Vascular Group and Lebanon Cardiology Associates. Following an overview of heart failure, experts will discuss emotional issues, heart rhythm disorders and diagnostic testing. Additional break-out sessions on dietary needs, spirituality and intimacy issues related to heart failure also will be offered.

The cost is $10 per person or $15 per couple and includes continental breakfast, refreshments, lunch and program materials. Registration is required before the event by calling Penn State Hershey Continuing Education at (717) 531-6483 or by logging onto http://www.hmc.psu.edu/ce/HeartFailure. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.

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Last Updated March 25, 2009