Regional cardiac care program celebrates Heart Month

Residents invited to education sessions

February is Heart Month, and the Central East Regional Cardiac Care program is celebrating with two heart health education events for the community.

As a leading provider of cardiovascular services, the regional program is committed to partnering with the community around heart health. The program includes the designated cardiac care centre for Scarborough and Durham, located at the Centenary site of Scarborough and Rouge Hospital (SRH), where life-saving and life-changing regional services are provided — including catheterization procedures and arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) treatment and management. The program also leads the regional cardiovascular rehabilitation service, which is offered at 14 community sites from Scarborough and Durham Region, to Peterborough and Campbellford.

 

Heart to Heart Community Education Sessions

Community members are invited to learn about improving their heart health and achieving a better quality lifestyle. Everyone is welcome; admission and parking is free. Staff from the regional program will also be performing blood pressure tests and providing one-on-one consultations on cardiovascular health.

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (875 Morningside Avenue, Scarborough)
Monday, February 27, 6 to 8 p.m.

Topics Presenters
Welcome and opening remarks Dr. Joe Ricci
Medical Director, Central East Regional Cardiac Care Program
Maximizing your cardiovascular health Dr. Nisha D'Mello
Cardiologist, Central East Regional Cardiac Care Program
Getting on the right track to better heart health: A patient story Robert Decpano
Volunteer and former patient, Central East Regional Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Service
Nutrition, diet and heart-healthy eating Valerie Manbeck
Dietitian, Central East Regional Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Service

Ajax Public Library (Main branch, 55 Harwood Avenue South, Ajax)
Saturday, February 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 Topics Presenters
Maximizing your cardiovascular health Stephanie Gibson
Exercise Therapist, Central East Regional Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Service
Getting on the right track to better heart health: A patient story Paul Bashisht
Volunteer and former patient, Central East Regional Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Service
Importance of sleep to heart health Beth Ferguson
Nurse Practitioner, Central East Regional Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Service

 

About the Central East Regional Cardiac Care Program

Scarborough and Rouge Hospital is home to the Central East Regional Cardiac Care Program for Durham and Scarborough. With a highly qualified and experienced team of more than 20 cardiologists and over 100 health care professionals, the regional program is integrated with the community to ensure excellent, timely care. Each year, more than 6,000 patients are seen by the program for a wide range of cardiac care services, including life-saving emergency and elective interventions to unblock blood vessels in the heart; advanced cardiac imaging to get a better view of what's happening with a patient's heart; pacemaker and ICD implants and electrophysiology procedures to manage and treat arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats); and cardiovascular rehabilitation and education to help patients throughout the broader Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) region to achieve an optimal heart healthy lifestyle. As the designated cardiac care centre for the regional program, Scarborough and Rouge hospital delivers care in partnership with Lakeridge Health, and the Central East LHIN.

 

About Scarborough and Rouge Hospital

At Scarborough and Rouge Hospital (SRH), a quality patient experience comes first. Affiliated with the University of Toronto, SRH consists of three hospital sites (Birchmount, General, and Centenary) and five satellite sites in Scarborough. SRH delivers a broad spectrum of health services to one of the most diverse communities in Canada, including a full-service Emergency department at each site, advanced maternal and neonatal care in state-of-the-art birthing centres, and specialized paediatric services. SRH is home to a number of regional programs serving the central east Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and beyond, including nephrology, cardiac care, vascular surgery, and vision care, and is recognized as a centre of excellence in orthopaedic surgery, cancer care, and mental health.

Media Contact:

Jane Kitchen
Communications Specialist
Scarborough and Rouge Hospital
416-284-8131 ext. 4113
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