AAMC is partnering locally with Dare to C.A.R.E. and the Million Hearts® national initiative to bring heart health messages to the public. Dare to C.A.R.E. provides free vascular screenings and education to prevent the complications of cardiovascular disease. The Million Hearts® initiative promotes the “ABCS” of clinical prevention (appropriate aspirin therapy, blood pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation) as well as healthier lifestyles to communities.
“We’re trying to reach those at risk and underserved by partnering with Westfield Annapolis Mall, community centers and experts to extend heart health information out to the community,” says Chad Dillard, AAMC’s executive director of marketing and wellness. “We know from a recent community health needs assessment that Anne Arundel County’s heart disease mortality rate is higher than state and national levels. Improving cardiovascular health and quality of life through prevention, detection and access to treatment is a priority for our healthcare providers,” adds Dillard.
All events are free. For a complete listing of heart events visit aahs.org/millionhearts/.
Event highlights include:
Date: Wednesdays in February
Location: 2002 Annapolis Mall, Annapolis, MD 21401
Description: In conjunction with AAMC’s Heart Month, cardiac nurses will provide blood pressure screenings, answer questions and offer friendly advice about heart disease prevention. No registration required.
Location: Severna Park Community Center, 623 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park, MD 21146
Description: AAMC cardiac nurses will discuss heart and vascular health. Understand the importance of knowing warning signs of a heart attack and the importance of early detection. Dare to C.A.R.E will also be providing free vascular screenings (for those that qualify – visit Dare to C.A.R.E to find out if you meet eligibility requirements). No registration required.
Location: Anne Arundel Medical Center, Belcher Pavilion, 7th floor, 2000 Medical Parkway, Annapolis, Md.
Description: Scott Katzen, MD, will address the support group to speak on heart health and intervention—what to do and when. The group is for young adult cardiac survivors 35 to 50 years old to provide support to each other. For more information contact Dianne Walters, RN, at 443-481-1928.
Location: AAMC Doordan Institute, Belcher Pavilion (formerly Health Sciences Pavilion), 7th Floor, 2000 Medical Pkwy, Annapolis, MD 21401
Description: Listen to heart health experts as they provide the latest information about fighting heart disease for women.
Location: Westfield Annapolis, Crate & Barrel Court, 2002 Annapolis Mall, Annapolis, Md. 21401
Description: Join hosts John Martin, MD and Briana Walton, MD for a special edition of docsTALK as they discuss a few commons myths and facts about heart disease and stroke. No registration required.
For more information about these events go to: AAMCevents.com or call 443-481-5555.