Parkview encourages heart health throughout the region during American Heart Month

NORTHEAST INDIANA (Jan. 31, 2019) – According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, accounting for one in every seven deaths. Those who understand the facts about heart health, however, can reduce their risk for developing heart disease and learn how to live healthy. 

During February, also known as American Heart Month, Parkview Health, in partnership with the Parkview Heart Institute (PHI) and Parkview’s community hospitals, will host a series of heart-healthy events and activities aimed at increasing the awareness of heart disease.

Members of the media who are interested in covering these events are encouraged to contact Tami Brigle. Interviews with cardiologists, local experts and patients who have experienced heart disease will be accommodated upon request.

Lighting of the Parkview Heart Institute, Feb. 1 – 28

Red landscape lighting will shine on the west side of PHI, on the Parkview Regional Medical Center campus, entrance 10, throughout the month of February.

National Wear Red Day, Friday, Feb. 1

Parkview co-workers, patients and visitors are invited to help raise awareness of concerns related to heart health by wearing red on this national awareness day. Media photo opportunities can be scheduled at various facilities – contact Tami Brigle to make arrangements.

Women and Heart Disease: Keeping Her Heart Healthy, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m., Peabody Public Library, Columbia City

Did you know that 90 percent of women have at least one risk factor for heart disease, and that 80 percent of heart disease is preventable? Join Jessica Barkdull, NP, PHI Cardiovascular Health and Wellness Clinic, as she discusses how heart disease differs between men and women. She will discuss personal risk factors and prevention, and also help attendees create their own personal “heart profile.”

Free CPR Certification, Friday, Feb. 8, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Parkview Noble Hospital

Trained instructions will lead you through the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver® course so you can be prepared to save a life. This session is free, but registration is required. Call 260-347-8125 to save your seat.

Ask the R.D. (Registered Dietitian), Tuesday, Feb. 12, 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m., Center for Healthy Living, Parkview Warsaw YMCA location

Schedule a 20-minute, one-on-one consultation with Lauren Harden, MBA, RD, CD, community outreach dietitian, Parkview Health, to have your questions answered on diet, nutrition or other food-related issues. Consultations are free but appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling 260-266-6500 or toll free, 844-835-0003.

Happy Heart Through Healthy Choices, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6-7 p.m., Center for Healthy Living, Parkview Warsaw YMCA location

Join Lauren Harden, MBD, CD, RD, community outreach dietitian, Parkview Health, as she shares how healthy eating starts with healthy food choices. Learn to create nutritious, heart-healthy meals for both you and your family. You’ll hear what to look for at the grocery store, restaurants, your workplace or any eating occasion. This session if free, but registration is required. Call 260-266-6500 or toll free, 844-835-0003.

Drum Circle, Thursday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m. – noon, PHI (entrance 10)

PHI will host a drum circle featuring artist Beth Fenstermacher from the Parkview Healing Arts program. The demonstration is provided to bring awareness to how our hearts beat for us every day. Guests may also pick up educational materials on heart rhythm disorders.

Monthly meeting of the Her Heart Support Network of PHI, Thursday, Feb. 14, 6-8 p.m., Parkview Regional Medical Center (entrance 1)

All female cardiac patients are invited to join this local support group for women with heart disease. Four local women, who trained with heart health experts at Mayo Clinic, facilitate the monthly meetings.

Fifth Annual Love Your Heart Expo, Thursday, Feb. 21, Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation

The FREE Love Your Heart Expo will feature two sessions – starting at 10:30 a.m. or 5 p.m. – at the Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation, 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne. This year, Lawrence Gering, MD, Parkview Physicians Group – Cardiology, will moderate a panel discussion titled “The Heart Connection: Understanding the Link to Your Overall Health.” The panel will include physicians specializing in cardiology, gynecology, neurology, nephrology and sleep medicine. Guests may also visit learning centers and participate in health screenings. Registration for this event is required by Monday, Feb. 11, at

Healthy Heart Check-up, Wed., Feb. 27, 7-9:30 a.m., Parkview Noble Center for Healthy Living

Be aware of your own potential heart disease risks. No appointment is needed for these reduced-cost blood draws. Payment will be accepted via cash, check or credit card.

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