Parkview encourages heart health throughout the region during American Heart Month

NORTHEAST INDIANA – JAN. 31, 2020 – 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.

Lighting of the Parkview Heart Institute and Parkview Hospital Randallia, Feb. 1 – 29

Parkview will go red for the month of February, shining a red light on the west side of Parkview Heart Institute on the Parkview Regional Medical Center campus, as well as the east side of Parkview Hospital Randallia on Carew Street.
 

Mindfulness and Your Heart, Thursday, Feb. 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Parkview Center for Healthy Living at the Parkview Warsaw YMCA, 1305 Mariners Drive, Warsaw

The heart is the largest working muscle in our body, and yet so much can influence its proper function. Join Sabeena Ramrakhiani, MD, Parkview Physicians Group (PPG) – Cardiology, as she shares how mindfulness and meditation are not only good for the mind, but how they also play a role in the health of your heart. Light, heart-healthy hors d'oeuvres will be served. This event is free, but registration is required; call 260-266-6500 (toll free 844-835-0003).
 

National Wear Red Day, Friday, Feb. 7

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. 
 

Heart and Stress: A Holistic Approach, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Parkview Center for Healthy Living at the Parkview Warsaw YMCA, 1305 Mariners Drive, Warsaw

Join Leshia Howell, RN, nurse navigator, Parkview Health, as she shares a holistic approach to stress and your heart. Holistic stress relief addresses how you respond to distressing triggers as a whole person – mind, body and spirit – and how you can respond in a way that positively impacts your health and happiness. Come listen and learn how to be stressed less and relax a little more. This event is free, but registration is required; call 260-266-6500.
 

Heart Healthy Nutrition Program, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2:15-3:15 p.m., Parkview Center for Healthy Living at the Parkview Neighborhood Health Center, 3350 E. Paulding Road, Fort Wayne

Research shows that people with diabetes are more likely to develop heart disease and have a greater chance of having a heart attack or stroke. In this class, you will learn important lifestyle measures for diabetes management, including heart-healthy eating, physical activity and more. A quick demonstration on how to prepare a heart-healthy, diabetic-friendly recipe will be provided. This program is free, but registration is required; call 260-266-6500.
 

Thank Your Heart: Drum Circle, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Parkview Center for Healthy Living at the Parkview Warsaw YMCA, 1305 Mariners Drive, Warsaw

February is the month we tend to think about hearts; however, we tend to take our heartbeat for granted. Join Laura Hillyard, artist in residence, Parkview Healing Arts Program, as she guides you through an evening of drumming. Let this be a way to thank your heart for beating every day. This event is free, but registration is required; call 260-266-6500.
 

Monthly Meeting of the Her Heart Support Network at PHI, Thursday, Feb. 13, 6-8 p.m., Parkview Regional Medical Center (entrance 4, third floor, conference rooms A/B)

All female cardiac patients are invited to join this local support group for women with heart disease. PHI experts facilitate the monthly meetings. February’s topic will be “What Happens in the Cath Lab.”
 

Sixth Annual Love Your Heart Expo, Thursday, Feb. 20, Parkview Mirro Center for Research & Innovation, 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne

The free Love Your Heart Expo will feature two sessions, starting at 10:30 a.m. or 5 p.m. Local experts will explain how your genes are not your health destiny. Guests may also visit learning centers and participate in health screenings. Registration for this event is currently closed. Sign up for the waitlist at www.parkview.com/loveyourheart.
 

Healthy Heart Seminars, Thursday, Feb. 27, 5:45-7 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 28, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Parkview Center for Healthy Living at the Parkview Warsaw YMCA, 1305 Mariners Drive, Warsaw

Come to “Apps and Information” to learn how to better manage high blood pressure. Participants can learn about the DASH diet and how it helps lower and manage blood pressure, as well as the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program. This event is free, but registration is required; call 260-266-6500.
 

Happy Heart session at StoryPoint, Friday, Feb. 28, 2 p.m., StoryPoint, 3715 Union Chapel Road, Fort Wayne

Participate in rhythm-based activities and guided imagery, while learning about ways to manage the personal stress and depression that can be unique to living in a retirement or assisted living setting. Heart-healthy snacks will be provided. Please RSVP by Feb. 26 by calling 260-483-5590.
 

CPR Certification, Friday, Feb. 28, 7:30 a.m.-noon, Parkview Center for Healthy Living at the Community Learning Center, 401 E. Diamond St., Kendallville

Trained instructors from Parkview Noble Hospital will lead you through the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver course so you can be prepared to save a life. Cost is $15, and registration is required; call 260-266-6500.