Northwell Health is all heart this month, rolling out a comprehensive array of health screenings, presentations and other cardiovascular-health related events throughout February. Getting screened is one of the most important ways to manage heart health – even if you live a healthy lifestyle.
Baseline heart disease screenings include a blood pressure check plus a simple blood test to measure glucose and cholesterol levels. It may also include an obesity screening and a review of your family history. These simple and quick tests can help determine whether you have any conditions that can affect your risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association, in partnership with the federal government, designated February as American Heart Month beginning in 1963. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. To combat this deadly disease, Northwell Health offers the following events that are open to the public:
On February 3, Lenox Hill Hospital will host a Go Red Heart Health Fair featuring health screenings, hands-only CPR instruction, nutritional counseling and a chance to speak to healthcare specialists. The event runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the hospital’s Einhorn Auditorium, 131 East 76th Street, Manhattan.
Similar health fairs will be held on February 3 at Huntington Hospital, from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 270 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY; and Southside Hospital, from noon-3 p.m., 301 East Main Street, Bay Shore, NY.
Plainview and Southside hospitals will serve up heart-healthy produce on February 3 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at on-site farmers markets. Plainview Hospital is located at 888 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY.
Also on February 3, Long Island Jewish Forest Hills will present a women’s heart health lecture from 1-2 p.m. in the hospital’s ninth floor conference room, 102-01 66th Road, Forest Hills, Queens. For more information, call 718-830-1964.
From February 6-18, Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers will offer free heart health screenings at 16 locations throughout Long Island, as well as five in Queens, six in Manhattan, three in Staten Island and three in Westchester. For more information and to find a location near you, log on to www.gohealthuc.com/hearthealth.
On February 6, Lenox Hill Hospital will present a lecture on eating better for a healthy heart from 12:45-1:45 p.m., at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 343 E. 70th Street, Manhattan. Also on that day, Northwell Health’s Center for Wellness and Integrative Medicine (formerly PRACTICE Body Mind Soul), will present a talk from 1-2:30 p.m. on nutrition for a healthy heart and offer a cardiac yoga class from 2-3 p.m. The wellness center is located at 1500 Old Northern Blvd, Suite 3, Roslyn, NY.
Rachel Bond, MD, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital, will present a heart health lecture on February 7 at 1 p.m. at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Senior Center at St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, 54th Street, Manhattan.
Get your blood pressure screened at Central Public Library on February 7 from 7-8 p.m., courtesy of Long Island Jewish Medical Center. The library is located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, NY. For more information, call 718-470-7692.
On February 8, Stanley Katz, MD, SVP of cardiovascular services for Northwell Health and chairman of cardiology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital, will present updates on the Cardiac Care Center at Peconic Bay Medical Center. The presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m., in the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, 407 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, NY. To register for this event, call 631-548-6827.
Also on February 8, James Lafferty, MD, director of cardiology at Staten Island University Hospital, will speak about heart health at an AARP event at Oakwood Baptist Church, 345 Guyon Avenue, Staten Island. The event runs from 1:15-3 p.m. and also features blood pressure screenings. For more information, call 718-226-1911.
Jean Cacciabaudo, MD, medical director at Peconic Bay Medical Center, will give a lecture on heart health on February 9 at 7 p.m. in Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Avenue, Hampton Bays, NY. To register for this event, call 631-548-6827. Also that evening, Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Hospital will host a heart-healthy dinner and lecture from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Shankman Auditorium, 900 Franklin Avenue, Valley Stream, NY. Reservations are no longer being accepted for this event.
South Oaks Hospital's clinical staff will conduct free and confidential depression and anxiety screenings on February 9 from 3-6 p.m. at Amityville Public Library, 19 John St, Amityville, NY. For more information about the screenings, call 631-608-5111.
Help support Staten Island University Hospital’s Heart Institute and the hospital’s cardiology program and you may win a $1,000 gift card or many other prizes. Both campuses of the hospital, 475 Seaview Avenue and 375 Seguine Avenue, will feature raffle baskets on February 10 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 718-226-1911.
On February 13 from 6-7 p.m., psychologist Bella Grossman, PhD, will present on heart disease and depression and offer tips on coping at Zucker Hillside Hospital, Behavioral Health Pavilion, 75-59 263rd Street, Glen Oaks, NY. For more information, call 718-470-8250.
Also on February 13, try a basic yoga class, suitable for all levels, at Northwell Health’s Center for Wellness and Integrative Medicine. The class runs from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. The wellness center is located at 1500 Old Northern Blvd, Suite 3, Roslyn, NY. Check out a heart-centered partner yoga class on February 16 from 7-8:30 p.m. and individual fitness assessments on February 21 from 2-4 p.m. For more information call 516-858-3095.
Learn about eating better for a healthy heart and get your blood pressure checked on February 17 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Northwell Health’s Center for Equity of Care, 1981 Marcus Avenue, Suite E110, Lake Success, NY. Call 516-881-7051 to register.
Southside Hospital will offer free blood pressure, BMI, glucose and cholesterol screenings on February 18 from 8-11 a.m. at Adelante of Suffolk County, 83 Carleton Ave, Central Islip, NY. For more information about the screenings, call 631-396-6714.
Also on February 18, Cohen Children’s Medical Center hosts CPR training from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the hospital, 269-01 76th Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY. For more information, call 718-470-3352.
Jean Cacciabaudo, MD, medical director at Peconic Bay Medical Center, will give a lecture on heart health on February 21 at 6 p.m. in Quogue Library, 90 Quogue Street, Quogue, NY. To register for this event, call 631-548-6827.
On February 22, Syosset Hospital will offer blood pressure screening from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the hospital, 221 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset, NY. For more information, call 516-719-2418.
Get your blood pressure screened at Central Public Library on February 23 from 7-8 p.m., courtesy of Long Island Jewish Medical Center. The library is located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, NY. For more information, call 718-470-7692.
The Katz Institute for Women’s Health presents a Women’s Wellness Social on February 23 from 6-7 p.m. in the Grossman Imaging Center at Peconic Bay Medical Center, 496 County Road, Manorville, NY. Christine McDermott, a registered dietitian at Peconic, will present “The Heart of Good Health is Good Nutrition.” Topics include how to read a nutrition label, planning a menu and cooking heart smart. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. For more information or to register for this event, call 631-548-6827.
On February 25, James Lafferty, MD, director of cardiology at Staten Island University Hospital, will speak about heart health at First Center Baptist Church, 59 Wright Street, Staten Island. The event runs from 9 a.m.-noon and also features blood pressure screenings. For more information, call 718-226-1911.
Plainview Hospital will offer blood pressure check-ups on February 27 from 1-2 p.m. at the hospital, 888 Old Country Road, Plainveiw, NY. Registration is required. Call 516-719-2418.
Penny Stern, MD, a preventive medicine specialist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital, will present “How to Stay Young: A Guide for the Perplexed” on February 28 at 10 a.m. in St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1670 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, NY. For more information, call 516-881-7000.
Donna Chelle Viray Morales, MD, a cardiologist at Southside Hospital, will speak about heart health on February 28 from noon-1 p.m. at the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, 15 N. Ocean Ave., Patchogue, NY. For more information, call 631-396-6710.
Also on February 28, Huntington Hospital will partner with Town Councilwoman Tracey Edwards and the Town of Huntington Women’s Services to present a panel discussion on women’s heart health. Topics to be addressed include: risk factors; symptoms; prevention; nutrition; exercise; and treatment options. The event will kick off at 7 p.m. in Huntington Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY. To register or for additional information please call 631-351-3175.
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