Community Health System to Host Heart and Blood Vessels Symposium and Needs Volunteers

The Community Health System will host a Heart and Vessels Symposium to tackle the leading cause of death in the United States.

Cardiovascular disease kills one person every 34 seconds in the United States.

The community health system hopes to equip area residents with potentially life-saving knowledge at the upcoming Heart and Vessels Symposium. The free event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 10 at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts at 1040 Ridge Road in Munster.

Cardiology experts and physicians specializing in cardiovascular care will speak about heart health, treatments and procedures. Cardiologists David Stewart, Pratik Patel, Omar Husseini, Anas Safadi and Navdeep Bhatti will discuss topics such as “Peripheral Vascular Disease”, “Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation”, “New Therapies in Hyperlipidemia”, “Venous Disease: new treatment and technology”, “Women and heart disease” and “TAVR: minimally invasive valve replacement”.

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Community Healthcare System will also be offering screenings, free refreshments and a vendor fair at the event, which is free and open to the public.

People are encouraged to register in advance by calling 219-836-3477.

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Volunteers wantedThe community health system also needs volunteers at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart.

The hospital, located at 1500 S. Lake Park Ave. on the west side of town, needs volunteers ages 16 and up who are passionate about helping others greet, escort and transport patients through the hospital.

Volunteers must commit to a four-hour shift per week, which may include weekend shifts. They must be willing to work in a team and will receive on-site training.

Anyone interested can call the Department of Volunteer Services at 219-947-6011.

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