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Patient Forum: The Heart of a Woman

Patient Forum: The Heart of a Woman

The CardioVascular Institute is sponsoring a free patient education event on women and cardiovascular disease on Saturday, June 16, from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Newton Marriott Hotel. The event is being organized by cardiologist Loryn Feinberg, MD, Medical Director of the Women's Cardiovascular Program, and will be facilitated by former WCVB anchorwoman Heather Kahn. The progam is designed to educate women 50 to 70 years of age about avoiding or managing cardiovascular disease as they age. Activities will include free screenings, chair massage, continental breakfast and a box lunch. Seats are limited and registration is required. Please register by June 8 by calling the American Heart Association at 508-935-3903 or e-mailing . Co-sponsors are Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, the American Heart Association and Ms. Pamela Lesser of the CVI's Cardiovascular Research Advisory Committee.

CVI Heart Walk Team Kicks Off

check presentation for Heart Walk teamWith the help of the Longwood Grille & Bar, the CVI kicked off its 2012 fundraising for the Boston Heart Walk on February 15 with a Wine & Chocolate fundraiser sponsored by the Grille. As a result, the team has already raised $2,600 for the American Heart Association's cardiovascular research programs. It's not too early to register for the 2012 BIDMC Heart Walk Team! This year, the walk at the Hatch Shell is scheduled for Saturday, September 15, a week later than usual.

National Walking Day


The CVI sponsored National Walking Day locally on April 4. The annual event is championed by the American Heart Association (AHA) and its partners to raise awareness of the cardiovascular benefits of walking. National Walking Day is part of the AHA's My Heart. My Life. initiative, encouraging lifelong heart-healthy habits through comprehensive programs, tools and resources. The CVI, which also sponsors the Boston Heart Walk and presents the BIDMC Walking Club, encourages everyone who's physically able to walk 30 minutes a day for cardiovascular health. Walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.

Watch Our Video: An Intimate Glimpse of Cardiac Surgery

Cardiac Surgery Video The prospect of heart surgery can be daunting. To help patients know what to expect, Kamal Khabbaz, MD, the Chief of Cardiac Surgery at the CVI, commissioned a video that is available on BIDMC's website. The video takes the viewer step-by-step through surgery, from arrival through preoperative preparation to the operating room to post-operative recovery. You'll meet members of the caregiver team who describe what happens and why along the way, as well as patients discussing their experiences and emotions. Watch the video »

Drs. Lu and Haffajee See Patients in New Locations

H. David Lu, MD and Charles Haffajee, MDCVI cardiologist H. David Lu, MD, and electrophysiologist Charles I. Haffajee, MD, began seeing patients at Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare-Sharon, located at 93 Pond Street, on April 1. In addition, Dr. Haffajee began seeing patients at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton. Dr. Haffajee's nurse practitioner, Patti Pacetti, is also assisting him in the Pacer-Defibrillator Clinic at both locations. Drs. Lu and Haffajee will no longer see patients in Easton. For an appointment with Dr. Haffajee in either location, please call 617-632-9206. For an appointment with Dr. Lu, please call 781-784-9212.

Above content provided by the CardioVascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

Posted April 2012

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CardioVascular Institute at
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215