Porter Regional Hospital crushes heart month with free programs, education, high-tech services

Porter Regional Hospital crushes heart month with free programs, education, high-tech services

Dr. Maya Kommeni, Dr. Jessica Williams and Dr. Mark Dixon pictured here were among the heart physicians to present a panel discussion at Porter County Goes Red this year.

February is National Heart Health month and Porter Regional Hospital is doing everything in its power to spread awareness, educate community members, and provide support while promoting heath health. Here’s a roundup of what’s still to come.

Porter Regional Hospital Free Heart Lunchtime Lecture Series
All lectures are taking place at Porter Regional Hospital’s Community Room, 85 East U.S. Highway 6, Valparaiso.

All lectures start with registration and a complimentary box lunch at 11:30 followed by the lecture at noon. There will be ample time for questions and answers. Registration is required; space is limited. Register online at https://heartmonthlunchnlearn.eventbrite.com.

Wednesday, February 19: A Tour of Your Heart: The Future of Advanced Cardiac Imaging, Presented by Cardiologist Michael Wheat, M.D.
Friday, February 21: Hot Topics in Cardiovascular Nutrition & Cancer, Presented by Cardiologist Maya Kommineni, M.D
Monday, February 24: High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol in 2020: How Low Should We Go? Presented by Cardiologist Andrew Putnam, M.D.
Wednesday, February 26: Heart and Mind: Discussing the Relationship Between Cardiac Disease and Mental Health, Presented by Cardiologist Jessica Williams, M.D.

At Porter Health Care System, you can count on:
Emergency heart care. If you’re experiencing heart attack symptoms, you need immediate care. As an accredited Chest Pain Center, our healthcare professionals are specially trained in rapid response, assessment and treatment of heart attacks and other life-threatening cardiac emergencies. If a heart attack strikes, you can depend on our quality care.
Early diagnosis. Advanced medical technology and procedures allow our cardiac professionals to detect and diagnose heart disease from the earliest stages, when it can be treated most effectively.
Recovery assistance. After a heart attack or other acute cardiac illness, we provide specially-designed exercise programs and individual support from exercise and rehabilitation professionals to aid in your recovery. Our dietitians will help you adopt a heart-healthy diet and help you make healthy habits part of your lifestyle.
Heart disease preventive services. We’re dedicated to helping you prevent heart disease through health screenings and education, including classes or other educational events, individual nutritional counseling and more.

Award-Winning Heart Care
Porter Health Care System's Center for Cardiovascular Medicine has received the following awards and accreditations, recognizing our commitment to providing quality heart care.
• Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI (Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care)
• Atrial Fibrillation Certification from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC)
• Get with the Guidelines Heart Failure Gold-Plus Designation
• Designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care BCBS
• Joint Commission Advanced Heart Failure Certification
• Primary Stroke Center
• Accredited Chest Pain Center
• American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) certified

Support Groups
Porter Regional Hospital hosts a regular support group for those affected by any type of heart disease - from high blood pressure to heart failure. Led by a fellow heart disease survivor, the group offers monthly peer-to-peer encouragement and education and serves to inspire hope and promote healthier living. The group meets from Noon – 1 p.m. at the Valparaiso Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation (Entrance A), 2000 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso. The next meeting is February 20. For more information, call 219-983-8533.

On the fourth Thursday of each month, Porter Regional Hospital offers a Stroke Survivor Support Group to anyone who has had a stroke or other brain attack. Family and friends are welcome to attend. This FREE group is a place to share information and experiences, receive emotional support, and hear from experts in the field. The group meets 2 –3:30 p.m. at Porter Regional Hospital, room 2100. No reservations or tickets are required to attend. For more information, call the Stroke Support Hotline, 219-983-8355.

Free Online Heart Risk Assessment
Interested in learning just how healthy your heart is? Find out in just five minutes by clicking here to take Porter Regional Hospital’s free heart risk assessment. You will also learn about your heart’s relative age and more about your personal risk factors. If you need a cardiologist, schedule an appointment today by visiting https://www.porterphysiciangroup.com/our-locations/porter-physician-group-northwest-indiana-cardiovas-1785.

Need a cardiologist?
Get to know Porter Physician Group’s Northwest Indiana Cardiovascular Physicians and schedule an appointment today.