Two area heart doctors on staff with Porter Health Care System are inviting the public to embrace Heart Month in February by learning about two common but dangerous types of heart disease, and how they are treated.
If simple tasks are making you short of breath, or you’re more worn out than usual, it may be time to get checked for heart valve disease. Cardiologist Dr. Jay Shah will present “The Open & Shut Case of Heart Valve Disease” at 6 p.m., Feb. 7 in the Porter Regional Hospital Community Room, 85 E. U.S. Highway 6, Valparaiso. Free blood pressure screenings will start at 5 p.m.
Those who have rapid heartbeat and fluttering in the chest may be experiencing symptoms of atrial fibrillation, or Afib – a common but dangerous heart rhythm disorder that could increase your risk of stroke five-fold. Cardiac Electrophysiologist Dr. Mark Dixon will present “Regaining Your Rhythm” at 6 p.m., Feb. 22 in the Porter Regional Hospital Community Room, 85 E. U.S. Highway 6, Valparaiso. Free blood pressure screenings start at 5 p.m.
Both programs are free, but require registration by visiting porterhealth.com or calling (800) 541-1861.
Porter Health Care System has two hospital campuses and seven outpatient facilities serving Porter, Lake, La Porte, Starke and Jasper counties. With more than 350 physicians representing 50 medical specialties, Porter Health Care System is committed to medical excellence and personalized, patient-centered care. Porter is directly or indirectly owned by a partnership that proudly includes physician owners, including certain members of the hospital’s medical staff.