DOVER-FOXCROFT - Heartwise, the cardiac rehabilitation program at Mayo Regional Hospital, has scheduled a variety of activities during American Heart Month in February.
Heartwise will present a community health fair in Dexter on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at the open house for the new Corinna/Dexter Regional EMS facility. Free, fasting blood sugar and lipid profile lab tests, blood pressure checks and promotional items will be available to the public.
During Cardiac Rehab Week, Feb. 10-16, Heartwise will offer the same fasting lipid profile and blood sugar lab tests at its suite in the Medical Office Building at Mayo Regional Hospital on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 11-12. Tests are available from 6:30-10 a.m. on both days, on a walk-in basis.
Throughout the month, Heartwise will promote the importance of a proper diet in preventing heart disease by labelling more than 2,000 items of Heart Healthy foods at participating supermarkets in the Penquis area. Stores cooperating in this effort include Goulette's IGA in Guilford, Shaw's in Dover-Foxcroft, Edward's SuperMarket in Dover-Foxcroft, Sav-A-Lot, Bud's Shop 'n Save and P & L Country Market in Dexter, and the Milo Farmers Union.
Also throughout the month, Heartwise will provide information on preventing heart disease with messages on WDME radio and with a display table in the front lobby at Mayo Regional Hospital.
Heartwise will participate on Feb. 1 in "Go Red for Women," the American Heart Association's effort to increase awareness of heart disease and stroke -- the leading cause of death for women. On that day people from around Maine will be wearing red to focus attention on cardiovascular disease.
Heartwise's Phase III program, started in 1990 and designed for maintenance of health following a cardiac event, had 1,027 patients visits in 2007. The Phase II program, designed for patients who have experienced a recent cardiac event, recorded 1,030 visits last year. For more information about Heartwise, call 564-4207.
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