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Women’s Cardiac Program Sponsors Interactive Heart-Healthy Event Focused on Treating a Women’s Heart

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - Danbury, CT

Did you know that one in five women live with heart disease and don’t even know it? Knowing your risk factors can save your life. It’s never too early to prevent heart disease. The Women’s Cardiac Program, a wellness initiative within The Praxair Regional Heart and Vascular Center at Danbury Hospital, will sponsor a free, interactive heart-healthy program on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at Danbury Hospital. The event begins with registration at 7:45 a.m., and a continental breakfast will be provided. Park free in the Blue Visitor’s Parking Lot, Hospital Avenue entrance.

Taking a Proactive Approach on Women and Heart Health

The half-day program, which runs from 8:15 a.m. to 12 noon, will take place in the John C. Creasy Center for Health Education auditorium, where attendees will receive a free, complete heart healthy screening that includes blood pressure check, body mass index, total cholesterol, HDL and glucose. Knowing your numbers will help you understand your current risk.

Free Heart Smart Education Sessions

Under the leadership of Susan Mani, MD, the program aims to make all women more confident and aware of what it means to be heart healthy. The heart health and wellness educational format features a series of 40-minute breakout sessions that will address a range of topics and activities that will include:

  • Interactive demonstrations about exercise and nutrition featuring Jan VanWart, APRN, Michele Smallidge, RD, MS in exercise physiology, RD, Carly Mastroianni, BS in exercise physiology, and Nancy Salem, RD
  • Small group Question & Answer sessions with Danbury Hospital cardiovascular physicians - Susan Mani, MD, Margaret Bond, MD, Teresa Daniele, MD, and Dahlia Plummer, MD
  • Feature lecture “Understand Your Heart Healthy Screening” presented by Susan Mani, MD, Director of the Women’s Cardiac Program at the Praxair Regional Heart and Vascular Center at Danbury Hospital

Space is limited to 100 people. To register, call toll-free 1-800-511-7821. Visit to learn more about Danbury Hospital’s cardiovascular services, find a physician, or to learn about other related upcoming Spirit of Women events and lectures.

About Danbury Hospital

Danbury Hospital is a 371-bed regional medical center and university teaching hospital associated with the University of Vermont College of Medicine, the Yale University School of Medicine, the Connecticut School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center. The hospital provides centers of excellence in cardiovascular services, cancer, weight loss surgery, orthopedics, digestive disorders, radiology and diagnostic imaging. It also offers specialized programs for sleep disorders and asthma management. Medical staff members are board-certified in their specialties, and most serve on the faculty of the nation’s finest medical centers offering a higher level of experience.

The Praxair Regional Heart and Vascular Center at Danbury Hospital is Western Connecticut’s most comprehensive, full-service cardiac and vascular care program that includes diagnostic testing, medical treatment, interventional and non-interventional cardiac and vascular procedure, electrophysiology, and minimally invasive and open-surgical procedures to evaluate and treat cardiovascular diseases. The Praxair Regional Heart and Vascular Center is accredited as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers; one of only two hospitals in the state to carry this designation.

Its Nuclear Medicine Laboratory is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Laboratories, one of the first 50 Echocardiography Labs in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to receive this recognition.