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February is all about hearts. In addition to Valentine's Day, it's American Heart Month — a time to remind ourselves, our families and our communities to remain heart healthy. When we take care of our hearts as part of our self-care, we set an example for those around us to do the same.

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Diehl Lectureship Series

About The Millard G. Diehl Cardiovascular Lectureship Series

The Millard G. Diehl Cardiovascular Lectureship Endowment was established in 1996 through a bequest left to WellSpan Health by Millard G. Diehl. Mr. Diehl’s generosity has enabled WellSpan Heart and Vascular to establish an annual cardiovascular educational program for our community and health care professionals.

Under normal circumstances, we would be getting together in person, so we could share important information about heart health. However, this year we need to shift this education to online methods. Hopefully next year we will be able to return to meeting in person.

Registration is required for all events online or by calling (800) 840-5905. Once you have registered, an email with Zoom information will be sent closer to the event date. Please be sure to check your spam folder for emails from WellSpan regarding the Zoom link and other important updates.

Peripheral Arterial Disease – Overview of Diagnosis and Treatment

Feb. 1, Pre-Recorded

Learn more about this common circulatory problem—Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)—in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs. Dr. Sharma will also share information about some of the treatments for PAD.

Aditya Sharma, MD
Interventional Cardiologist
WellSpan Cardiology

Living with Heart Failure

Feb. 8, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Heart Failure may not be curable, but it is treatable. Learn the importance of your diet, paying attention to symptoms, and taking your medications. Discuss lifestyle changes, available medications, and new treatment options.

Tanya Minich, MSN, ACNP, CHFN
Heart Failure Program Coordinator
WellSpan Heart & Vascular

Guided Meditation

Feb. 15, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Heartfulness is about connecting to the best within oneself, to one’s own heart. Medical research has shown Heartfulness practices, which incorporate relaxation exercises and meditation, improve overall wellbeing, sleep and reduce stress. Please join this wonderful session and experience its beauty and simplicity. Make it a part of your regular practice and enjoy a lifetime of benefits!

Mihir G. Modi, DO, FAAFP
Family Physician
Wellspan Family Medicine – Dallastown

Women's Heart Health

Feb. 22, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

A general overview of heart disease will be shared with a specific focus on how women present when they have a heart attack. Also, risk factors and how to control them—for example diet—will be discussed along with risk factors that cannot be controlled, for example genetics. Some services provided by WellSpan cardiologists will be highlighted, including stress tests and interventional procedures, such as heart catheterizations and pacemaker placements.

Rhian E. Davies, DO MS FACC
Interventional Cardiologist
WellSpan Cardiology


Events

Registration is required for all events online or by calling (800) 840-5905. Once you have registered, an email with Zoom information will be sent closer to the event date. Please be sure to check your spam folder for emails from WellSpan regarding the Zoom link and other important updates.

FRI
5
FEB

National Wear Red Day

TUE
9
FEB

Weis Cooking Demo

5 – 6 p.m.

The class begins with an Introduction to Heart Smart Eating followed by a cook-along demonstration where participants will make Salmon Cakes with Sriracha Aioli. The ingredients do not need to be measured out ahead of time. However, there are a few things that do need to be done prior to the class, so please refer to the class document for ingredients, materials and preparation instructions.

TUE
9
FEB

Virtual Yoga

6 – 7 p.m.

Join us for a free 60-minute yoga session led by a local registered yoga instructor. This virtual event is designed for those who have never tried yoga before and are looking to explore new ways to increase physical activity and reduce stress for a healthier heart. There will be a brief educational session on stress and heart health prior to yoga. For more information call (717) 262-4472.

SAT
13
FEB

Heart Healthy Express Class

Pre-recorded

Whether you have been diagnosed with heart disease or are looking to improve your diet, come learn how to reduce your risk of heart disease through proper nutrition. Boost your knowledge on how nutrition impacts cholesterol and learn tips on avoiding sodium for heart failure and high blood pressure. We will review the American Heart Association’s dietary guidelines and how to apply these guidelines to read the new nutrition facts label and make healthy food choices.

Watch the video

MON
15
FEB

Helping Hearts Support Group

6 – 7 p.m.

Helping Hearts Support Group lends emotional support and encouragement, so you don't feel alone when dealing with heart disease. The group also provides a great source of information through our speaker network.

THU
18
FEB

Virtual Yoga

12 – 1 p.m.

Join us for a free 60-minute yoga session led by a local registered yoga instructor. This virtual event is designed for those who have never tried yoga before and are looking to explore new ways to increase physical activity and reduce stress for a healthier heart. There will be a brief educational session on stress and heart health prior to yoga. For more information call (717) 262-4472.

THU
18
FEB

Go Red for Women Digital Experience

5:30 p.m.

Register for the Zoom event at Heart.org/YorkPAGoRed. A silent auction opens Feb. 16 at 8 a.m. and closes Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. You can register for the online silent auction at YorkAdamsGoRed2021.ggo.bid

FRI
26
FEB

Virtual Paint Night

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us for our annual Paint Night to celebrate National Heart Month, hosted by Connie with Paint and Enjoy. This year’s paint night will be a virtual event with all supplies provided and free of charge! Once registered you will receive a link on how to obtain your FREE materials and the Zoom link for the virtual paint night.


Patient Stories About State-of-the-Art Treatment

Heart Attack Survivor Urges Others to Know Their Risk

On a spring morning, 69-year-old Mark Deist was sitting in his living room. He was getting ready to have breakfast with his wife who was still upstairs getting ready for the day. Suddenly, Mark felt "strange." Mark's wife drove him three miles to the WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital Emergency Department. When he arrived, Deist was rushed back to a room where emergency staff began hooking him up to monitors. A team of physicians, advanced practice providers and nurses rushed to stabilize Mark, ordering a chest X-ray. When his vitals became unstable, staff performed CPR and gave Deist an electric shock to help his heart return to a normal rhythm. Mark Deist had a heart attack.

Read more >> 

Watchman Device

The WATCHMAN device is an Implant that can help reduce stroke risk from atrial fibrillation—an abnormal heart rhythm that results in an irregular heartbeat. This is one of the of leading treatments and technologies the cardiac specialists at WellSpan Health offer to reduce stroke risk.

Read more >>

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Experience matters! Our teams recently completed their 1000th TAVR Procedure (transcatheter aortic valve replacement). This minimally invasive procedure helps patients who otherwise might have needed open-heart surgery. Our teams are also using new techniques to prevent some patients from needing a pacemaker.

Read more >>

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

Amanda was only 31 at the time, but her heart was failing. She tells her story of how Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), an advanced technology available at WellSpan York Hospital, helped save her life.

Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)

A ventricular assist device (VAD) is often recommended for patients with late stage heart failure. It can be used as a bridge-to-transplant or as destination therapy for those who are not candidates for a heart transplant. VADs can help improve your quality of life as you continue your heart failure treatment and management plan.


News

Get With The Guidelines

WellSpan Health recently received 12 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines awards at its six acute-care community hospitals. The awards recognize the hospitals’ achievements in stroke and heart-related care.


Structural Heart Program

Our specialized team can find the right therapy for you.

Structural heart disease often requires a specialized, skilled treatment approach. The team at WellSpan Health is here to help you manage your unique heart condition and improve your quality of life.

Learn more about the Structural Heart program.


Week 1

Peripheral Arterial Disease – Overview of Diagnosis and Treatment

Learn more about this common circulatory problem—Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)—in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs. Dr. Sharma will also share information about some of the treatments for PAD.

Health talk by Aditya Sharma, MD, Interventional Cardiologist
Pre-recorded

Heart Attack Survivor Urges Others to Know Their Risk

On a spring morning, 69-year-old Mark Deist was sitting in his living room. He was getting ready to have breakfast with his wife who was still upstairs getting ready for the day. Suddenly, Mark felt "strange." Mark's wife drove him three miles to the WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital Emergency Department. When he arrived, Deist was rushed back to a room where emergency staff began hooking him up to monitors. A team of physicians, advanced practice providers and nurses rushed to stabilize Mark, ordering a chest X-ray. When his vitals became unstable, staff performed CPR and gave Deist an electric shock to help his heart return to a normal rhythm. Mark Deist had a heart attack.

Read more >> 

Motivation

When winter blows in, you can pull the blankets over your head and go back to sleep—or you can suit up and head out for an outdoor winter adventure! The American Heart Association offers these tips for working out in the cold of winter.

Learn more about staying active in cold weather  >>

Know Your Numbers



Learn Your Heart Health

Discover your heart health and risk factors with our assessment.

Take the Test >>
Heart month fact

Decline in Ideal Heart Health Begins Early for Teen Girls

Keeping girls between ages 9 and 19 physically active and eating healthy while avoiding smoking and teen pregnancy may slow a decline in their ideal heart health during those ages.

Learn more about heart health in teen girls  >>

Exercise

Are you fitting in at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of heart-pumping physical activity per week? If not, you’re not alone. However, being more active can help all people think, feel and sleep better and perform daily tasks more easily.

Learn more about heart healthy exercise  >>

Nutrition – Mediterranean Eating Pattern

A Mediterranean eating pattern is a way of eating based on the traditional cuisine of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea that is associated with prevention of heart disease along with other health conditions. The style of eating is high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, and olive oil. Meals are based around these previously listed components instead of being focused around meat. 

Learn more about Mediterranean Eating Pattern  >>

Events

FRI
5
FEB

National Wear Red Day


Week 2

Living with Heart Failure

Health talk by Tanya Minich, MSN, ACNP, CHFN
February 8
12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Heart Failure may not be curable, but it is treatable. Learn the importance of your diet, paying attention to symptoms, and taking your medications. Discuss lifestyle changes, available medications, and new treatment options.

Learn more and register >>

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Experience matters! Our teams recently completed their 1000th TAVR Procedure (transcatheter aortic valve replacement). This minimally invasive procedure helps patients who otherwise might have needed open-heart surgery. Our teams are also using new techniques to prevent some patients from needing a pacemaker.

Read more about TAVR program.

Meditation; Gratitude

We all could use a little more positivity and encouragement, especially when starting something new. The American Heart Association offers these quick and easy ways you can jump-start your journey to becoming Healthy for Good.

Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

If you have signs or symptoms of a heart attack, acting fast to get treatment quickly could save your life. Learn the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

Preeclampsia

Women who have had preeclampsia have three to four times the risk of high blood pressure and double the risk for heart disease and stroke. However, research shows that there are many ways for women to protect their heart health and that of their families and possibly reduce these risks. Learn more about preeclampsia and heart disease risk.

Exercise

Warm up to cool weather workouts. The American Heart Association offers these tips to stay warm when working out in cold weather.

This Week's Events

Registration is required for all events online or by calling (800) 840-5905. Once you have registered, an email with Zoom information will be sent closer to the event date. Please be sure to check your spam folder for emails from WellSpan regarding the Zoom link and other important updates.

TUE
9
FEB

Weis Cooking Demo

5 – 6 p.m.

The class begins with an Introduction to Heart Smart Eating followed by a cook-along demonstration where participants will make Salmon Cakes with Sriracha Aioli. The ingredients do not need to be measured out ahead of time. However, there are a few things that do need to be done prior to the class, so please refer to the class document for ingredients, materials and preparation instructions.

TUE
9
FEB

Virtual Yoga

6 – 7 p.m.

Join us for a free 60-minute yoga session led by a local registered yoga instructor. This virtual event is designed for those who have never tried yoga before and are looking to explore new ways to increase physical activity and reduce stress for a healthier heart. There will be a brief educational session on stress and heart health prior to yoga. For more information call (717) 262-4472.

SAT
13
FEB

Heart Healthy Express Class

Pre-recorded

Whether you have been diagnosed with heart disease or are looking to improve your diet, come learn how to reduce your risk of heart disease through proper nutrition. Boost your knowledge on how nutrition impacts cholesterol and learn tips on avoiding sodium for heart failure and high blood pressure. We will review the American Heart Association’s dietary guidelines and how to apply these guidelines to read the new nutrition facts label and make healthy food choices.

Watch the video

Week 3

Guided Meditation

Health talk by Mihir G. Modi, DO, FAAFP
February 15
12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Heartfulness is about connecting to the best within oneself, to one’s own heart. Medical research has shown Heartfulness practices, which incorporate relaxation exercises and meditation, improve overall wellbeing, sleep and reduce stress. Please join this wonderful session and experience its beauty and simplicity. Make it a part of your regular practice and enjoy a lifetime of benefits!

Watchman Device

The WATCHMAN device is an Implant that can help reduce stroke risk from atrial fibrillation—an abnormal heart rhythm that results in an irregular heartbeat. This is one of the of leading treatments and technologies the cardiac specialists at WellSpan Health offer to reduce stroke risk.

Read about the first patient in PA to be implanted with new Watchman device.

Motivation

Do you have trouble staying energized for your post-workday workout? Try these tips from the American Heart Association to keep your energy going strong so you can move more.

Heart Disease Risk Factors/Prevention Tips

You can do a lot to protect your heart and stay healthy. Heart-healthy living involves understanding your risk, making choices, and taking steps to reduce your chances of getting heart disease. Learn more about understanding heart disease risk factors.

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD)

Sometimes a heart attack is not just a heart attack, but the result of spontaneous tearing in the coronary artery wall. Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is an uncommon occurrence, but because it occurs suddenly, it’s important to recognize the symptoms and get treatment immediately. Learn more about SCAD.

Exercise

Balance exercises, such as standing on one foot or walking heel-to-toe, are part of a healthy fitness routine, especially for older adults who may be more at risk of falls. Learn more about balance exercises.

Nutrition – DASH

DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is a flexible eating plan that endorses a heart healthy eating pattern that has been shown to lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol in the blood. Learn more about the DASH eating plan.

Events

MON
15
FEB

Helping Hearts Support Group

6 – 7 p.m.

Helping Hearts Support Group lends emotional support and encouragement, so you don't feel alone when dealing with heart disease. The group also provides a great source of information through our speaker network.

THU
18
FEB

Virtual Yoga

12 – 1 p.m.

Join us for a free 60-minute yoga session led by a local registered yoga instructor. This virtual event is designed for those who have never tried yoga before and are looking to explore new ways to increase physical activity and reduce stress for a healthier heart. There will be a brief educational session on stress and heart health prior to yoga. For more information call (717) 262-4472.

THU
18
FEB

Go Red for Women Digital Experience

5:30 p.m.

Register for the Zoom event at Heart.org/YorkPAGoRed. A silent auction opens Feb. 16 at 8 a.m. and closes Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. You can register for the online silent auction at YorkAdamsGoRed2021.ggo.bid

Week 4

Women's Heart Health

February 22
6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Health talk by Rhian E. Davies, DO MS FACC

A general overview of heart disease will be shared with a specific focus on how women present when they have a heart attack. Also, risk factors and how to control them—for example diet—will be discussed along with risk factors that cannot be controlled, for example genetics. Some services provided by WellSpan cardiologists will be highlighted, including stress tests and interventional procedures, such as heart catheterizations and pacemaker placements.

ECMO

Amanda was only 31 at the time, but her heart was failing. She tells her story of how Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), an advanced technology available at WellSpan York Hospital, helped save her life.

Meditation; Loving Kindness

Loving-kindness meditation is a way to practice feeling unconditional compassion for ourselves and all beings. Some studies suggest it can help boost your empathy and feelings of connection and reduce bias, anger, depression and anxiety. Learn more about this meditation.

Horizon Planning – Five Wishes

Horizon Planning® is not just about old age. At any age, a medical crisis could leave you too ill to make your own health care decisions. Even if you are not sick now, developing an advanced care plan and making health care plans for the future are important steps toward making sure you get the medical care you would want, even when doctors and family members are making the decisions for you. Everyone has a health horizon. Learn more about Horizon Planning.

Menopause and the Heart

Heart disease risk rises for everyone as they age, but for women symptoms can become more evident after the onset of menopause. Learn how to reduce your risk and remain heart healthy.

Exercise

You can get active in lots of ways, but walking is one of the easiest. For most people, it’s safe, easy to stick with, and low- or no-cost. It doesn’t require any special skills or equipment. Learn about the benefits and how to get started from the American Heart Association.

Nutrition

A whole food plant-based diet is where food comes exclusively from plant foods, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans and legumes. This type of diet has been shown to prevent heart disease as well as manage—and sometimes even reverse—heart disease. Learn more about a whole food, plant-based diet.

Events

FRI
26
FEB

Virtual Paint Night

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us for our annual Paint Night to celebrate National Heart Month, hosted by Connie with Paint and Enjoy. This year’s paint night will be a virtual event with all supplies provided and free of charge! Once registered you will receive a link on how to obtain your FREE materials and the Zoom link for the virtual paint night.