Heart conference set for Feb. 2

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LEWISTON — “10 Years Forward: The Latest in Cardiovascular Care” is the topic of the 13th annual “A Heart to Heart” Conference on heart disease on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Central Maine Medical Center.

The event will feature three presentations by cardiovascular care specialists, each focusing on the many innovations that have been developed in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the heart and circulatory system.

Doors open at 8 a.m., when students from the CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions will offer free blood pressure screenings. Cholesterol screenings will also be available.

The morning’s schedule of events will kick off at 8:30 a.m. with opening remarks by Susan Horton, executive director of the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute.

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Cardiothoracic surgeon Carmine Frumiento of Central Maine Cardiovascular Surgery will follow Horton with a discussion of the many changes that have evolved in cardiovascular surgery during the last decade.

Frumiento has been with the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute since its opening in 2003. A graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., he earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington. He completed a five-year general surgical residency at the University of Vermont-Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. His training includes a two-year cardiothoracic surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, with a special emphasis on minimally invasive procedures. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Vascular surgeon Allan M. Ingraham, also of Central Maine Cardiovascular Surgery, will next address advances in vascular surgery.

Prior to joining the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute surgical staff in 2006, Ingraham maintained a private practice in Lewiston for many years. He is a graduate of Tufts University in Medford, Mass., and earned his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He completed residency training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the University of Missouri in Columbia. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Cardiologist Dervilla McCann will wrap up the main presentation with a discussion of recent developments in heart care, focusing particularly on women and cardiac disease.

A graduate of Bates College, McCann earned her medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. She completed residency training at New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital, New York City, and served a cardiology fellowship at the Naval Hospital in San Diego. She is certified in cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction, will be the topic of a presentation by Meredith Kendall, R.N.

Kendall holds a master’s degree in nursing education and is a nursing instructor at the CMMC CONHP. She is the author of two books about reiki: “Reiki Nurse: My Life as a Nurse and How Reiki Changed It” and “Reiki Stories: My Hot Hands.”

“Healthy Eating” will be subject of the morning’s final presentation by registered dietitian Kathryn Gosselin.

Gosselin holds a bachelor’s degree in food science and nutrition. She serves as a certified diabetes educator at the Central Maine Endocrinology and Diabetes Center in Lewiston.

The conference is open to public and will be held in the Chairmen’s Room on the lower lever of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building, adjacent to Central Maine Medical Center. There is no charge for participation. Seating is limited to the first 100 registrants.

To register or for more information, call 795-8448. Registrations can also be made via email at prevention@cmhc.org or by visiting the events calendar at www.cmmc.org. Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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