Heart disease treatment will be focus of conference

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LEWISTON — Central Maine Medical Center will host a Community Outreach Conference on Thursday, Nov. 4. The program is being held in the CMMC Chairmen’s Rooms, located on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building, adjacent to CMMC. The program will begin at 4 p.m. and conclude about 8 p.m.

The program will cover advances in heart disease treatment, with a special focus on women and heart disease. A segment on asthma care will also be presented.

Continuing education hours are available for emergency medical services participants.

Leading off the schedule of events will be William Phillips, M.D., medical director of cardiology at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute. He will discuss “Developments in Cardiology at CMHVI,” including the results of the heart attack program at CMMC-CMHVI.

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“The ED and the Chest Pain Center: Encouraging Activation of 9-1-1” will be the subject of a presentation by Peggy McRae, director of the CMMC Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit.

McRae will explain the function of accredited chest pain center, the transition of patient care from the EMS response to the emergency department environment. She will discuss the “In a Heart Beat” program that was developed to encourage utilization of the 9-1-1 service.

“Women and Heart Disease: ­ What’s New,” will be is the topic of a talk by Cindie Rice, director of cardiovascular diagnostics and cardiac rehabilitation at CMHVI. She will discuss how women with heart disease present to EMS responders, focusing on the differences between how heart disease affects men and women.

“Currents Trends in Asthma Care” will be the subject of a presentation by Gloria Morris, a respiratory therapist at Bridgton Hospital. She will discuss changes in asthma treatment, assessment, treatments, peak flow and protocols.

Anyone seeking more information is urged to call 795-2880 or e-mail raymonho@cmhc.org.

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