Snowstorm bumps Heart to Heart Conference at Rumford Hospital to March 10

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RUMFORD — Due to a snowstorm, Saturday’s Heart to Heart Conference at Rumford Hospital was postponed to Saturday, March 10.

A few spaces are still available, Jane Bubar, hospital spokeswoman, said Friday. Advanced registration is required since space in Conference Room A where the event will be held, is limited.

To register, call 369-1143 and leave a phone number in case more inclement weather forces another postponement.

Heart to Heart registration and a light breakfast will be offered from 8 to 9 a.m., when the first presentation begins.

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 “This promises to be an exciting program this year with staff from the Emergency Department talking about and demonstrating the hospital’s new ability to hook up with neurologists at Massachusetts General Medical Center to help diagnose and treat stroke patients who present at the ED,” Bubar said.

The stroke presentation will be followed by a shorter session: “Exercise as Prescription.”

“If your physician prescribed a ‘medicine’ that could lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, raise your good cholesterol, make you stronger, improve your balance, and lead to a healthier life, would you take it?” she asked.

A panel discussion will follow a short break, covering the basics of heart-healthy eating. It will include information about community gardens and fresh food distribution, nutrition guidelines and how to select foods that satisfy both cardiac and diabetes diet requirements, Bubar said.

Following the panel discussion a light lunch will be served at about 11:45 a.m. There will be door prizes and recipes. The whole event is free.

tkarkos@sunjournal.com

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