UA Sarver Heart Center Presents Healthy Heart Day 2015

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 7:30am to 2:15pm

Join the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center on Saturday, Feb. 7, for an interactive, informative day of heart-healthy presentations, screenings and activities. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Americans. This disease group includes heart failure, atrial fibrillation, heart-valve problems, sudden cardiac arrest, stroke, diabetes and more, and is responsible for about 600,000 deaths and 720,000 heart attacks in the United States each year. Learn how you can partner with health experts to reduce your risks.

Start the day with a health fair, including free screenings for blood pressure, glucose, breathing assessment and medication consults with UA College of Pharmacy students. Browse heart-health information tables. Try tai chi and laughter yoga. Learn about the latest heart health updates from University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center experts.

WHAT:          Healthy Heart Day 2015

WHEN:          Saturday, February 7, 2015, 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

WHERE:        University of Arizona Medical Center - University Campus, 1501 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson AZ 85724

COST:            $35 per person. Register with a friend and receive a $5 per person discount - $60 for two people. Special student rate: $15.

Includes a light breakfast and healthy lunch. The registration fee is not tax deductible and not refundable.

Healthy Heart Day Schedule

7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

  • Welcome
  • Registration and Health Fair
  • Health Screenings provided by University of Arizona College of Pharmacy Students, including blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, breathing assessment and medication consultations. (Bring a list of your medications, including dosages.) Note: these screenings are provided on a first-come, first-served basis until 9:30 a.m. This is a training opportunity for students, so please allow 15 minutes to complete each screening.
  • Ask A Doctor – Review your heart attack risk assessment with Charles Katzenberg, MD, clinical professor of medicine, cardiologist at UA Medical Center North Hills Clinic and founder of the Heart Series.
  • Health Information – Browse information and display areas to learn about new programs and groups focused on preventing and treating heart disease and stroke and clinical trial information.
  • Breakfast – Take a break for a heart-healthy light breakfast.

8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Tai Chi Warm Up –Join Edna Silva, RN, for a relaxing session and introduction to this stress-relieving practice.

9:30 a.m. General Sessions – DuVal Auditorium

Laughter YogaEmily Vance, PhD, will start the general sessions with an energetic introduction to a unique form of yoga.

9:50 a.m. Welcome Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center and chief of the Division of Cardiology

10 a.m. Keynote Address – The Four Keys to Risk Reduction. Charles Katzenberg, MD

Questions & Answers - Dr. Sweitzer and Dr. Katzenberg

11 a.m. Break/Browse information and display areas

11:15 a.m. - Noon Break-out Sessions (Choose one)

  • Tour of the Heart – Learn how 3D imaging helps doctors diagnose and treat heart disease. Raj Janardhanan, MD
  • Cool Catheter Procedures – Get an update on new procedures for unblocking arteries, replacing heart valves and treating other heart conditions. Karl B. Kern, MD, and Kapil Lotun, MD
  • The Science of Tai Chi and Stroke – Hear how tai chi is improving quality of life for stroke survivors. Ruth Taylor-Piliae, PhD, RN
  • Cooking for a Healthy Heart – Get tips on easy ways to add more heart-healthy foods to your diet. Kelli Yee, MS, RD
  • Mindfulness and Heart Health – Learn how the practice of mindfulness can reduce unhealthy stress. Martha Moutray, LMSW
  • Walk with a Doc – Join Dr. Nancy Sweitzer or Dr. Charles Katzenberg for a heart-healthy walk.

Noon - Pick up a heart-healthy lunch

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Lunchtime Panel Question & Answer Session – DuVal Auditorium
Moderated by Nancy Sweitzer, MD, PhD, with Julia H. Indik, MD, PhD, cardiologist; Betsy Dokken, NP, PhD, diabetes expert; Leslie Ritter, RN, PhD, stroke expert.

1:15 p.m. Break/Browse information and display areas

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Break-out Sessions (Choose one)

  • Tour of the Heart – Learn how 3D imaging helps doctors diagnose and treat heart disease. Raj Janardhanan, MD
  • Failure is Not an Option – Get an update on new therapies for living well with advanced heart disease. Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD
  • Atrial Fibrillation – Find out who needs blood thinners and what options work best for different patients. Julia Indik, MD, PhD
  • Beating the Odds Against Diabetes – Learn how to prevent diabetes or manage your condition if you have it. Betsy Dokken, NP, PhD
  • Stroke – When the “FAST” Lane is Good for the Brain – Learn stroke symptoms and how to respond to save brain. Kendra Drake, MD
  • Walk with a Doc – Join Karl B. Kern, MD, or Elizabeth Juneman, MD, for a heart healthy walk.

To register online, visit and click on “Healthy Heart Day 2015” under “News & Events.” Or, call 520-626-4146 or email for more information.

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The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center’s 135 members include faculty from cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, pediatric cardiology, neurology, radiology, endocrinology, emergency medicine, nursing, pharmacy and basic sciences. The UA Sarver Heart Center emphasizes a highly collaborative research environment, fostering innovative translational or “bench-to-bedside” research and working toward a future free of heart disease and stroke.