Baystate Announces Heart and Vascular Health Lecture Series

SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Medical Center will hold its annual Heart and Vascular Health Lecture Series during the month of February beginning with a look at “Managing Your Medications Safely” on Sunday, Feb. 1.

The Heart and Vascular Health Lecture Series, presented by Baystate Heart and Vascular Services as part of American Heart Month, will focus on presentations designed to assist participants in learning how they can maintain or improve their heart and vascular health. All lectures will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Pamela Jean Liebro, a clinical pharmacist and herbal specialist at Baystate, will present the first of four free seminars at Baystate Health’s Education Center at 361 Whitney Ave. in Holyoke. Her presentation will focus on how to be an active partner in one’s own heart health and medication management by knowing the purpose and side effects of each medication being taken.

The free lectures will continue with “Atrial Fibrillation: What It Is … and How It’s Treated,” Feb. 8, featuring Dr. Marshal Fox, electrophysiologist, Cardiology Division, Baystate Medical Center; “Arterial Vascular Disease and Treatment Options,” Feb. 15, featuring Dr. Mark Hirko, chief, Vascular Surgery, Baystate Vascular Services; and “Updates in Robotic and Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery,” Feb. 22, featuring Dr. Joseph Flack, III, cardiothoracic surgeon, Cardiac Surgical Associates of Western Mass.

Light, heart-healthy refreshments will be served, and educational handouts on heart and vascular health will be provided. Parking is free. Registration is required for each session by calling Baystate Health Link at (413) 794-2255 or (800) 377-HEALTH outside the Springfield calling area.

In addition, Baystate offers full HDL/LDL cholesterol screenings on the first and second Wednesdays of each month from 7:30 to 10 a.m. for $10 at its outpatient care facility on 3300 Main St. in Springfield. A 12-hour fast is required before the screening. To register, call Baystate Health Link at (413) 794-2255 or (800) 377-HEALTH outside the Springfield calling area.