Baystate to Hold Heart and Vascular Health Lectures

SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Medical Center will hold its annual Heart and Vascular Health Lecture Series during the month of February beginning with a look at “Newest Insights into Preventing Cardiovascular Disease” on Sunday, Feb. 6.

The Heart and Vascular Health Lecture Series, presented by the Baystate Heart & Vascular Program 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.

Cardiologist Dr. Peter Robinson of Pioneer Valley Cardiology in Northampton will present the first of four free seminars at Baystate Health’s Education Center at 361 Whitney Ave. in Holyoke. His presentation will focus on helping people identify if they are at risk for heart and vascular disease and how to live a healthier lifestyle.

All lectures will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at 361 Whitney Ave. The free lectures will continue with “Cardiac Surgery in the 21st Century” on Feb. 13, featuring Dr. Daniel Engelman, cardiothoracic surgeon at Cardiac Surgical Associates of Western Mass.; “Navigating the Web and Health Information” on Feb. 20, featuring Margot Malachowski, outreach librarian at Baystate Health Science Library; and “Advances in Interventional Cardiology” on Feb. 27, with Dr. Gregory Giugliano, associate director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Cardiology Research at Baystate Medical Center.

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 (800) 377-4325.

In addition, Baystate offers full HDL/LDL cholesterol screenings on the first and second Wednesdays of each month from 7:30 to 9:55 a.m. at its outpatient care facility on 3300 Main St. in Springfield. A 12-hour fast is required before the screening. The cost is $10. To register, call (800) 377-4325. To learn more about Baystate Medical Center’s life-saving cardiac capabilities, visit baystatehealth.org/heart.