Baystate to Launch Virtual Heart & Vascular Health Lecture Series on Feb. 4

SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Health will hold its popular free Virtual Heart & Vascular Health Lecture Series during the month of February, beginning with a look at “Minimally Invasive, Maximally Effective: New Technologies in the Cardiac Cath Lab” on Sunday, Feb. 4.

The Virtual Heart & Vascular Health Lecture Series, presented by the Baystate Heart & Vascular Program as part of American Heart Month, will focus on the latest advances in heart and vascular care. All sessions will start at noon, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Baystate cardiac surgeon Dr. Andrew Goldsweig, medical director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, will lead the first lecture, focusing on the latest devices and innovations used in the Cardiac Cath Lab for procedures such as valve replacement, stroke prevention, and more.

In addition to being held online as a webinar, Goldsweig’s presentation can also be attended in person at the Baystate Health Education Center on 361 Whitney Ave. in Holyoke. This is the only lecture in the four-part series to also be held in-person.

The free lectures will continue with “Heart at Work: the Pharmacist’s Role in Cardiovascular Health” on Sunday, Feb. 11, presented by Baystate pharmacists Jared Ostroff and Anna Mortali. They will discuss cardiac care and improving outcomes with pharmacologic involvement and advances.

On Sunday, Feb. 18, the virtual series continues with “Advancements in Bypass Surgery,” presented by cardiologist Dr. David Bull, vice president and medical director of the Heart and Vascular Program. He will talk about cardiothoracic and vascular surgery as well as advances in preventing strokes during bypass surgery.

The series will end on Sunday, Feb. 25 with “Ozempic, Zepbound, and More: Behavioral Interventions & Weight-loss Medications for Heart Health,” presented by Dr. Michele Gortakowski. She will discuss new medications and advances in medically assisted weight loss, as well as behavioral interventions that can improve weight-loss efforts.

Registration is required for each session by clicking here.