Take Heart: Community Classes Pay Tribute to the Body’s Most Vital Organ

NORTHAMPTON — In recognition of American Heart Month, Hampshire Cardiovascular Associates and Cooley Dickinson Health Care announced their annual heart-health community-education series.

Throughout February, physicians will speak on heart-related topics such as managing heart failure, understanding irregular heart rhythms, and reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Sessions are held at Hampshire Cardiovascular Associates, 22 Atwood, third floor, Northampton.

Speakers and presentation topics include the following:

• Thursday, Feb. 6: “Heart Failure: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments,” with Dr. Sunu Thomas, cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Corrigan Minehan Heart Center.

• Thursday, Feb. 13: “Oh My Quivering Heart: Understanding AFib and Irregular Heart Rhythms,” with Dr. Shalabh Chandra, cardiologist.

• Wednesday, Feb. 19: “Eat Less, Move More: Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke,” with Dr. James Kirchhoffer, electrophysiologist.

• Tuesday, Feb. 25: “Stroke and TIAs: the Basics,” with Dr. Tor Krogius, Emergency Department physician.

Programs are free and open to all, but seating is limited. Light refreshments will be served. To register, click here or call (888) 554-4234.