• MEDIA ADVISORY: SCAI To Host Free Public Education Program on Hearth Health, Including Heart Disease Screenings

    September 08, 2011


    The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) is partnering with the patient support group Mended Hearts, Inc., to host a free heart health event for patients, health care professionals, and others interested in cardiovascular health. The event, “Heart Smarts: Complete Care for Your Heart,” will feature presentations by cardiologists, nurses, and heart attack survivors. The event is part of SCAI’s “Know What Counts” program, a series of regional events designed to inform the public about cardiovascular and health care issues.

    “Our goal for this educational session is to ensure residents of the Morristown community who are impacted by heart disease recognize and understand how to be their best health advocates and evaluate whether they are receiving quality cardiovascular care,” said Barry M. Cohen, M.D., FSCAI, director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Morristown Medical Center's Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute and author of Coronary Heart Disease: A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment. “This event will help patients and the public take a more active role in their heart health, such as making decisions with their cardiologists about the best treatment plan for them.”

    Program Highlights include:

    • Stories from heart patients and doctors about living your best life with heart disease and after angioplasty and bypass surgery
    • Life-saving tips and strategies for heart attacks and overall heart health
    • Helpful insight into tests and medications often recommended for patients with heart disease
    • Information on the value of both cardiac rehabilitation programs and peer-to-peer support for heart patients and their caregivers

    For more information and to register, visit http://www.scai.org/KWC/Morristown or call 800-992-7224. Media are welcome at the event and can register by contacting Kathy Boyd David at kbdavid@scai.org.


    Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011

    10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                           Know What Counts Program

    7 a.m. – 10 a.m.                                  Free heart disease screenings


    Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at the Morristown Medical Center,
    100 Madison Avenue,
    Morristown, NJ 07960


    • Barry M. Cohen, M.D., FSCAI is the director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute and author of Coronary Heart Disease: A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment
    • Gordon “Gus” Littlefield, the president of Mended Hearts, is a heart disease survivor who underwent quintuple bypass surgery in 1998
    • J. Jeffrey Marshall, M.D., FSCAI, is the president-elect of SCAI and director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga
    • Remia Arenas, R.N., is a local expert on cardiac rehabilitation and is speaking on behalf of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.


    SCAI recognizes the importance of bringing together patients, caregivers, physicians, and community health leaders on a local level for a vigorous discussion on cardiovascular heart health that equips patients with the tools and information necessary to take charge of their heart health and be more informed health consumers.

    According to the Cardiovascular Institute of New Jersey, cardiovascular disease is the primary cause of over 30 percent of deaths statewide. This number is expected to increase as the population ages and health risks such as obesity and diabetes continue to become more prevalent. In 2006, it was estimated more than 80 million people in the U.S. had one or more forms of heart disease. A study completed by The World Health Organization (WHO) found by the year 2030, nearly 23.6 million people will die each year as a result of cardiovascular disease.