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Date: 1/23/2014

SPRINGFIELD – Baystate Medical Center will host its popular Heart and Vascular Health Lecture Series during the month of February beginning with a look at “Heart Health” on Feb. 2.

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 inform those attending on the latest advances in heart and vascular care and how they can maintain or improve their heart and vascular health.

Preventive cardiologist Dr. Quinn Pack of the Heart & Vascular Program at Baystate will present the first of four free seminars at the Baystate Health Education Center, 361 Whitney Ave., Holyoke. His presentation will focus on simple steps to maintain optimal heart health with discussion on understanding risk factors and the active role one plays in maintaining his or her heart health.

All lectures will be held from noon to 2 p.m.

The free lectures will continue with “Herbal Products, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,” on Feb. 9, featuring Baystate pharmacist Pam Liebro, RPh, and on Feb. 16 with “Nutrigenomics: The Study of How Food Talks To Our Genes – Can We Alter Our DNA with Food, Diet and Exercise?” present by registered dietitian Kathleen Roberts, RD, LDN, from Food and Nutrition Services at Baystate.

The series will conclude on Feb. 23 with “The Complementary Role of Physical Activity in the Attainment of Optimal Health,” presented by Christopher Higgins, MS, clinical exercise physiologist in Cardiovascular Rehab and Wellness at Baystate.

Heart healthy light refreshments will be served at the lectures and educational handouts on heart and vascular health will be provided.

Parking is free.

Registration is required for each session by calling 800-377-4325.

In addition, Baystate offers full HDL/LDL cholesterol screenings on the 1st and 2nd Wednesdays of each month from 7:30 to 9:15 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 800-377-4325.

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