By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- In an effort to raise awareness about heart disease, Health First Heart and Vascular Services is hosting a series of workshops this month, American Heart Month.
From Feb. 12-13, the facility will host three workshops at different locations throughout Brevard County.
On Wednesday, Feb. 12, a "Healthy Eating for a Healthy Heart" cooking demo will be presented by McCauley Reed, Health First dietary director, at the Holmes Regional Medical Center auditorium in Melbourne from 11 a.m. to noon.
Following the workshop will be "Healthy Eating for the Diabetic Diet," presented by Tristan Soyka, RD, LD with Health First Dietary Services, at the Holmes Regional Medical Center Auditorium in Melbourne.
The next day in Cocoa Beach, a workshop called "Hypertension: What You Should Know" will be presented by Ross Goodgellow, DO, a cardiologist with Health First Medical Group, at the Cape Canaveral Medical Plaza Auditorium.
The workshops are a part of a series of events happening throughout Brevard County, designed to raise awareness of the disease and prevention.
"The workshops can be a tremendous source of information on the topics being presented," said Faud Ramadan, Chief of Vascular Surgery and Medical Director of the Vascular Laboratory at Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center. "The speakers are highly experienced professionals, who are experts in their fields."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with 323 per 100,000 people dying in Brevard County, as a result of the disease, from 2008-10.
Dr. Ramadan said that the workshops are designed to encourage and attract people to attend.
"The workshops take place in an informal, comfortable setting that promotes interaction with the speakers and allows for questions and answers," Dr. Ramadan said. "During our workshops, people can expect slide presentations on specific topics of relevance to the heart and vascular (system) by experts on the subject. There will be an opportunity for free blood pressure screens, prior to the presentation."
Seven more workshops will be presented throughout the county from Feb. 19- 28.
"These workshops are quite informative and cover exciting, state-of-the-art advances in cardiovascular health," Dr. Ramadan said. "I believe members of our community will find them very worthwhile."
The Holmes Regional Medical Center Auditorium is located at 1350 S. Hickory Street in Melbourne.
The Cape Canaveral Hospital Medical Plaza Auditorium C is located at 701 W. Cocoa Beach Causeway in Cocoa Beach.
A light lunch will be served.
For more information, visit www.health-first.org.