Mercy Holds Free Education Event On Stress And The Heart

Oct 27, 2008

Mercy Holds Free Education Event On Stress And The Heart

Topic: Dinner program will feature presentations on stress, depression and positive effects of dancing | Contact: Cindy Hickey

Canton, Ohio: The Mercy Medical Center Heart Center will hold a free community education event and dinner on Tues., Nov. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Meyer's Lake Ballroom, 3218 Parkway St. N.W. in Canton.

Entitled "Can Economic Stress Affect Your Heart (and What to Do About It)?," the program will feature Ahmed A. El Ghamry Sabe, M.D., medical director of the Mercy Heart Center, who will discuss the negative impact of stress on the cardiovascular system.

Other presentations will cover depression and the heart, and dancing your way to health. A question and answer session will follow, and information tables will be available.

The event is free but reservations are required. To reserve your seat, please contact the Mercy Healthcare Connection at 330-489-1333 or 1-800-223-8662.

According to the American Heart Association's (AHA) Web site, stress is a reaction to physical, chemical, emotional or environmental factors that varies from person to person. In stressful situations, the body releases the hormone adrenaline, which causes an increase in breathing, heart rate and blood pressure.

Although researchers are unsure if stress by itself increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, it may affect other risk factors and behaviors, including high blood pressure, smoking, physical inactivity and overeating. To learn more, visit AmericanHeart.org, keyword stress.

Mercy Medical Center, a nonprofit corporation of the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 550 physicians on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton and Plain Township. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community, including the provision of care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, see www.cantonmercy.com.

 
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