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Durham and Scarborough residents invited to community clinics & education sessions

Feb. 3, 2016 February is Heart Month, and the Central East Regional Cardiac Care Program is celebrating with its fifth annual Heart to Heart community cardiac clinics — and new this year, community education sessions on Heart Healthy Eating.

As a leading provider of cardiovascular services, the regional program is committed to community outreach and engagement around heart health. The regional program includes the designated cardiac care centre for Durham and Scarborough, located at Rouge Valley Centenary hospital campus, where life-saving and life-changing regional services are provided — including catheterization procedures and arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) treatment and management. The program also leads the regional cardiovascular rehabilitation service, which is offered at 12 hospital and community sites throughout the broader region — from Durham Region and Scarborough, to Peterborough and Campbellford.

Heart to Heart Community Clinics

Heart to Heart clinics will be held throughout February at local malls and community centres in Pickering, Oshawa and Scarborough. Community members will have the chance to meet with staff from the regional cardiac care program, and get a checkup on their heart health. Staff will be performing blood pressure tests, offering education on heart disease prevention and what to do in the event of a cardiac emergency, and providing consultations on heart disease risk factors.

When and where:

Pickering Town Centre (1355 Kingston Road, Pickering)
Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Oshawa Legends Centre (1661 Harmony Road North, Oshawa)
Thursday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Malvern Town Centre (31 Tapscott Road, Scarborough)
Saturday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

* As one of the regional cardiovascular rehab sites, a clinic is also being held in partnership with the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre at Lansdowne Place on Monday, Feb. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Heart Healthy Eating Education Sessions

Community members are also invited to come learn about heart healthy eating. A registered dietitian from the regional program will be holding education sessions at community centres in Scarborough and Oshawa. The sessions will cover the following topics: Nutrition Science 101, Myth vs. Fact, Making the Right Decisions, Mindful Eating and Healthy Approaches to Eating, and Tips for Smart Shopping.

When and where:

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
(875 Morningside Avenue, Scarborough)
Monday, Feb. 22, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Oshawa Civic Complex
(99 Thornton Road South, Oshawa)
Monday, Feb. 29, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

To register for one of these sessions, please call 416-281-7022 or 1-855-448-5471.

About the Central East Regional Cardiac Care Program

Rouge Valley Health System is home to the Central East Regional Cardiac Care Program for Durham and Scarborough. With a highly qualified and experienced team of more than 20 cardiologists and over 100 health care professionals, the regional program is integrated with the community to ensure excellent, timely care. Each year, more than 6,000 patients are seen by the program for a wide range of cardiac care services, including life-saving emergency and elective interventions to unblock blood vessels in the heart; advanced cardiac imaging to get a better view of what's happening with a patient's heart; pacemaker and ICD implants and electrophysiology procedures to manage and treat arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats); and cardiovascular rehabilitation and education to help patients throughout the broader Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) region to achieve an optimal heart healthy lifestyle. As the designated cardiac care centre for the regional program, Rouge Valley delivers care in partnership with The Scarborough Hospital, Lakeridge Health, and the Central East LHIN.

Rouge Valley Health System – Together—the best at what we do

Rouge Valley Health System is an excellent acute care community hospital with many programs, including 24/7/365 emergency, advanced (level 2C) maternal and neonatal care in a state-of-the art birthing centre, extensive specialized paediatric services, surgery, cancer care, mental health and regional cardiac care. Affiliated with the University of Toronto, Rouge Valley consists of several healthcare sites, including two community hospital campuses: Rouge Valley Centenary in Scarborough; and Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering in west Durham. Together, a team of physicians, nurses and many other professionals care for a broad spectrum of patient health conditions. Working in consultation and partnership with community members, other hospitals, healthcare organizations, the Central East Local Health Integration Network and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Rouge Valley continues to improve its programs and cater to the needs of the growing communities of Scarborough, Pickering, Seaton, Ajax and Whitby.