(O’FALLON, IL)  – On Saturday, February 23, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in partnership Prairie Heart & Vascular Institute and O’Fallon EMS will host a free HEALTHY HEARTS EVENT. The event will take place from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the O’Fallon Library. 

As February is National Heart Health Awareness month, the event will include information on preventative heart health, cardiac services and support with special feature presentation by Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants Cardiologist Atul Shah, MD.

The event will also offer free glucose, cholesterol (requires fasting), blood pressure and height, weight screenings. Guests will then be able to learn about their personal Heart Risk Assessment Score using the screening values collected and talk to clinicians about ways to improve their health.
Additional event features include:

  • Hands-only CPR information and demonstrations

  • Early Heart Attack Care presentation

  • Check the Fridge initiative presentation, giveaways and more.

The schedule of activities is as follows:

  • 9:30am  Welcome

  • 9:40-10:50am  Heart health screenings and educational demonstrations. Hands-only CPR demonstration and Early Heart Attack Care information. Guests will be split into two groups for sessions and screenings during timeframe.

  • 10:50-11:10am Meet Prairie Cardiologist Dr. Atul Shah and learn about new, innovative heart care procedures available at St. Elizabeth’s.

  • 11:10am New Check the Fridge initiative information and giveaways by Prairie Heart & Vascular Institute

  • 11:20am Closing Remarks     

"The Doctors of Prairie are happy to partner with HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O'Fallon EMS services and the local public library in bringing this Healthy Hearts event to the people of the metro east, said Dr. Shah. “As most people are now aware, heart disease still remains the leading cause of death in the US. In addition, many people are disabled because of heart disease that can be prevented. In honor of heart health awareness month, we invite the public to attend this educational event that could potentially help save your life or the life of a loved one."

RSVPs are required. To RSVP to attend the event, visit www.ofpl.info/healthyhearts.

Prairie Heart Institute services are provided at all the hospitals in the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which additionally includes HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland and HSHS Holy Family in Greenville.

Event Flyer attached 

About Prairie Heart Institute
The Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois' network of hospitals and providers is a recognized national heart health care leader, combining the best physicians, protocols and research to ensure the best possible care for heart patients when it matters most. Prairie’s multidisciplinary team of specialists, representing interventional and non-invasive cardiology, cardiac surgery, cardiovascular imaging and cardiac anesthesia, partner to develop individualized care plans while continuously working together to provide patients with innovative and effective cardiovascular care.

Media Contact

Kelly Barbeau

Manager, Marketing & Communications
HSHS Illinois
Office: (618) 234-2120, Ext. 41270

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