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February 28, 2014

Penn Medicine Teams Up with the City of Philadelphia to Offer Heart Health Screenings to City Employees

Cardiovascular Screenings Wrap Up American Heart Month

PHILADELPHIA — Penn Medicine will join forces with the City of Philadelphia to wrap-up American Heart Month on Friday, February 28th by offering free cardiovascular screenings for city employees.

The screenings, provided by clinicians affiliated with the Penn Medicine Heart and Vascular Center, will involve preventative cardiovascular testing to detect early evidence of heart and blood vessel disease, including blood pressure screenings, cardiac risk assessments, peripheral vascular screening, and abdominal aortic aneurysm screens. The event will also feature information and handouts about smoking cessation.

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in Pennsylvania and across the nation and many times, there are no signs or symptoms. The American Heart Association (AHA) advises that regular cardiovascular screenings are important because they can help patients detect risk factors in their earliest stages. If a risk factor is identified, a patient can act quickly with their healthcare provider to treat the risk factor with lifestyle changes and other medical interventions before it ultimately leads to the development of heart disease.

In conjunction with the screening, Rosetta Lue, Chief Customer Service Officer and Deputy Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia, will share her personal story of overcoming a deadly cardiovascular infection that led to heart failure. Rosetta’s fight against heart disease has led her to become a heart health advocate and she now shares her story and healthy lifestyle tips with audiences around the Philadelphia region.

WHO:

City of Philadelphia employees, Penn Medicine cardiologists, and other healthcare staff will be available for interviews on heart health and the importance of regular cardiovascular screenings.

WHERE:

City of Philadelphia Municipal Services Building
16th floor, Room Y
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Phila. Pa 19107

WHEN:

Friday, February 28, 2014
1:00 – 1:45 PM

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Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 17 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2013 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; Chester County Hospital; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2013, Penn Medicine provided $814 million to benefit our community.

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