UAB Medicine offers community events for American Heart Month

Cardiovascular disease accounts for nearly 801,000 American deaths.

FebMonth2Throughout February, the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Cardiovascular Institute will raise awareness about heart disease and ways to prevent it as part of American Heart Month with many events, including three communitywide initiatives.

Cardiovascular disease — as an underlying cause of death — accounts for nearly 801,000 American deaths. That is nearly one of every three deaths in the United States, and nearly 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day. However, the disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.

Lunch and Learn: Women and Heart Disease

Friday, Feb. 7: Women and Infants Center, Room 5320 from 12-1 p.m.

Learn about risk factors and prevention. Heart disease survivors and Women Heart representatives Sherron Simmons and Joy O’Neal share their personal stories. A UAB female cardiologist discusses risk factors and answers your questions.

Love Your Heart

Thursday, Feb. 13: The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, Second floor from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Visit the UAB Medicine Cardiovascular Institute information table and show your heart a little love. Heart-health information and giveaways will be available.

Simple Cooking With Heart

Wednesday, Feb. 19: UAB Hospital North Pavilion, Second floor atrium from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The UAB Medicine Cardiovascular Institute and the American Heart Association team up to serve tasty samples and distribute a new recipe booklet.

For more information on heart disease and to find out how you can see a UAB Medicine cardiovascular physician, please visit or call 1-800-UAB-8816.