SOURCE: Riverside Medical Center

Riverside Medical Center

February 26, 2009 22:59 ET

HeartFest 2009: Riverside Healthcare Invests in Lives

KANKAKEE, IL--(Marketwire - February 26, 2009) - In keeping with its commitment to good health in the New Year, Riverside Medical Center and Rush-Riverside Heart Center will hold their annual HeartFest 2009 on February 28th, 2009. With the theme of Stress Less: Tools to Protect Your Health, Riverside aims to address the growing stress levels among the general public while at the same time providing proactive means to make changes. Riverside Medical Center has an extensive service history in the southern suburbs of Chicago and heart care is just one of its many award-winning areas of expertise.

The event will provide patients currently going through some stage of a cardiac rehabilitation program and prevention seekers alike the opportunity to engage with experienced staff and learn ways to decrease stress and improve health. This year's HeartFest will offer a range of preventative screenings available to participants by appointment. Featured screenings include blood pressure and pulse oximetry, ECGs, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Stroke Carotid Artery Disease, osteoporosis, and the signature HeartSmart screening.

The sponsors of this event, Riverside Medical Center and the Rush-Riverside Heart Center, represent hospitals in Chicago area that offer the highest quality of cardiac care and follow up. But the activities reach beyond routine and specialized screenings. Participants can also enjoy informative talks, cooking presentations, therapeutic massage, prizes, educational material, and a variety of workshops geared toward reducing stress levels.

Patients who have recently undergone heart bypass surgery generally experience postoperative soreness but are able to return to normal activities within a relatively short timeframe. HeartFest offers opportunities for these patients to learn further preventative measures while keeping up with important health screenings. Long term outcomes following bypass are generally life changing with excellent patient satisfaction.

Cardiac surgeon Dr. Phillip Alexander recently reflected on the quality of heart care at Riverside. "We have the cutting edge technology available to perform complex cardio operations that need to be done. Patients have a good experience. I have been extremely proud and happy to be a part of the system. When you hear positive comments from families and referring doctors, and eventually patients you always feel good about yourself and know you're making a difference."

For further information regarding the world class healthcare offered by Riverside Medical Center visit www.RiversideMC.net, or call (815) 933-1671.

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