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Healthy Heart conference aims to display UA medical research

By Jeff Jensen
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
February 11, 2000
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The Arizona Sarver Heart Center will allow the public to glimpse crucial research being conducted at the UA during the Healthy Heart 2000 conference, tomorrow.

"It's a public education conference," said Heather Pierce, conference coordinator.

Doctors and researchers from the Sarver Heart Center, part of the Arizona Health Sciences Center, will discuss their work, participate in panels, lecture and provide tips on how people can take better care of their hearts and protect their health.

In order to promote this conference, organizers put brochures in all the area hospitals and satellite UMC clinics, Pierce said.

Similar conferences have been held for the last three years and the Sarver officials expect about 400 people to be in attendance this year.

"The purpose really is to give people information on how to take care of themselves and what their options are," Pierce said.

This conference will be on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University Medical Center. The $15 registration fee includes a healthy lunch.

The Sarver Heart Center brings together more than 100 physicians and researchers working to prevent heart disease and stroke. This team conducts more than 90 percent of cardiovascular research in Arizona.

The conference program includes discussions on exercise and stress management, medication for heart disease, genetic advances and the artificial heart, nutrition and alternatives to surgeries.

Additionally, patients will be able to speak directly with the doctors, something that many feel is the most valuable portion of this conference.

"We have tried to build in a couple of extra question and answer periods," said Pila Martinez, Sarver Heart Center education coordinator.

Prior to the healthy, buffet style lunch, patients and doctors will speak frankly about heart disease in a session entitled, "Sarver Heart Center physicians and scientists respond to your questions about research, education and patient care."

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