February is Heart Month at ColumbiaDoctors and across the country, and our cardiology team has created a host of activities to focus awareness on heart health.
“We don’t just want to raise awareness about heart disease. We need to show our faculty, staff, and the community how they can make healthy lifestyle choices to prevent heart disease,” said Nisha Jhalani, MD, FACC, assistant professor of medicine with the Division of Cardiology, who is the faculty sponsor of this event.
“There’s much more that we can do to show support for this on campus, and so this year, we’re inviting the entire Columbia community to participate in our events for the month,” she said.
The packed calendar of events during the month of February will include screenings, cooking demos, talks about heart health and even a walk through Milstein Hospital, putting the spotlight on the expertise of our cardiology team, which is ranked No. 3 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
Feb 3: National Wear Red Day
Show your support by Wearing Red and join our group for a one-mile walk inside Milstein Hospital — a.k.a. the “Milstein Mile.”
Feb. 7: Healthy Cooking Demo
Executive chef Josh Tomson from The Lodge at Woodloch will host a heart-healthy cooking event.
Feb. 13: Dr. Oz on Heart Health
Come see Dr. Mehmet Oz in person, and hear him talk about heart health. Space is limited, and the event will be held at the Myrna Daniels Auditorium at Milstein Hospital.
Feb. 14: Love Your Heart Day
Be sweet to yourself on Valentine’s Day by joining us with yoga, reiki, aromatherapy, meditation, massage, stress management, and more.
Feb. 23: Salud a Tu Corazon: Listen to ColumbiaDoctors cardiologist Julie Ramos, MD, speak about heart disease in Spanish.
Feb. 28: Know Your Heart Score Screening
Major screening event with cardiac risk assessment and counseling with experts. Philip Green, MD,
from the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy (CIVT), will be on hand with an easy test for peripheral vascular disease using the “ankle brachial index” (ABI). There will also be experts from the structural heart disease program and women’s health.