Jan 16, 2024 Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset Celebrates Heart Month throughout February with Multiple Community Events

SOMERVILLE, NJ (January 8, 2024) – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, will recognize Heart Month this February with several in-person events and health screenings scheduled throughout the month.

Go RED Fashion Show & Family Health Festival

RWJUH Somerset and Bridgewater Commons join forces again on Saturday, February 17, 2024 from 12 to 3pm to present an exciting health focused family festival on the Lower Level and a red-styled fashion show, hosted by Stylist Leslie Patrizio, in Center Court featuring heart survivors and heath care practitioners modeling clothing provided by the mall’s shops. Hair and makeup provided by Tara Beauty Salon & Spa. Family activities to include kids’ fitness sessions, friendship bracelet workshops, heart healthy nutrition, a Teddy Bear Clinic and face painting.

RWJUH Somerset Cardiology Services will educate attendees about the symptoms of heart disease in women, strategies for good heart health and provide free blood pressure screenings.

Event guests will also be able to enter to win a $500 shopping spree to any of the participating shops in the fashion show and receive access to special offers at the mall

For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/47LQTZX

Cardiac Athletic Screening

RWJUH Somerset will hold its annual Cardiac Athletic Screening on Saturday, February 3, 2024 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the hospital’s Cardiac Diagnostic Testing Department.

This screening is offered to young athletes ages 14-18 and can help determine risk for sudden cardiac arrest.

The cardiac screening is free but an appointment is required. Please call 908-685-2414 to schedule an appointment.

In addition, RWJUH Somerset will be hosting the following “heart-healthy” focused events in February:

HealthHike: A “Walk and Talk” on the Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Heart Health

Wednesday, February 7

10 to 11 a.m. (9:30 a.m. group walk)

Bridgewater Commons Mall Community Hub

Join Talia Cohen, RD, CDES, registered dietitian at RWJUH Somerset and Shauna Alvarez, Executive Chef and Program Manager America’s Grow-a-Row at the Hub for a discussion on the anti-inflammatory diet and enjoy a cooking demonstration and food samples. Take a walk around the mall as a group. HealthHike walkers will be able to log miles and receive health information and recipes.

To learn more and register, please visit https://bit.ly/47zv5Bq

Walk with the Doc

Saturday, February 10

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Food Court at Bridgewater Commons Mall

Walk 2 miles with RWJUH Somerset cardiologist Steven Georgeson, MD and other health-minded community members. At the end of the walk, there is a 10 to 15-minute presentation on a topic relevant to heart health and disease. Participants are encouraged to ask questions.

No registration is required.

Brunch with the Cardiologist: Cardiovascular Disease…Take It to Heart

Tuesday, February 13

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

RWJUH Somerset

Fuld Auditorium

Join RWJUH Somerset cardiologist Alpesh Patel, MD for brunch and an informational program. Participants will learn about strategies to promote heart health, signs and symptoms of heart disease, the various types of heart disease (i.e. coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, heart failure and heart valve disease), risk factors, causes, diagnostic tools and advanced treatment options.

To learn more and register, please visit https://bit.ly/3N5Ib0M

Heart Rate Variability and Arrhythmias: When Your Heart Skips a Beat

Thursday, February 22

10 to 11:30 a.m.

Somerville Elks

During this program, participants will learn about heart rate variability (HRV), how to measure your heart rate, normal ranges, causes of variability, the difference between HRV and arrhythmias, risk factors for arrhythmias, the different types, causes, diagnostic tools and treatments. Sanjukta Sanyal, MD, cardiologist at Medicor Cardiology, a partner practice of RWJBarnabas Health, will lead the program.

To learn more and register, please visit https://bit.ly/47MV6wQ

Clear Paths to Your Heart: An Open Discussion on Arteriosclerosis

Tuesday, February 27

1 to 2:30 p.m.

Somerville Elks

Learn prevention strategies to avoid plaque build-up, modifiable and unmodifiable risk factors, signs & symptoms, causes, diagnostic tools and treatment options from RWJUH Somerset cardiologist Oxana Ovakimyan, MD.

Participants will receive heart healthy snacks and healthy recipes.

To learn more and register, please visit https://bit.ly/3N5kFky

About RWJ University Hospital Somerset

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset is a nationally accredited, 339-bed hospital in Somerville, New Jersey, providing comprehensive emergency, medical/surgical and rehabilitative services.

The Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has been honored with the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The hospital is also distinguished for its Joint Surgery Institute, receiving the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery, and is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has been named a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation. In addition, it has received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its acute myocardial infarction program.

Honored as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign, the hospital was the first in New Jersey to offer primary care services for the LGBTQIA community.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset also offers outpatient services at convenient locations in Central New Jersey, including physical therapy services in Bridgewater, Hillsborough, Princeton and Flemington and an urgent care center and a sleep disorders center in Hillsborough. In addition, the hospital’s affiliated physician practices provide care for families throughout its community.

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Kathleen Roberts