"Maintaining a Healthy, Happy Heart" Topic of Upcoming Free Lecture

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Feb. 19, 2008 – According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death in the United States. However, adopting a healthier lifestyle can help you reduce your risk for heart attack or other cardiovascular event. To learn ways to lessen your chances of developing CVD or having another cardiac event, the public is invited to attend the free lecture, “Maintaining a Healthy, Happy Heart.” This presentation, part of the Southeast Georgia Health System’s ongoing series of free community lectures, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., in the Linda S. Pinson Conference Center on the Brunswick Campus, 2415 Parkwood Drive.

The speaker for this event is Michael H. Butler, MD, board certified interventional cardiologist. Butler is a graduate of the University of Michigan and completed his medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. He completed his residency at Emory University in Atlanta, and a fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Butler is the chief of the Cardiology Department at the Brunswick Campus and is also the primary investigator for the Health System’s participations in the Atlantic C-PORT, the Cardiovascular-Patient Outcomes Research Team clinical trial. The Brunswick Campus is one of only 10 hospitals in Georgia participating in this program. The trial is led by Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions to determine if cardiac stents and angioplasty procedures performed at hospitals without open-heart surgery services have comparable outcomes to procedures performed at hospitals with open-heart surgery services.

During the lecture, Butler will discuss ways to keep your heart healthy, and for persons who have had one or more cardiac events, he will offer advice on avoiding further problems. Butler will also answer questions from the audience and light refreshments will be served.

To reserve a seat for this lecture or any other lectures in the series, please call 912-466-5160 or register online at www.sghs.com and click on the Calendar of Events.