February is American Heart Month and as a way to help individuals who are living with heart or lung disease lead more active, healthier lives, CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital is holding a free seminar as part of its Lunch & Learn Series on Wednesday, Feb. 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The seminar, which is free and open to the public, includes a heart-healthy lunch and will feature medical experts from the heart, lung and nutrition fields discussing ways to better manage congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as other related topics.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, with about 2,200 Americans dying of cardiovascular disease each day. Cardiovascular diseases, which include stroke, claim the life of about one woman every 80 seconds.

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"A significant amount of the population suffers from heart or lung disease,” said Marie Duffy, Chief Hospital Executive at Christ Hospital. “It is important to educate the population in managing their heart or lung disease, so they can understand the disease process and learn to manage living with the disease. Patient education and information help people to be proactive participants in their care so that they can manage their daily lives with the disease and symptoms and live longer."

Additional topics to be discussed include proper nutrition and use of inhalers. The event will include hands-on demonstrations and a question-and-answer period.

“February is American Heart Month and the perfect time to remind people that you only get one heart and you want to take care of it,” said Dr. Tucker Woods, Chief Medical Officer, Christ Hospital.  “Our Lunch and Learn Series will help patients learn about heart disease and how to better manage themselves for a healthier living.”

Those interested in attending should preregister by emailing Holly.Goroff@CarePointhealth.org or Nancy.Aleman@CarePointHealth.org. RSVPS are requested by Feb. 7.

Anyone seeking additional information may call Nancy Aleman at (201) 341-1310.

The seminar will be held at Christ Hospital,176 Palisade Ave., Jersey City, in Staff Rooms A and B.