SOMERVILLE, NJ - In celebration of American Heart Month, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset will host free community health education programs to help promote heart health.

The events include:

·         “Breakfast with a Cardiologist: AFib – Do You March to a Different Beat?”,Tuesday, Feb. 2, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Madeline’s, Bound Brook. Dr. Daniel Frenkel, a cardiologist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, will discuss the causes of irregular heartbeats, the difference between atrial fibrillation (AFib) and sporadic arrhythmia, adverse side effects, symptoms, diagnostic tools and treatments, including the risks versus benefits of ablations. A heart-healthy breakfast will be served.

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·         “Cardio Exercise is Wise for the Heart,” Wednesday, Feb. 3, 10 to 11 a.m., AMC Theatres at Bridgewater Commons. Gary Benedict, an exercise physiologist with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s Sports Physical Therapy and Performance Center in Bridgewater, will discuss the benefits that exercise can have on your heart and provide an overview of various types of exercises. The program is held as part of the hospital’s HealthHike Walking Program.

·         “Cholesterol Cures: New Guidelines to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease,”Tuesday, Feb. 16, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Somerville Elks, 375 Union Ave., Bridgewater. Dr. Edward Rachovsky, a cardiologist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, will discuss the differences between LDL and HDL cholesterol levels, causes of high cholesterol, new guidelines for prevention and appropriate ranges, warning signs and the role of lipid management and aspirin prophylaxis in the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke.

Pre-registration is required for all events by calling 1-888-MD-RWJUH.