Check Your Heart
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but it's preventable.
To identify and treat heart disease early, it's crucial to get your heart checked in person or virtually. You'll learn your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, weight, and family history. It's also important to understand that heart disease affects women and men differently.
Experts from the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute have teamed up with the American Heart Association and the Pittsburgh Penguins® to encourage you to check your heart and keep your health on track.
We have digital resources, heart health webinars, and opportunities for in-person and virtual consultations with our experts. We hope to provide you with helpful information to keep your heart healthy.
Don't delay care. Schedule an appointment with our experts.
Please Note: This form does not register you for a webinar. Visit the Check Your Heart Webinar Series section to select the topic and click "register now" to reserve your spot.
Check Your Heart Webinar Series
Throughout the month of February, experts from the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute are offering a series of webinars. These will help the community learn about heart disease risk factors, women's cardiology, and heart health disparities, among other topics. View the virtual events below.
Lakshmi Kavitha Kalluri, MD, a cardiologist with UPMC Blair Medical Associates, part of the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Altoona, will talk about the most effective ways to lower your risk of developing heart disease, including lifestyle changes and the importance of knowing your numbers. Dr. Kalluri will also briefly cover risk factors, and she will touch on signs and symptoms that could indicate the need to see a cardiologist.
Daniel Ciaburri, MD, a cardiac surgeon with the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, will give an overview of the surgical treatments available at UPMC Altoona for diseases and conditions of the heart, including valve replacement and repair, coronary bypass surgery, and surgical treatments for atrial fibrillation. He will talk about both open heart surgeries and minimally invasive procedures. Dr. Ciaburri will discuss the types of patients that might be candidates for these procedures, and he will touch briefly on the things patients can do both before and after surgery to aid in an easier recovery.
Nick Madden, DO, a vascular surgeon at UPMC Altoona, will talk about peripheral artery disease, a condition in which narrowed blood vessels reduce blood flow to the legs or arms. Dr. Madden will discuss the signs and symptoms of the disease, when to see a doctor, testing, and treatment options.
Join our UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute cardiologists and a dietitian with the GIANT Company for a Greek-themed heart-healthy cooking demonstration paired with nutritional tips and new ingredients to try in your kitchen.
- Michael Bosak, MD, cardiologist
- Ashley Zinda, DO, cardiologist
- Shanna Shultz, RD, LDN, dietitian, The GIANT Company
To register for this virtual program, please visit the UPMC Virtual Events page or call 717-231-8900.
Do you know how healthy your heart is? What do you do each day to have a healthier heart? Join cardiologist, Christopher Haas, DO, for a special virtual presentation on how lifestyle choices affect your heart health.
Schedule An Appointment Using MyUPMC
Already have a heart doctor? Schedule an appointment with them using MyUPMC! Simply log in to MyUPMC, select 'Schedule Appointment,' and choose an available date and time with your provider.
Select your heart and vascular specialist and an appointment date and time that works for you, and you’re all set!
Don’t Have a Heart and Vascular Specialist?
You can search for a provider using UPMC’s provider directory, Find A Doctor, to get connected to the provider of your choice.
Heart Health Resources
Whether in person or virtually, the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute offers heart health awareness, education, and services to help our communities prevent cardiovascular disease. View and download these resources to help keep you and your loved ones healthy.
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Check Your Heart with Charlie Batch and Katie Berlacher, MD
Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States, but it is preventable. Charlie Batch sits down with Katie Berlacher, MD, medical director of the UPMC Magee-Womens Heart Program, to discuss the importance of maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle. Dr. Berlacher explains the risk factors for heart disease in both men and women and the importance of exercise in caring for your heart.