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UPMC Experts Educate Community on Heart Health During American Heart Month


January 30, 2024

UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute in Central Pa. is hosting community events throughout February to provide central Pa. residents up-to-date information to keep their hearts healthy. The free events will cover topics and conditions, ranging from maintaining a hearty healthy diet to tips for preventing vascular disease.

“Good heart health starts with conversations about how to reduce your cardiovascular risks,” said Hemal Gada, M.D., president, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute in Central Pa. “We’re pleased to be able to come out to the community to deliver this important information and raise awareness about preventing heart and vascular disease.”

In addition to information on heart-healthy living, participants will learn more about heart and vascular care available through UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute in Central Pa.

Upcoming Heart Health Events:

  • Cooking with a Cardiologist
    • Date: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m.
    • Location: Virtual
    • Description: UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute cardiologists and a GIANT Company dietitian discuss better-for-you-yet-still-touchdown-worthy, Super Bowl food inspirations.
    • Register to attend virtually or call 717-231-8900
  • Preventing Vascular Disease: Tips for a Healthy Circulatory System
    • Date: Thursday, Feb. 29, 6:30 p.m.
    • Location: UPMC Memorial, Entrance B or C, 1703 Innovation Drive, York
    • Description: Join a UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute in Central Pa. expert to learn more about prevalent vascular conditions like carotid artery disease, deep vein thrombosis and peripheral artery disease.
    • Register in advance to attend or call 717-231-8900

In 2023, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute in Central Pa. achieved the distinguished three-star rating, the highest rating possible, from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) in four out of five total categories for patient care and outcomes. This three-star rating places UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute in Central Pa. among the most elite cardiac surgery programs — the top 1% — in the United States and Canada. The team also performed more than 400 transcatheter aortic valve replacements in 2023, making them the first heart program in Pennsylvania to reach this clinical milestone.

“Our skilled and experienced team is ready to take care of patients with a wide range of heart and vascular conditions,” Dr. Gada said. “As we raise awareness of heart disease during American Heart Month, I want to thank our Heart and Vascular Institute team for providing exceptional care to our patients year-round.”

Patients receiving care at UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute facilities across Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, York, Lancaster, Lebanon, Franklin, and Adams counties benefit from groundbreaking research and have local access to more than 80 clinical trials. UPMC experts lead trials in multi-institutional studies, enabling the team to bring the treatments of tomorrow to UPMC today.

For more information on the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute in Central Pennsylvania, visit

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