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WellStar brings speaker series to North Fulton

WellStar is introducing this spring its Speaking About Wellness series to the WellStar North Fulton Hospital community.
The Speaking about Wellness for Healthy Aging Quarterly Seminar Series provides people age 50 and older with the tools to make lifestyle enhancements for their personal health and well-being. The theme for 2018 is “Your Key to Healthy Aging.”

The Speaking about Wellness for Women Quarterly Seminar Series focuses on education, prevention and early intervention information for women of all ages.

The monthly events take place in North Fulton Hospital and include healthy dinner and dessert, presentation by featured speaker, educational materials and a gift. Participants that attend all four programs in the series will receive a special gift at the end of the year.

Genetic Counseling: What It Can Tell Us and What It Cannot
Did you know WellStar offers a comprehensive genetic risk assessment program to help patients identify possible hereditary causes of cancer, cardiac conditions and more? A board-certified genetic counselor can assess an individual’s risk by collecting a detailed family history, reviewing medical history and exploring the possibility of genetic testing for various hereditary syndromes. This presentation will focus on some situations where testing may be appropriate and what information can be helpful to individuals and their relatives from test results.
March 29 Presented by: Sarah Siddiqui, MS, CGC, Board Certified Genetic Counselor, WellStar Center for Genetics and Individualized Medicine

Dr. Laura Rivers Pearson

Healthy Breasts for Life: Beyond October and Pink Ribbons
When it comes to your breast health, do you know what is normal, when to seek medical attention, the latest exam recommendations and the advantages of 3D mammogram screenings? Join us for a presentation on breast health and breast changes across a lifetime.
May 15 Presented by:
Laura Rivers Pearson, MD, FACS, WellStar Medical Group, Breast Surgeon and Sarah Bentley RN, Oncology Services Manager/Breast Nurse Navigator

Heart Health Isn’t Just a Man’s Concern: What Every Women Should Know
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States and causes 1 in every 4 female deaths. Often, women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. A WellStar Health System Cardiologist will help you understand the symptoms and risks unique to women, as well as how eating a heart healthy diet and exercising you can help reduce your risks.
July 10 Presented by: Suresh Ramamurthy, MD, FACC, RPVI, WellStar North Fulton Hospital Cardiology Group

Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis: Do Our Chances Increase with Age?
Do you know the difference between Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis? Even though the names are similar and they both affect your bones, they are two very different diseases. Join us as an Orthopedic surgeon presents on the differences including symptoms, risk factors and treatment options.
September 13 Presented by: Edward Holliger, MD, Resurgens Orthopaedics

Maintaining Your Strength, Balance and Flexibility for Fall and Injury Prevention
Strength, balance and flexibility are important at any age, but we have to work harder as we age to maintain it. Join us as a Physical Therapist from WellStar North Fulton’s Rehabilitation Department will review exercises and activities to help you stay at your best. You will also learn some simple tips to make your home safer to aid in the prevention of falls.
April 24 Presented by: A Physical Therapist from WellStar North Fulton Hospital Rehabilitation Department

Put Your Best Foot Forward: Foot and Wound Care
Your feet are an important part of your body! Learn how aging affects tissue loss on the bottom of your feet and what can happen as a result. This presentation will show you how to inspect your feet, what is considered proper footwear and hyperbaric treatment for diabetic foot wounds.
June 12 Presented by: Debra Gonzalez, BSN, ACHRN, CHT, CWS, Program Director, WellStar North Fulton Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center

Medication Safety: The How, When and Why of Taking Your Medicine
Did you know that some medications need to be taken with food and others with lots of water? Or that some medications should not be taken together? Should you take your medicine in the morning or the evening? These are a few of the questions that will be answered in this presentation to help you make sure you are getting the best results from your medications and are taking them safely.
August 16 Presented by: A Pharmacist from WellStar North Fulton Hospital

Save Your Brain for the Golden Years
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the number one cause of disability in the United States. Early recognition and timely intervention can sometimes make the difference between life and death or a full recovery versus permanent disability. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke, what you can do to decrease your chances of having a stroke and about the different treatments that may be available. Join us to find out what it means to be a Primary Stroke Center and what the advantages of seeking treatment at one are. Blood pressure screenings will be offered at this program.
October 11 Presented by: Edna A. Kennedy, MSN, RN, Stroke Coordinator, WellStar North Fulton Hospital

For more information or to register for these programs, please call 770-956-STAR (7827).