Date: 2/28/2012

Cardiovascular Research presents Heart Health for Life at annual Symposium

Endocrinologist Anita Swamy, M.D.

Two of the nation’s most critical health issues are the topic of discussion at this year’s free Community Healthcare System Cardiovascular Research symposium. Featured speakers Anita Swamy, M.D. and Jason Little, R.N. will address diabetes and heart disease, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tues., March 13, 2012 at the Centre for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road in Munster.

A board-certified endocrinologist from La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Anita Swamy, M.D. will talk about the growing epidemic of obesity and diabetes. She will also address strategies for prevention and the latest in treatments.

Dr. Swamy serves as medical director and program co-director at Chicago Children’s Diabetes Center at La Rabida. She also is an attending physician in Endocrinology; Instructor in Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Swamy is an advocate for children with diabetes and through La Rabida’s (Chicago’s only certified diabetes program) and another pediatric diabetes program in Chicago, has built a comprehensive protocol that is now being used to treat hundreds of children with Type I and Type II diabetes.

Her diabetes training and honors include the Outstanding Endocrine Fellow Award from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, in May 2008 while serving as Pediatric Endocrinology Fellow; recipient of the Endocrine Fellow Foundation Grant to attend a preceptorship at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles in 2007 and was Pediatric Endocrinology Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2005-06.

A registered nurse and assistant manager of the Emergency department at Community Hospital, Little has been on staff for more than six years. His experience includes both intensive care and immediate care and he is a member of the hospital’s accredited Chest Pain Center team.

He will talk about the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and after a person with chest discomfort dials 911, what they can expect when they reach the Emergency department.

The Heart Health symposium, sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research program of Community Healthcare System, is free of charge. Registration is necessary and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at 219-836-3477 or 1-866-836-3477.