Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

January 24, 2007

Verizon makes gift to anti-abuse center

The Verizon Foundation recently donated $52,500 to Anne Arundel Medical Center's foundation to bolster and support its Abuse and Domestic Violence Program.

The donation will help AAMC buy 250 safety planning kits for victims of domestic violence.

Tailored for each victim based on individually developed safety plans, the kits include a set of small and concealable gift cards that provide emergency financial support for a victim of violence who must quickly leave a dangerous environment.

Information: 443-481-1209 or www.askAAMC.org.

Treatment may help ease heart problems

People suffering from certain heart conditions such as chronic stable angina might benefit from a painless, noninvasive cardiac therapy now offered at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

"External counterpulsation" treatment redirects blood flow around blockages through nearby vessels that are either unused or under-used. The increased volume of flow restores oxygen-starved regions of the heart muscle by allowing more oxygenated blood to reach those areas.

During the session, a technician wraps large inflatable cuffs around the calves, thighs and buttocks of a patient reclined on a padded table. These cuffs, much like blood pressure cuffs, are sequentially inflated to assist blood flow through the body.

Each ECP session lasts an hour, during which patients may read, watch TV, listen to music, or talk with friends or family. The total treatment regimen consists of one session per day for six weeks for a total of 30 sessions. The effects of ECP are cumulative.

Information: 443-481-1925 or www.aahs.org.

Daffodil purchase aids Cancer Society

Anne Arundel County has set a goal of raising $100,000 in American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days campaign.

Participants can purchase a bunch of daffodils for $10, or add a Hugh R. Hope stuffed bear for a total of $20. Proceeds benefit cancer research, education programs and patient services. Last year residents, school system employees and county workers contributed $84,844. The program, which runs through the middle of February, raised nearly $350,000 statewide last year.

The cancer rate in Anne Arundel County is higher than the state average and is the leading cause of death.

Information: 410-721-4304; or the Gambrills Office of the American Cancer Society, 1041 Route 3, North, Building A.

Healthy lifestyles to be discussed

Anne Arundel Medical Center is offering classes on the importance of healthy lifestyles.

Classes for adults focus on healthy eating habits, lifestyle adjustments and physical activity.

All events will be held at the Sajak Pavilion in the second-floor classrooms.

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. - "Food for Life Balance" will explore the interaction of food with the body, the spirit, movement and laughter. Program will identify the benefits of eating locally, seasonally and organically. Workshop includes food preparation instruction.

Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. - "Active Living Every Day" is a 14-week Tuesday-evening program to help participants gain a better understanding of their health behaviors.

Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - A neuromuscular integrative action class combines dance, yoga and martial arts for total body conditioning and cardio workout.

Information: 443-481-4000.

Flu vaccine available at 3 health centers

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will provide flu vaccines, including shots and FluMist nasal vaccine, to residents on the following dates:

Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Glen Burnie Health Center, 416 A St. S.W., 410-222-6633.

Tuesday - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Odenton Health Center, 1370 Odenton Road. 410-222-6660.

Today, Monday and Jan. 31 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis. 410-222-7247.

Immunizations are free, but donations of $20 are appreciated. Appointments are not necessary.

Information: 410-222-4896 or www.aahealth.org.

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