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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 3, 2004

Community Program Feb. 18 To Focus On Chest Pain

Area residents are invited to hear University of Iowa Health Care experts discuss chest pain at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, 1220 First Ave. in Coralville.

Every year, approximately 1.1 million Americans suffer a heart attack. Around 460,000 of those heart attacks are fatal. Half of those fatalities occur within one hour of the initial symptoms, before the individual reaches the hospital.

Heart attack symptoms include: spreading pain in the shoulders, neck or arms; chest discomfort; sweating; nausea; and shortness of breath.

Theresa Brennan, M.D., UI assistant professor (clinical) of internal medicine, an interventional cardiologist and director of UI Heart Care, and Stephen Scheckel, M.D., D.D.S., of the Emergency Treatment Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics, will present "Chest Pain: What's New and What You Need to Know." This program will include an overview of chest pain, including discussion of:

-- Heart attack signs and symptoms
-- How men and women experience chest pain differently
-- The latest in treatment options
-- The new Chest Pain Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics

The program is part of the "Health For Your Lifetime" series presented by UI Health Care. This program is free and open to the community. Pre-registration is encouraged.

To register, or for more information, go to, or call UI Health Access at 384-8442 or toll-free at 1-800-777-8442.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

CONTACT: Media: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,; Program: Tom Walljasper, Writer, 319-384-7353,