News Release

February 2, 2006

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Men’s Night Out: Cardiovascular Health for Men and the People Who Love Them

Topic of February 28 Discovery Series

FARMINGTON, CONN. – The Discovery Series and Celebrate Aging, a free membership program for men and women over the age of 40, have teamed up to bring you a special program during National Heart Health Month. Men’s Night Out: Cardiovascular Health for Men and the People Who Love Them will be held on Tuesday, February 28, at 7 p.m. at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Although heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women, almost twice as many males die of conditions that affect the cardiovascular system. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in four men has some form of heart disease. And for men, heart disease begins to manifest itself about 10 years earlier than women. Some risk factors, such as age, can’t be controlled, but modifying your lifestyle to eat right and exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease.

Peter Schulman, M.D., of the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center will give an informative overview of cardiovascular health for men and discuss the latest prevention guidelines and treatment options. An inspiring personal story will be shared by ESPN anchor, Karl Ravech, who suffered a heart attack at age 33. Ravech says that scare was a “wake-up call” that changed him for the better. Moderator of the program will be Bruce Liang, M.D., director of the cardiology center.

You can also enter to win a basketball signed by the 2006 UConn Huskies men’s basketball team!

The Discovery Series is free and will be held on Tuesday, February 28 (Snow date: March 2), at 7 p.m. in the Health Center’s Keller Auditorium. Registration is required. Please call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692 or email

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