MARTINSBURG, W.VA. – February is American Heart Month and National Women’s Heart Health Month. In recognition, WVU Medicine University Healthcare and the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Eastern Division will sponsor a community mini-medical school program on heart disease.

The seminar titled The Broken Heart Syndrome will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16 in the auditorium of the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center on the Berkeley Medical Center campus.  

The guest speaker is Neal S. Gaither, M.D., a cardiologist with Panhandle Cardiology and Vascular Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Cardiac Angioplasty and Interventions. Dr. Gaither is on the medical staff at Berkeley Medical Center and is an assistant professor at the WVU School of Medicine.

Gaither, who helped establish the cath lab at Berkeley Medical Center in 2009, will present an overview of the lab’s performance. Cardiovascular services at Berkeley Medical Center were expanded in 2014 to include a second cardiac cath lab dedicated to device implants (pacemakers, implantable cardiac defibrillators) and peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

Registration for the mini-medical school program begins at 6:30 p.m. with the program to follow from 7-8 p.m. Light refreshments will be offered at the conclusion of the seminar.  

This community mini-medical school program is being offered free to the public as a community service of WVU Medicine University Healthcare and the WVU Health Sciences Center Eastern Division. For more information, call 304-264-1223.

For more information: Teresa E. McCabe, University Healthcare Vice President for Marketing and Development, 304-264-1223