Princeton Cardiologist to Speak at MCCC Feb 14

"Women and Heart Disease: Why is it Largely Under-Diagnosed"

1-22-08

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- During National Heart Health month Dr. Banu Mahalingam, a Princeton-based cardiologist, will present a lecture on "Women and Heart Disease: Why is it Largely Under-Diagnosed?" as part of Mercer County Community College's Distinguished Lecture Series. Free and open to the public, the talk will take place on Thursday, Feb. 14, at noon on the college's West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road, Communications Building, room 110.

A specialist in cardiovascular diseases and hypertension, Dr. Mahalingam has dedicated herself to educating women, seniors and minorities about heart disease. Her presentation will focus on the risk factors, pathogenesis, and diagnosis and treatment options for heart disease. She will also discuss what to expect in the future as well as the progress made with ongoing research.

Dr. Mahalingam is a member of the medical and dental staff of Princeton HealthCare System and practices at Cardiology Associates of Princeton. A graduate of Madras Medical College in India, Dr. Mahalingam completed her internship and residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She completed her fellowship training at UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

According to MCCC Associate Professor of Nursing, Barbara Kunkel, the American Heart Association says cardiovascular disease is the Number one killer of women, and stroke is the Number two killer of women over age 25. "This information is vital to help increase awareness about the warning signs and risk factors," Kunkel said. She urges women to visit the Heart Association's website at http://www.goredforwomen.org/ for more information and to complete an online assessment tool for risk factors..

To learn more about the lectures at Mercer County Community College, click here or call 609-570-3324.

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