Heart Month

Show your heart some love.

If you have a history of heart disease or are experiencing symptoms that concern you, your heart may be trying to tell you something.

February is American Heart Month, and Palmetto Health is offering a series of free seminars led by cardiologists with expertise in their fields. Join us to be sure you know about the latest treatment options for heart disease.

Seating is limited – register today. Call 803-296-CARE (2273).


Is it old age or aortic stenosis?

Matthew G. Cantrell, MDWhat you may think are normal signs of aging (fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath) could be signs of aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic heart valve which typically occurs in those age 75 and older. Fortunately, a minimally invasive treatment option is available: transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Attend our seminar, led by interventional cardiologist Matthew G. Cantrell, MD, to learn more.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 6, noon–1 p.m. – Palmetto Health Baptist Auditorium
    1501 Sumter St., ground floor, Columbia, SC 29201 map »
    Lunch provided


Atrial fibrillation: determining the right treatment option

Sultan Siddique, MD, and Todd Senn, MDAtrial fibrillation (or Afib) is the most common type of irregular heartbeat. If left untreated, it can lead to blood clots, stroke or heart failure. Our electrophysiologists are experts in treating Afib, and will discuss the latest treatment options including medications, ablations, pacemakers and Watchman™, an implant designed to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with Afib.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 13, and Tuesday, Feb. 20, 6–7 p.m. – Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Birch Classroom
    300 Palmetto Health Pkwy., Columbia, SC 29212 map »
    Light refreshments provided

Pictured: Sultan Siddique, MD – Palmetto Heart (left), and Todd Senn, MD – Columbia Heart


Heart failure: a survival guide

Rebecca S. Napier, MDHeart failure is one of the most common reasons for hospitalizations. As its prevalence has grown, so has the need for changes in the methods of treatment. Advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist Rebecca S. Napier, MD, will speak about the causes and symptoms of heart failure plus the latest solutions for living with heart failure, including CardioMEMS™ – a remote monitoring device to help manage symptoms – and ventricular assist devices.

  • Friday, Feb. 23, noon–1 p.m. – Palmetto Health Baptist Auditorium
    1501 Sumter St., ground floor, Columbia, SC 29201 map »
    Lunch provided
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27, 6‐7 p.m. – Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Birch Classroom
    300 Palmetto Health Pkwy., Columbia, SC 29212 map »
    Lunch provided


Women and heart health: what every woman should know

Cameron Thomasson, NPHeart disease is the leading cause of death for women, though the symptoms in women are often under-reported or undiagnosed. One challenge is that some heart disease symptoms in women may be different from those in men. Join us to understand the unique symptoms of heart disease in women and begin to reduce your risk of heart disease.

Pictured: Cameron Thomasson, NP

  • Thursday, Feb. 15, 6–7 p.m. – Sumter Opera House City Centre
    21 N. Main St., Sumter, SC 29150 map »
    Light refreshments provided


Heart disease: risk factors, symptoms and prevention

Francis Gilliam, MD, and John Rozich, MDHeart disease can lead to heart attack, heart rhythm problems and other life-threatening conditions. Fortunately, knowledge is power. Our cardiologists will help you understand the risk factors for heart disease and how you can prevent it.

Pictured: Rosey Gilliam, MD and John D. Rozich, MD

  • Tuesday, Feb. 27, 6–7 p.m. – Sumter Opera House City Centre
    21 N. Main St., Sumter, SC 29150 map »
    Light refreshments provided

Join us for Women at Heart

Women at HeartPalmetto Health’s Women at Heart Forum and Exhibition will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, 8 a.m.–1:30 p.m., at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, located at 1101 Lincoln St. in Columbia.

Women at Heart is designed to increase heart health among women in the Midlands, and attracts more than 1,000 participants each year. 

Learn more and register »