Published: 02/07/2017

Talk with the Doc: Evangelical’s Experts Discuss Heart Disease - Prevention and Treatment

Evangelical Community Hospital offers a comprehensive team of professionals covering all areas of heart and vascular conditions from diagnosis, to treatment, to rehabilitation. Now those experts are available to talk to you with a FREE discussion focused on prevention and treatment of heart and vascular disease.

A Talk with the Doc discussion focused on heart health will be held at Evangelical Community Hospital on Wednesday, February 22, in the Apple Conference Rooms located at the rear of the O’Keefe Dining Room. A complimentary meal will be offered at 5:30 pm with the talk starting at 6:30 pm. Immediately following the panel discussion, tours will be given of the catheterization labs and the cardiac rehabilitation areas.

The discussion will speak to the signs and symptoms of heart and vascular disease and heart attack risk factors, prevention, and treatment. The importance of rehabilitation and exercise to strengthen the heart for those who have experienced an attack or who have been identified with potential heart-related issues will also be discussed. The panel of experts includes: Petra Lynch, MD, Interventional Cardiologist; Todd Stefan, MD, FACS, RPVI, Vascular Surgeon; Vicki Krebs, RN, Coordinator of Cardiac Rehabilitation; and Christina O’Rourke, RDN, LDN, Dietitian-Nutritionist.

The panel discussion is an opportunity to learn how heart attacks present differently in men and women, who is at a greater risk for heart attack; what can be done now to change lifestyles and prevent heart attacks; and what treatments like catheterizations mean for a healthy heart. There will be a question-and-answer period.

The event is open to the public. Registration is required and can be completed by calling 570-768-3200 or online at

Evangelical employs over 1,600 individuals and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 132 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients, and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming counties