SwedishAmerican hosts free heart failure classes in January

People who have or had heart failure can sign up for a free 12-week program that gives people with heart failure an opportunity to learn and practice a variety of stress-reducing approaches. Participants will get a chance to give their opinions. Do these techniques help? Are they easy to learn? Are they easy to use?

Enrollment for “I CAN HELP: Using Stress-Reducing Approaches to Help Deal with Heart Failure” is being accepted for classes beginning in January 2006. Classes are available Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., or Fridays at 10 a.m., and will be held at SwedishAmerican Hospital.

Participants will receive a $50 incentive after completing the three-month program. A friend or spouse is invited to attend with participants.

I CAN HELP is part of a research study by SwedishAmerican Center for Complementary Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford.

People who have or had heart failure and are interested in participating should contact Kelly Alexander, coordinator, at (815) 489-6007, or kalexander@swedishamerican.org.

From the Dec. 21-27, 2005, issue

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