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Cardiac Disease Prevention is Topic of Nov. 12 Program

"Statins for All?" is the topic of a Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute "Mini-Medical School" educational program set for November 12.

Interventional cardiologist William Phillips, M.D., chief of cardiology at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute (CMHVI), will discuss how the use of statins to reduce cholesterol can be used in combination with primary prevention to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular disease. Primary prevention includes proper diet and exercise.

Statins are a class of drugs frequently prescribed for individuals who have not experienced a cardiac event such as a heart attack, but have high cholesterol levels that contribute to cardiovascular disease.

Phillips is one of CMHVI's founding physicians. He came to the greater Lewiston-Auburn area from Johnson City, N.Y., where he worked with a group physician practice. He also served as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Binghamton clinical campus of the State University of New York (SUNY) Health Science Center in Syracuse, N.Y.

He has extensive experience in diagnostic and interventional cardiology, including cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, stenting, and pacemaker implantation. He helped create an interventional cardiology program at United Health Services Hospitals in Binghamton, N.Y. At CMHVI-Central Maine Medical Center, he has been instrumental in establishing a field activation system involving area emergency responders. This system has reduced the treatment time for many heart attack patients, which reduces death and disability caused by heart attack.

Phillips earned his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, and served a general surgery internship and residency training in internal medicine at St. Luke's\0x2011Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. He also completed fellowship training in cardiology at the same hospital.

He is certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

The Mini-Med presentation is set for 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing and Health Professions, 70 Middle Street, Lewiston.

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

Anyone wishing to register for any of the programs, or seeking more information, is urged to visit www.cmmc.org/events , call 795-8448 or email prevention@cmhc.org

"Statins for All?" is the last in a series of six "mini-med" presentations sponsored by the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute as part of its yearlong tenth anniversary celebration.