Sunday announcements, March 2

Annual Tri-State Model Train Show

The Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society Inc. is to host its 31st annual Tri-State Model Train Show, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. March 15 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 16 at Greenbo Lake State Park. The park is located at 965 Lodge Road, Greenup, Ky.

The free event includes a a concession stand, model train displays, live steam model train rides, railroad memorabilia for sale and model trains for sale.

For more information, contact the office at Collis P.Huntington Railroad Historical Society Inc., P.O. Box 393, Huntingon, WV 25708, or (304) 523-0364.

Area businesses receive grant funds

COLUMBUS – The B.A. Seitz Fund has awarded 16 grants totalling $22,000 to organizations serving Seneca County.

Recipients are Camp Fire USA Northwest Ohio Council, Christen Counseling Center, Financial Assistance for Cancer Treatment Inc., Fish of Tiffin, Junior Achievement of Northwestern Ohio Inc., North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, Seneca County Agency Transportation, Sisters of St. Francis Convent, The Salvation Army Corps of Tiffin, Tiffin Community YMCA Recreation Center, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, Tiffin-Seneca Teen Center, and Tiffin Seneca United Way Inc.

Stein hosting support group

Stein Hospice, 100 Madison St., Tiffin, is hosting a six-week adult support/educational group for the loss of a loved one, 5:30 7 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday through April 9.

To register, call (800) 625-5269. For information about other Stein groups, visit

Red Cross offers first aid/CPR/AED courses

Hancock County Chapter of The American Red Cross is to offer life-saving courses.

Adult first aid/CPR/AED and adult and pediatric first aid/CPR/AED is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. The office is located at 125 Fair St., Findlay.

Advance registration is required. Classes have a web component which must be completed prior to classroom sessions.

To sign up for a class visit

takeaclass or call (800) REDCROSS.


Broken heart not just a saying

Mercy Tiffin Hospital wants you to know that if you felt heartbroken on Valentine’s Day, you might actually be suffering from a real medical condition called stress cardiomyopathy.

“Broken heart syndrome, or stress cardiomyopathy, is a condition where intense emotional or physical stress can cause rapid and severe heart muscle weakness,” says Steven Bruhl, Mercy Tiffin cardiologist.

Researchers coined the phrase “broken heart syndrome” after noting many people with the condition had been grieving after having just experienced the death of a loved one. The condition affects women more than men, with more than 90 percent of reported cases of stress cardiomyopathy occurring in women. It’s especially common after menopause.

“In addition to the extreme emotional stress that can come from the death of a loved one, fear, surprise or extreme anger can trigger stress cardiomyopathy,” Bruhl said. “These strong emotional or physical events can activate our sympathetic nervous system, or ‘fight or flight’ mechanism, releasing adrenaline into the body. The sudden rush can stun your heart muscle, leaving it unable to pump properly.”

Symptoms usually begin shortly after exposure to severe stress. A patient suffering stress cardiomyopathy may experience similar symptoms to patients who are having a heart attack, including shortness of breath, chest pain, congestive heart failure and low blood pressure. As cardiomyopathy worsens and the heart weakens, other signs and symptoms can include dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting during physical activity and heart murmur.

To determine what’s causing symptoms, doctors typically are to perform an angiogram, a quick and painless test that provides images of the major blood vessels that lead to the heart. During a heart attack, one or more of those vessels often are blocked. If the culprit is stress cardiomyopathy, those blood vessels look okay. In that case, doctors typically would perform an echocardiogram, which takes pictures of the heart.

Treatment for stress cardiomyopathy may include medications to help remove fluid from the lungs and improve blood pressure, medications to help strengthen the heart and advice on how to manage stress through exercise, diet, support networks and meditation.

Mercy Tiffin cardiologists provide a unique care approach that follows the patient into good health by providing the appropriate rehabilitation, outpatient follow-up and education about how to stay healthy and prevent further complications.

Bruhl practices at Mercy Cardiology Specialists, located at 45 St. Lawrence Drive, Tiffin. For more information, call (419) 455.7480.