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Patients, Community and Associates Learn How to Live Heart Healthy
NEW YORK (January 31, 2013) – The Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care is increasing its efforts to reduce heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, regardless of race, ethnicity or gender, with a robust calendar of events in recognition of February’s American Heart Month. Montefiore Medical Center’s month-long program will educate patients, the community and its associates about heart disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
“Most people don’t realize that heart disease kills more people each year than all forms of cancer and HIV combined. Prevention is everyone’s best friend when it comes to this fight,” said Mario Garcia, M.D., chief, Division of Cardiology at Montefiore, and co-director of The Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care. “Being heart healthy – eating right, exercising regularly and working with your doctor on a plan that’s right for you – can improve one’s quality of life and longevity.”
Heart disease can stem from a variety of conditions including abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), heart failure and coronary heart disease, which can lead to heart attack. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing more than 385,000 people each year and carrying a cost of more than $108 billion annually.
Major risk factors for heart disease – high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and smoking – can be controlled or managed. It is important for everyone to see a doctor for regular checkups and to discuss how to reduce the risk of heart disease and improve overall health.
“About 600,000 Americans die of heart disease each year – that’s one in every four deaths,” said Robert Michler, M.D., professor and chairman, Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Montefiore, and co-director of The Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care. “Montefiore is a leader in providing innovative therapies and clinical best practices for adult and pediatric heart disease patients. We are passionate about Heart Month and helping people learn how important it is to lower their risk of heart disease.”
Montefiore’s Heart Month program offers events from healthy eating demonstrations, Zumba classes and educational talks to heart health screenings. Patients, the community and Montefiore associates are invited to participate in all Heart Month events free of charge. Following is a sampling of events and a full schedule is available at www.montefiore.org/heartmonth.
Social media also plays a role in Montefiore’s education efforts for Heart Month. Follow @MontefioreNYC for information about educational Twitter chats, Montefiore events and general heart health facts and tips. Additional information also will be available on Montefiore’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
“Being heart healthy doesn’t end on February 28,” Dr. Michler said. “Let’s use Heart Month to establish good habits that are maintained throughout the year and beyond.”