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The American Heart Association, Montefiore and Community Leaders Come Together to Champion Solutions for Latino Heart Health

NEW YORK— The American Heart Association | American Stroke Association and Montefiore Medical Center welcome Latino community leaders and stakeholders to the 4th Annual Tu Corazón Latino Health Summit, a conference dedicated to Latino cardiovascular health featuring leaders from a variety of fields, including medicine, media, nutrition, culinary arts and public policy. 

This year, the Tu Corazón Latino Health Summit will take place on Wednesday, November 6 at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York) from 8:30 AM to 5 PM. American Heart Association invites all organizations, hospitals, physician offices and community leaders that work with Latino audiences to learn about the seven measures for “ideal health,” how they relate to Latino heart health and how collectively we can make a difference. The theme of this call-to-action summit is Activa Tu Corazón and will be hosted by Dr. Max Gomez, Medical Correspondent for WCBS News.

Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 4 killers of Latinos in New York City and nationwide; however, it doesn’t have to be that way. Compared with non-Hispanic whites, Latinos are more likely to be overweight and obese and to have diabetes—both risk factors for heart disease. The Summit, for the first-time ever in the Bronx with presenting sponsor Montefiore, aims to deliver educational information through Latino leaders and influencers to better educate the communities they serve.

“We are enormously pleased to support this initiative and impact the health of Latinos in our area,” said Mario J. Garcia, M.D., Chief, Division of Cardiology and Co-Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care. “Diseases of the heart are the number one health threat we face as Latinos and research shows our awareness lags. By combining Montefiore’s medical knowledge and research, American Heart Association science and Latino leadership, we can help increase awareness and develop best practices for cardiovascular health.”

“The Tu Corazón Latino Health Summit is one many American Heart Association initiatives aiming to improve heart health of all Americans and reduce cardiovascular-related deaths by 20 percent by the year 2020”, said David Lefkowitz, Chairman of the New York City American Heart Association Board of Directors.  “Supporting our diverse communities in our city is a top priority for us. The Summit is increasingly important as we strive to make a difference in the Latino community.”