NEW YORK – The Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care is leading an expansive effort to reduce heart disease, through a robust calendar of events in recognition of February’s Heart Month.
A range of events hosted throughout the month will educate patients, the community and Montefiore associates about heart disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, regardless of race, ethnicity or gender.
“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, 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. Montefiore’s Heart Month program offers a wide variety of events including, heart healthy screenings, healthy eating demonstrations, and educational talks. Patients, the community and Montefiore associates are invited to participate in all Heart Month events. Following is a sampling of events and a full schedule is available at www.montefiore.org/heartmonth.