Providence focuses on total heart health, from prevention to research

February 14, 2014
Good heart health is a life-long endeavor. Parents help children form eating and exercise habits that will dictate not only how long they live, but how well. As we move into adulthood, lifestyle choices can improve or complicate our heart health. Providence urges everyone to focus on their heart health early and often to prevent serious complications later in life. And, if the need arises, Providence also is a leader in advanced therapies, procedures and research trials to counter cardiac complications. February is American Heart Month, drawing attention to the top killer of Americans. To learn more about heart health, Providence experts are available for interviews on the following topics:

KEEP YOUR HEART HEALTHY FROM THE BEGINNING 

Cardiac experts are seeing younger and younger patients with diseases that used to strike older Americans, such as hypertension and diabetes – complications that can lead to serious heart disease. This often is the result of lifestyle choices, including diet and exercise. Providence nutritional experts can explain the best heart-healthy foods for the entire family, with the hope that habits started early in life will contribute to a long life.

LOCAL RESIDENTS BENEFIT FROM NATIONAL CLINICAL TRIALS

Providence Heart and Vascular Institute researchers are involved in 32 national clinical trials involving hundreds of local patients. One is a first-of-its kind trial that gives heart failure patients the ability to monitor their condition and adjust their medications daily – which helps prevent their heart failure from worsening. This allows the patient to be in more control of their condition to prevent repeated physician visits or hospitalizations. Providence experts can explain the Patient Advisor Module technology that is putting people in charge of their heart health.

GUIDE OFFERS TIPS TO HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Blueberries and salmon make for a very healthy and locally-sourced dinner, and the recipe is just one of the many heart-healthy recipes that can be found in this year’s edition of Providence Heart-Healthy Living Guide. Providence annually produces the publication that offers a wealth of information to help readers adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle and stay one step ahead of American’s leading causes of death – heart and vascular diseases. The booklets are free and available at nearly 300 Oregon and southwest Washington locations including major grocery outlets, fitness centers and Providence facilities.