Long Beach Memorial Presents 17th Annual Heart Healthy Dinner, February 12

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Nearly 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States ever year – that’s one in every four deaths – making it the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent that statistic from increasing, it’s crucial for Americans to learn their risk factors and adopt lifestyle choices that promote overall cardiovascular health.

The key risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking, and nearly half of Americans (49 percent) have at least one of these three risk factors.

In an effort to educate the community, and have a little fun while doing so, Long Beach Memorial will be hosting its 17th Annual Heart Healthy Dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 12 to promote overall cardiovascular health and demonstrate heart-smart cooking tips.

“To prevent cardiovascular disease, it’s important to monitor your risk factors,” says Gregory Thomas, M.D., MPH, medical director, MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute, Long Beach Memorial. “Making lifestyle changes, such as improved diet, can significantly reduce common risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity. The goal of the Heart Healthy Dinner is to teach the community about the lifestyle changes that are within their control.”

More than ever, lifestyle choices are putting people at risk for heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, despite recent progress in smoking, high cholesterol and high blood pressure rates, other risk factors such as obesity and diabetes are on the rise.

At the Heart Healthy Dinner an audience of diners is guided through the live preparation of the night’s meal. The live cooking demonstration aims to teach participants how to control their portions and maintain a heart healthy cooking regimen. In addition to the meal and preparation, the event features live lectures from medical professionals on the topic of heart disease which will teach the audience how to properly protect themselves from the risk factors associated with heart disease.

This year’s Heart Healthy Dinner will feature Mediterranean-style cuisine prepared by Chef Jack Forrest. The night’s menu will include: chicken, salmon, a dark chocolate fountain, wine and more. To RSVP call (562) 933-9326. Tickets are $20 per person/$30 per couple.

Proceeds from the Heart Healthy Dinner will help fund the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at the MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Memorial. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program helps heart care patients recover quickly and return to doing the things they love. The goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to instill lifestyle changes that stabilize, slow or even reverse the progress of cardiovascular disease. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program supports various heart conditions including angina, heart attack, coronary bypass surgery, coronary angioplasty, atherectomy, stent implants, heart valve repair or replacement, and heart transplant surgery.

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