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MVH Go Red Washington County Asks: How Healthy is Your Heart?

Cardiologist Dr. R. G. Krishnan photo

Cardiologist Dr. R. G. Krishnan offers this checklist for prevention of heart diseases:
  - Get regular medical checkups
  - Control your blood pressure
  - Check your cholesterol
  - Exercise regularly
  - Maintain a healthy weight
  - Eat a heart-healthy diet
  - Manage stress

Cardiologist Dr. R. G. Krishnan photo

Clinical Nutrition Manager Michele Pfarr, RD, LDN and MVH Executive Chef Phoebe Seiverling will be hosting the healthy cooking demonstration.
(February 12, 2014 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

While heart disease is both preventable and controllable, it remains the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

Monongahela Valley Hospital will celebrate American Heart Month by hosting a free heart health awareness event on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 4 - 8 p.m. called "Go Red Washington County."

The schedule of events includes:

4 p.m. - A healthy-food cooking demonstration with samples afterward. MVH Executive Chef Phoebe Seiverling and Clinical Nutrition Manager Michele Pfarr, RD, LDN, will show attendees that they can still eat delicious food while using healthy ingredients. Reservations are required as seating is limited for this presentation; please call 724-258-1333.

5 p.m. - Certified yoga instructor Amaera Felder, of Belle Vernon, will discuss how to help your heart with stress management techniques, including a gentle yoga demonstration for all ages and fitness levels.
6 p.m. - MVH Cardiologist R.G. Krishnan, M.D., will discuss heart health, heart disease and the Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease®.

7 p.m. - Free risk assessments, blood pressure screenings and a Meet and Greet with MVH's newest physicians, including Lauren H. Ayersman, M.D., family practice and pediatrics in Rostraver; Laurie S. Molinda, M.D., internal medicine in Finleyville; Perveen Punjani, M.D., pediatrics in Charleroi; and Gopi Vadlamudi, M.D., MVH hospitalist.

Staff will also be selling "Go Red Washington County" red gloves and headbands throughout the evening, which will benefit the American Heart Association.

What is the Dean Ornish Program?

What is the Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease®? Monongahela Valley Hospital offers this clinically proven, non-invasive, conservative treatment option that slows, stops and reverses the progression of coronary artery disease.

The plan uses a low-fat vegetarian diet, stress management, exercise and structured group support for predictable medical results and effective medical care.

The program says that mind, body and spirit play a significant role in causing, preventing and reversing heart disease. With its nutrition, exercise, stress management and group support, the Dean Ornish Program:

  • Improves the quality of a patient's life
  • Improves blood flow to the heart
  • Reduces cholesterol, triglycerides and other coronary risk factors
  • Improves exercise capacity
  • Avoids adverse cardiac events
  • Reduces the need for medication
  • Avoids the need for invasive procedures
  • Positively impacts diabetics
  • Reduces depression and hostility

Founder Dean Ornish, M.D., says that his program "is not just about living longer, but it's about living better - not out of fear of dying but to increase the joy of living." Since 1977, he has been dedicated to improving the lives for individuals with heart disease and to decreasing the risk for those who may develop heart disease.

For more information on Monongahela Valley Hospital's Dean Ornish Program at the Mon-Vale HealthPLEX in Rostraver, call 724-379-1960.

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