Emory Healthcare Partners with American Heart Association for “My Heart. My Life” Program

American Heart AssociationAre you living a heart-healthy life? According to a recent American Heart Association survey, 54 percent of American adults have a heart health condition or need to make a lifestyle change to improve their heart health.

In a combined effort to raise awareness on heart disease and its risks, Emory Healthcare has partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to promote the “My Heart. My Life” Program.  The “My Heart. My Life” Program is a comprehensive new health, wellness and fitness initiative that aims to educate and encourage Atlanta residents to embrace an overall healthier lifestyle to improve cardiovascular health.

The “My Heart. My Life” Campaign intends to spread awareness among Atlanta residents through healthy eating, physical activity, and providing related information on maintaining strong cardiovascular health . The Simple 7 are seven steps you can follow to enhance or sustain your cardiovascular health such as being active and controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol. These steps can be followed by anyone, are inexpensive to take, and even the smallest changes can improve your health. To find out where you stand on the Simple 7, My LifeCheck assesses your current health status in conjunction with the seven steps and helps you create an action plan to better help you live a heart-healthy life.

In relation to physical activity, AHA is hosting its annual “Start! Heart Walk” in Atlanta that has over 15,000 participants every year and is projected to reach 1 million participants this year. The Heart Walk is intended to educate the community and show AHA’s and the community’s strong commitment to eliminating heart disease as the leading cause of death in the US. The walk is a part of AHA’s “Start” campaign to promote physical exercise as an important tool in maintaining a healthy heart. For more information on the Start! campaign and how you can be more active, visit: http://www.startwalkingnow.org/home.jsp .

According to AHA, over 2200 Americans die from cardiovascular disease every day. Through this campaign, the American Heart Association aims to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.

Fight for your heart! Check back each week for more detailed information from Emory Healthcare cardiologists on the Simple 7 steps to improve your health!

About Dr. Laurence Sperling, MD
Dr. Sperling specializes in preventive cardiology – his areas of clinical interest are cardiac rehabilitation, general cardiology, lipid metabolism. Dr. Sperling has been practicing at Emory since 1997 and has received various awards from the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association Council, and Emory University Hospital.  He serves as medical director for a number of unique programs at Emory including the HeartWise Risk Reduction Program, InterVent Atlanta, Staying Aloft, Emory’s LDL apheresis program, and has served as a special consultant to The Centers for Disease Control.  Dr. Sperling has been voted one of America’s Top Doctors, and has been featured often on local and national TV, newspaper, radio and magazines.

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