Posts Tagged ‘heart healthy’

The Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean salmon saladBy now, you’ve likely heard about the Mediterranean Diet. You may have heard it’s good for you, can help you manage your weight and even allows you to enjoy some red wine. But is it true? Can you really enjoy yummy foods and still look and feel great? The answer is – ABSOLUTELY!

The Mediterranean diet is a lifestyle change that helps decrease your risk of cardiovascular events in the future. Research has shown that people who incorporate plenty of produce, fish, whole grains and healthy fats not only weigh less, but also have a decreased risk for heart disease, depression, and dementia.

Because the Mediterranean diet should be a lifestyle choice, it involves the daily consumption of a variety of fruit, vegetables, vegetarian proteins (beans, nuts, legumes), moderate amounts of whole grains (whole wheat breads and pasta, brown rice) and small amounts of red meat. It is important to avoid processed and pre-packaged foods and meals, as they may provide excess fat, sodium and preservatives.

Here is an easy recipe I enjoy making for my family. The leftovers are great for lunch the next day! Feel free to add olives, peppers or any other vegetables of your choosing!




  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 1.5 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • ground pepper

Wisk the following ingredients together:

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cider or red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • pinch of salt
  • pepper to taste


  • Salmon filets (I use ¾ pounds for 3 -4 servings but make a pound if I want more leftovers)
  • ¾ lb fingerling potatoes, boiled
  • large handful green beans, steamed
  • 4 eggs – hard boiled and cut into quarters
  • baby spring mix


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Marinate the salmon for 10-30 minutes.
  • Bake the salmon for 20 minutes (or until desired doneness) on a foil lined pan with marinade poured over the top. The salmon should be cooked through so it can be flaked apart into the salad.
  • Assemble the salad with the baby spring mix on the bottom and the eggs (quartered), green beans, potatoes and flaked salmon on top.

You can dress the entire salad with the vinaigrette or serve the salad and dress after. I reserve portions of spring mix, potatoes, egg, green beans and salmon to assemble in a Tupperware when cool for lunch the next day, and reserve a portion of the vinaigrette in a separate container.

Check out our other heart-healthy recipe ideas!

To discuss your risk factors for heart disease and to learn more ways to help prevent heart disease, please schedule an appointment with the Emory Women’s Heart Center by clicking here or calling HealthConnection at 404-778-7777.

About Dr. Cutchins

Alexis Cutchins, MDAlexis Cutchins, MD is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Cutchins completed medical school at Emory University School of Medicine before going to New York Presbyterian Hospital for her Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine. She completed an NIH-supported research fellowship in vascular biology and a clinical fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at the University of Virginia in 2012. She has a special interest in heart disease in women in addition to heart disease prevention and risk reduction in cardiology patients.

Dr. Cutchins has published several different articles on adipose tissue distribution and obesity in journals such as Circulation Research, Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology and Stroke and has a special interest in the effects of adipose tissue distribution on the heart.

Dr. Cutchins is board certified in Internal Medicine (2007) and Cardiovascular Diseases (2012). She is a member of several professional organizations including the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Cutchins sees patients at Emory Heart & Vascular Center at Emory University Hospital Midtown and Emory Heart & Vascular Center at Emory Saint Joseph’s.

She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, their three daughters and their dog. She loves to cook and ride horses.

Takeaways from Dr. Lundberg’s Heart-Healthy Holiday Eating Chat

heart health holiday eatingThanks to everyone who joined us Tuesday, December 9, for our live online chat on “Heart-Healthy Holiday Eating,” hosted by the Clinical Director of the Emory Women’s Heart Center, Gina Lundberg, MD.

With holiday parties in full swing, many of us are staying busy and eating on the go or overindulging in sweet party treats. Dr. Lundberg discussed heart-healthy tips and recipes, as well as answered your questions on how to make smart food and drink decisions.

See all of Dr. Lundberg’s answers by checking out the chat transcript! Here are just a few highlights from the chat:

Question: What are some entrée or side substitutions I can make without losing the “holiday” touch?

Gina Lundberg, MDDr. Lundberg: Turkey and ham are both lean meat, so entrees aren’t usually the problem The side dishes are usually where we run into trouble. Feel free to have your ham, turkey, and even lean pork and beef, but try to avoid the potato-heavy, cheesy side dishes.


Question: I crave sweets every day. What can I do to satisfy my cravings without reaching for the chocolate?

Gina Lundberg, MDDr. Lundberg: The more sugar you eat, the more you crave sugar. If you stick to a diet that is higher in protein, you’ll be more satisfied and won’t crave sugar as much. Eating healthier snacks more frequently (fruit, veggies, raw nuts) will stop you from being hungry and eating the wrong things.


BONUS: Dr. Lundberg’s Top 10 Tips to Stay Healthy During the Holidays


If you missed out on this live chat, be sure to check out the full list of questions and answers on the chat transcript. If you have additional questions for Dr. Lundberg, feel free to leave a comment in our comments area below.


Reward Your Heart 2014

Reward HeartEmory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is hosting an evening of relaxation and heart-healthy information, featuring chair massages, yoga demonstrations and delicious tastings of wines, specialty olive oils and dark chocolates, as part of its annual Reward Your Heart event.

The evening will include informal consultations with physicians, nutritionists and exercise specialists from Emory Healthcare. Learn about “Stress and the Effects on Your Heart” with speaker Viola Vaccarino, MD, PhD, world-renowned expert on stress and the heart.

Reward Your Heart Event Details

WHEN: Thursday, November 13, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Doctors Center Building Atrium
5671 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30342

TICKETS: Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple. Register online at or mail a check payable to Emory Women’s Heart Center at:
Department of Medical Education
5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342

MORE INFO: For more information about the Reward Your Heart event, call 678-843-5863, or visit

Dr. Lundberg Shares Her Heart Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas

Emory Healthcare and Saint Joseph’s physician Gina Lundberg, MD provides gift suggestions to help the people you love stay healthy this holiday season. She strongly advocates giving gifts that promote healthy activity to your children to start them off with healthy habits at a young age.

View the full CNN Health Minute and get more tips about good healthy gift options for your family and friends!

About Gina Lundberg, MD

Gina Price Lundberg, MD FACC is the Director of the Heart Center for Women. She founded and directed The Women’s Heart Center, the first women’s cardiac prevention program in the state of Georgia in 1998.

She was named by Governor Sonny Perdue to the Advisory Board for Women’s Health, Georgia Department of Women’s Health, Department of Community Health for 2007-2008. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University and teaches cardiology fellows at Grady Hospital. She also teaches medical students from the Medical College of Georgia in preventive cardiology. She is a member of the American College of Cardiologist’s Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Committee.

Dr. Gina Lundberg

She has been a Board Member of the American Heart Association for Atlanta since 2001. She has been involved with the Go Red for Women campaign since it launched in 2004. She has been on the Southeast Affiliate for the AHA’s Strategic Initiative Committee representing Go Red for Women. She is national speaker for the American Heart Association. She has also been working with the national organization, Sister to Sister Foundation from 2004 till the present with their Atlanta program.

She has been interviewed on the subject of Heart Disease in Women in Glamour Magazine, MD News, the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and other magazines. She has been interviewed on numerous local news shows and many radio programs over the years. Dr. Lundberg has published articles in several medical journals and contributed to several text books.

Dr. Lundberg has lived most of her life in Atlanta,GA. She attended the Medical College of Georgia and trained in Internal Medicine at Atlanta Medical Center (Georgia Baptist). Her cardiology fellowship was at Rush University in Chicago. She has been in private practice in Atlanta since 1994. She is Board Certified in Cardiology and Internal Medicine and re-certified in both in 2002. She has two children and considers motherhood her first and foremost career.

Eat Heart Healthy! Mediterranean Salmon Recipe via Dr. Cutchins!

Heart Healthy Salmon RecipeWe are proud to welcome a new female cardiologist, Alexis Cutchins, MD, to the Emory Heart & Vascular Center. Dr. Cutchins has provided a great recipe for us to use to eat healthier for our heart! This light, low calorie meal fits well into a Mediterranean diet which highlights the use of olive oil, lots of vegetables, legumes, fresh fruits, unrefined cereals, moderate consumption of dairy (mostly cheese and yogurt), moderate fish, and low amounts of chicken and red meat. The Mediterranean diet has been shown to improve cholesterol levels and contribute to weight loss when combined with daily physical activity. Dr. Cutchins often recommends the Mediterranean diet to her patients with obesity, the metabolic syndrome, and elevated blood pressure and cholesterol.

Salmon with Tomato, Capers and Feta (approx. 450 calories per serving)

Ingredients (for two people):

  • 10 oz of salmon filet (with or without skin, can be divided in two portions before or after cooking)
  • ½ pint cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed
  • One shallot (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 tablespoon capers
  • Crushed black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • Feta cheese (approx. 2 oz)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Dice tomatoes and place in a bowl with garlic, shallots and capers. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper, mix thoroughly. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil and allow enough foil hanging over the sides to wrap the salmon up after preparing. Drizzle the olive oil on top of the foil at the bottom of the pan and place the salmon in the center. Season the salmon with some freshly ground black pepper then add the tomato mixture to the top of the salmon. Either crumble feta or use slices of feta on top of tomato mixture. Package salmon and tomato mixture up in the foil and place in oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Serve with a side of baby arugula salad with strawberries, walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette (1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 2/3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper to taste).

Dr. Alexis Cutchins

Dr. Alexis Cutchins


About Dr. Cutchins
Dr. Cutchins recently completed her cardiology fellowship at the University of Virginia Medical Center and specializes in general cardiology, heart disease prevention and has a passion for caring for women with heart disease. She sees patients at Emory Heart & Vascular Center at Perimeter – 875 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA, 30342, 404-778-6070 as well as at Emory Heart & Vascular Center at Midtown, 550 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, 404-686-7878.


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Attend a May HeartWise Event & Improve Your Heart Health!

May Heart Disease Prevention EventsThe HeartWiseSM Risk Reduction Program Lecture Series aims to reduce people’s risk of heart disease through education and interaction. In addition to serving patients who currently suffer from heart disease, we also provide help to individuals who could be at risk for heart complications in the future including those who smoke, do not exercise or have high blood pressure.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome! Call 404-778-2850 to reserve your seat, or you can sign up for a HeartWise lecture online.

♥ ABCs of Vitamins
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Monday, May 7, 2012
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

♥ Heart Healthy Cooking Demo
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Thursday, May 17, 2012
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

♥ Nutrition Myths
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Monday, May 21, 2012
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Admission to HeartWise events is free and everyone is welcome! Call 404-778-2850 to reserve your seat, or you can sign up for one of our May HeartWise lectures online!

Heart Healthy Cornbread for Your Spring Picnic!

Heart Healthy Cornbread RecipeUse this yummy “Good for you Cornbread” recipe to add a heart healthy option to your spring picnic basket.  It will not only taste great but also provides a heart healthy carbohydrate option.


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup low-fat (1%) buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup soft tub margarine
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil (to grease pan)


Preheat oven to 350 OF. Mix together cornmeal, flour, sugar, and baking powder. In another bowl, combine buttermilk and egg. Beat lightly. Slowly add buttermilk and egg mixture to dry ingredients. Add margarine and mix by hand or with mixer for 1 minute. Bake for 20-25 minutes in an 8- by 8-inch, greased baking dish. Cool. Cut into 10 squares.

Yield: 10 servings

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1 square)

  • Calories: 178
  • Fat: 6 grams
  • Cholesterol: 22 milligrams
  • Sodium: 94 milligrams

Source: National Institutes of Health – Keep the Beat: Heart Healthy Recipes

Enjoy this recipes and find other heart healthy recipes at  Emory Healthcare’s Recipe’s for Wellness site.

Emory Healthcare is a proud partner of the American Heart Association in the My Heart. My Life campaign that helps consumers learn the 7 simple steps to a healthy lifestyle.

Spring Your Heart into Health – HeartWise Healthy Eating Event

HeartWise Lecture Series AprilThe HeartWiseSM Risk Reduction Program Lecture Series aims to reduce people’s risk of heart disease through education and interaction. In addition to serving patients who currently suffer from heart disease, we also provide help to individuals who could be at risk for heart complications in the future including those who smoke, do not exercise or have high blood pressure.

Admission to HeartWise events is free and everyone is welcome! Call 404-778-2850 to reserve your seat, or you can sign up for one of our March HeartWise lectures online!

♥ Chemicals in Food Packaging, What’s the Harm?
Hannah Clark (Kennesaw State University Exercise Specialist Intern)
Friday, April 6, 2012
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

♥ Healthy Eating Made Easy
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Monday, April 6, 2012
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM


Thursday, April 26, 2012
8:45 AM – 9:15 AM

Admission to HeartWise events is free and everyone is welcome! Call 404-778-2850 to reserve your seat, or you can sign up for one of our April HeartWise lectures online!