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Start Living Heart Smart

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Since heart disease is the number 1 killer of both men and women, it’s time for us to start talking. One of the most important statistics to share is that 9 out of 10 instances of heart disease can be prevented with just a few simple lifestyle changes. This is why Physicians East is launching a digital campaign for the month of February to celebrate National Heart Month.

The Start Living Heart Smart campaign will utilize both the Physicians East website at and our Facebook page. Using digital media, we will cover heart health statistics, prevention tips, risk factors and heart screening information. The aim of the campaign is to help make our community more aware of their own heart health and take the necessary steps to Start Living Heart Smart. Included in the campaign will be informative infographics, articles, recipes and weekly exercise recommendations to follow if you are new to physical fitness. Physicians East hopes to inspire our community by giving them attainable health goals and a plan they can easily follow for a healthy heart. 



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Things you need to know about heart disease in America

  • 1 in every 4 deaths is a result of a heart attack
  • Heart disease is the number one cause of death in BOTH women and men
  • Every 30 seconds someone experiences a heart attack
  • Every 60 seconds someone dies of a heart attack
  • Heart disease kills more lives than all forms of cancer combined
  • Heart disease is an umbrella term for multiple forms of the disease, Coronary Heart Disease is the most common
  • 80% of heart disease cases can be prevented with just a few simple lifestyle changes


Living a heart smart life with these easy practices per week.


Beef stew made in the low cooker. This is a heart smart meal you can make.

Heart Smart Recipe - Slow-Cooker Beef Pot Roast

Just to prove that eating Heart Smart can be hearty too, here's a delicious slow-cooker pot roast dinner that's good for you too courtesy It's even better the next day as left-overs. 




 Are YOU at Risk

These are the warning signs of a heart attack.

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in America. You can be predisposed to heart disease based on your genetics (family history of heart disease) or your risk could be heightened due to an unhealthy weight and/or sedentary lifestyle. It is important to remember that 9 out of 10 cases of heart disease can be prevented with just a few simple lifestyle changes such as healthy diet and moderate exercise a few times a week. Read more...





Tracker for the second week to help you start living a heart smart life.

pasta with broccoli pesto

Fusilli with Broccoli Pesto

Pasta can be good for you too! Be Heart Smart and try this delicious recipe, courtesy of For added benefit, drop some of the carbs and substitute regular pasta with gluten-free veggie pasta. It's better for you and it tastes just like the real thing!





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Screenings that Can Save Your Life

Because there are many measures that you can take to prevent non-genetic related heart disease, understanding how your heart is performing is one the most important steps to becoming Heart Smart. These screenings range from the simple, everyday task to the more complex, you-might-want-to-call-off-work procedure. But regardless of the effort required to perform the screening, they are all significantly important in managing and preventing heart disease. READ MORE...



This is an easy hummus dish you can make at home for a heart-smart snack

Heart-Healthy Hummus

Looking for a better lunch alternative? Hummus is a great, filling dip that's great as a sandwich spread in place of mayo. There are plenty of flavorful options in your local grocery store, so make the Heart Smart decision and pick some up on your way home! View recipe from the Food Network HERE





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Ready. Set. Live.

National Heart Month is quickly coming to an end. We hope you were able to follow along with us as we opened up a few discussions on your heart health and how you could Start Living Heart Smart. We also hope that just because this month of Heart Smart awareness comes to a close, doesn’t mean that you lose focus on how to stay healthy and why living Heart Smart is so important. So let’s review the basics of Heart Smart Living. See More...