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Adventist Health Uses Math To Fight Heart Disease During National Heart Month

Adventist Health NW Regional Heart

Add together 0, 5, 7, 10, 30 and 1. The answer isn’t just 53—it’s a healthier heart.

February is National Heart Month, and Adventist Health is holding A Fair of the Heart on February 28 from noon to 3 p.m., a free event to celebrate our hearts and teach Portlanders about the numbers that count for preventing heart disease and other chronic health conditions.

Heart health experts from Northwest Regional Heart & Vascular will make brief presentations at the event, providing insight into vascular health and heart disease. The presentations will explore topics ranging from diabetes to peripheral vascular health to sleep problems that can be linked heart disease. They’ll also provide Portlanders with tips on improving biometric numbers through diet and making simple lifestyle changes that can help prevent or manage heart disease and chronic conditions. Free food samples, educational heart health activities and giveaways will also be available.

Register for A Fair of the Heart online or by calling (503) 433-3420.

A Fair of the Heart Presentations by Heart Health Experts

  • Jed Peterson, an interventional radiologist with Adventist Health’s Northwest Regional Heart & Vascular, will present on peripheral vascular health, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and limb preservation. Adventist Health has the only limb preservation team in Portland, which works together to find alternatives to amputation by increasing oxygen levels in the blood and improving circulation to legs and feet.
  • Leonard Bertheau, a diabetologist at Adventist Medical Center’s Diabetes and Endocrine Center, will present on diabetes prevention and management. Nearly 70 percent of people living with diabetes who are 65 or older will die from heart disease. In addition to increasing risk for heart disease, diabetes can lead to peripheral vascular disease that affects blood circulation in the legs and feet.
  • Daniel Ananyev, an integrative medicine specialist with Adventist Health Medical Group, will present on eating well, exercise and other lifestyle and behavioral changes that can improve heart health and prevent other chronic conditions related to the disease. Shedding extra weight and incorporating heart-healthy foods into daily meals can help prevent heart disease.
  • Vanessa Peterson, a sleep medicine expert at Adventist Health’s Sleep Clinic, will present on sleep apnea in relation to heart disease. Moderate sleep apnea increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, and up to 50 percent of people with heart disease have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea, if it goes untreated, can also lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, depression and hypertension.

2016 fair presenters

All of the presentations will touch on the numbers you should know, including cholesterol levels, blood pressure, blood sugar level, and your Body Mass Index (BMI). These numbers are indicators of heart health. But more importantly, each presentation will provide insight into the numbers that count to actually prevent or reverse heart disease and chronic conditions.

Numbers that count along the journey to a healthy heart

 As for that math problem up top, here’s how we got our answer:

0 – Quit smoking. The risk of heart disease is cut in half one year after you quit.

5 – Eat a minimum of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Foods high in vitamins, nutrients and minerals fight inflammation in the body and can prevent conditions like diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

 7 – Sleep 7-9 hours every night. Quality sleep at night reduces the risk for heart disease.

10 – Lose 5-10 percent of extra weight to reduce stress on your heart. Being overweight increases the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.

 30 – Get at least 30 minutes of moderate daily exercise.

1 – You have one heart, so give it some love this February.


Have questions about your heart health? Take our online heart age assessment.