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Love Your Heart This February

Heart Health

During American Heart Month, Adventist Health invites you to celebrate by learning about the clinical services and lifestyle behaviors that work together to keep our hearts healthy and strong. Cardiologists and providers at Adventist Health’s Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular encourage Portlanders to take control of their heart health.

Many people don’t realize that, similar to a home or car, your heart has a “plumbing” and “electrical” system. Coronary artery disease (CAD), also known as cardiac ischemia, is a blocked artery. It’s considered a plumbing issue that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. This is the most common type of heart disease. Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), or an irregular heartbeat, is the most common electrical issue. AFib often goes unnoticed or gets dismissed, because electrical issues are less talked about. Five million Americans have AFib, which can be deadly if untreated.

The team at Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular can help you get control of both. Below are a few ways you can get inspired and involved this American Heart Month:


When our own chief medical officer, Wesley Rippey, MD, suffered a cardiac event, the team at Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular was there for him, just like they have been for his patients. See the story for yourself at


Knowing what resources are available after a cardiac event is important. Visit to learn how you can love your heart by giving it focused rehabilitation. You’ll also find great information about your heart’s plumbing (vascular) and electrical (rhythm) systems and one family’s story about making heart healthy changes for everyone.


Invite your friends and family to learn more about their heart health risks by taking a free Heart Age Assessment at

Help us set the heart health example in our community by building the largest (and loudest) team for the Greater Portland Heart and Stroke Walk on Saturday, May 20. Sign up and invite your friends and family to join our team at Select “Find a Company” and search for “Adventist Medical Center” to join our teams.

About Adventist Health

Adventist Medical Center, located in southeast Portland, is a nonprofit, 302-bed acute care facility, offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services throughout the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. It is ranked in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for patient safety. Adventist Health Medical Group represents more than 100 primary care and specialty physicians who treat and admit their patients to Adventist Medical Center.

Adventist Medical Center is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,600 includes more than 20,500 employees, 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,600 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 20 hospitals, more than 220 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit for more information.