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New Service Helps Patients Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke and Vascular Disease

Heart Health

Heart disease is the nation’s number one killer, and improving your lifestyle is your best defense, according to the American Heart Association. Just in time for American Heart Month (February), Adventist Health Sonora has introduced a new service to help patients understand and reduce their risk of heart attack, stroke and peripheral vascular disease.

The Lipid Resource Center provides a lipid analysis, full cardiovascular risk assessment and extensive education and lifestyle management tools, including medication recommendations when appropriate. The center is staffed by advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists with advanced education), exercise instructors and nutritional therapists who work collaboratively with patients and their physicians.

“Our Advanced Practice Nurses spend 30-45 minutes educating each patient and creating an individualized plan to help him or her make small changes that can make a big difference in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease,” said Clinical Nurse Specialist Julie Mena, R.N., M.S.N. “We’re a resource for both patients and their physicians.”

Patients need a physician referral to access the Lipid Resource Center, which accepts Medicare and other insurance. The Center is located at the Adventist Health Sonora Live Well Be Well Center, 19747 Greenly Road, Sonora, and can be reached at (209) 536-3720.

About Adventist Health Sonora

Adventist Health Sonora is a not-for-profit 152-bed health care facility including 72 acute beds, 12 swing beds, 68 skilled nursing beds and a large network of clinics, owned and operated by Adventist Health in Roseville, California. In addition to emergency and acute care services, other Adventist Health Sonora services include advanced cardiac care, cancer center, diagnostic imaging, home health, hospice, intensive care, obstetrics, rural health, surgical services, wellness center, wound care and hyperbaric oxygen, and over 20 primary care, urgent care and specialty clinics. The Medical Center provided care for 156,455 outpatient visits, 88,427 diagnostic imaging tests, 29,282 home care visits, 30,380 emergency department visits, and 4,433 hospital discharges in 2016. Staffed by over 180 physicians, 1,493 employees, and 121 volunteers, Adventist Health Sonora is the largest private employer in Tuolumne County. For more information about the Medical Center visit

About Adventist Health
Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 32,900 includes more than 23,600 employees; nearly 5,000 medical staff physicians; and 4,350 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 20 hospitals, more than 260 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. In addition, the Adventist Health Plan serves patients in Kings County. Visit for more information.