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January 31, 2011

‘Franciscan Heart Diet’ Is A Guide For Heart-Healthy Living

With February being American Heart Month, there is no better time than today to take steps to improve your heart’s health by embracing a better diet and regular exercise. The 2011 edition of the Franciscan Heart Diet book can be a guide for this journey.

The 42-page, full-color publication is loaded with information, including answers by medical experts to frequently asked questions and recipes for delicious, easy-to-make, heart-healthy meals. Copies can be ordered, free of charge, by calling 1-888-825-3227 toll-free.

The most important things that men and women can do to protect their hearts are:

  • Do not smoke
  • Eat a healthy diet low in fat, high in fiber, with high-quality carbohydrates
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

The least beneficial thing people can do is worry. “Worry is a passive, stressful activity,” says Cardiologist William Bilnoski, MD, one of several experts featured in the Franciscan Heart Diet book. “However, there is a big difference between worrying and taking positive action to maintain, and improve, your heart health.”

Franciscan Health System’s St. Joseph Heart & Vascular Center in Tacoma offers the most advanced heart and vascular programs in the South Puget Sound region. The center’s experts provide comprehensive care, from diagnosis through rehabilitation.

Heart disease can often be predicted and prevented. The St. Joseph Heart & Vascular Center provides a free, online evaluation that anyone can take to help determine their risk for heart disease. Those at risk will receive a free heart-health screening. Take the HeartAware evaluation.

To commemorate American Heart Month, St. Joseph Medical Center has encircled the top of its iconic patient-care tower with more than 1,000 red lights that will be visible through February.

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