Focus on your heart to improve health

Woman hands in winter gloves make Heart shape

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) When it comes to heart-healthy living, Michigan needs to make some big improvements. One of every three deaths in the state is due to cardiovascular disease, and stroke is the number four cause of death. Spectrum Health Medical Group works to prevent that with a team to work with patients who are at most risk, including Dr. Thomas.

Preventive cardiology focuses on helping people who are at high risk for cardiovascular disease and figuring out ways to help them prevent that from happening. A majority of people with heart disease develop their risk from poor lifestyle choices, which involve nutrition, exercise, smoking, sleeping, and stress.

Preventive Cardiology focuses on:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Metabolic wellness – a combination of risk factors that put you at higher risk for heart disease
  • Nutrition
  • Smoking cessation and support
  • Psychological counseling

Spectrum Health offers Doctor Dialogue Series, which allows people to connect with doctors, ask questions, and learn about their health. The next event, “Put a Little Love in Your Heart,” focuses on cardiovascular health. It is free, but space is limited, so registration is required.

Doctor Dialogue Series: Put a Little Love in Your Heart
Thursday, February 18
Frederik Meijer Gardens
Interactive CPR and Preventive Cardiology begins at 5:30 p.m.
Main doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.
Register: (616) 267-2626 option 4 or www.shmg.org/events

Thomas Boyden, MD
Cardiologist, Spectrum Health Medical Group
Rehabilitation and Preventive Cardiology
2902 Bradford Street NE MC 229 (Garden Level)
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
(616) 885-5000

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