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February is American Heart Month: What You Should Know

February 02, 2018

February is American Heart Month, and for over 60 years, Maine Medical Center has performed the most advanced cardiovascular treatments and procedures, while providing high-quality care to patients. Along the way, programs like AMI-PERFUSE, cardiac rehab and advanced valve have been added, making MMC cardiovascular services the most comprehensive in northern New England.

During Heart Month, we will be sharing cardiovascular tips, news and recognition – both with employees here, and the public at large – to make sure that no opportunity is missed to improve the cardiovascular health of our patients.

MMC’s Jennifer Monti, M.D., took part in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s annual Go Red for Women event at Portland’s City Hall on February 2. According to the AHA, cardiovascular diseases kill one woman about every 80 seconds, and about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases can be prevented. There is a genetic component to heart disease, but there is plenty you can control. Here are some of Dr. Monti’s tips for lowering your risk:

  • Exercise: The ideal 'dose' of exercise to prevent the development of a range of cardiovascular diseases is 150 to 210 minutes of
    exercise per week.
  • Diet: A balanced diet that derives the majority of its protein from plant-based sources is a great place to start.
  • Know Your Numbers: Total cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, hemoglobin A1C and BMI. Discuss with your doctor how to improve them.
  • Quit smoking: Abstaining completely from smoking can fend off several varieties of cardiovascular disease.

News from Around MaineHealth

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MMCRI Joins National COVID Data Research Collaborative
The National COVID Cohort Collaborative gives scientists access to de-identified data from COVID patients around the country, speeding up the research process.
MaineHealth Earns 2020 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired Recognition
The CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.
Appendicitis Trial Shows the Risks and Benefits of Treating Appendicitis with Antibiotics Instead of Surgery
MMC Surgeons Damien Carter, MD, and Bruce Chung, MD, are among the authors of the largest randomized clinical trial of appendicitis ever conducted.
Physicians Join Maine Medical Partners
Maine Medical Partners announces the following new hires.
Shaw Brothers Construction Pledges $1 Million to Maine Medical Center to Honor Sally Shaw
In recognition of a $1 million commitment by Jon and Dan Shaw, founders of Shaw Brothers Construction in Gorham, Maine Medical Center will name the causeway of the new Congress Street Tower in honor of the Shaws’ mother, Sally Shaw.
MMC Participates in NIH-Funded Clinical Trial Studying Buprenorphine Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder
Maine Medical Center’s emergency department is one of 30 chosen across the country as part of the National Institutes of Health "Helping to End Addiction" Long-term Initiative (HEAL).
U.S. News & World Report Names MMC ‘Best Regional Hospital’ For Eighth Straight Year
MMC earns a “high performing” rating in the specialty of Urology as well as in ten common procedures and conditions.
Credit rating agencies reaffirm strength of MaineHealth
Two credit rating agencies continued to give northern New England’s largest health system high marks for its financial strength even though the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant financial impact.
MMCRI awarded $1.9M by the National Institutes of Health
The five-year award by the National Cancer Institute supports the study of how healthy fat cells support growth of blood cancer cells.
MaineHealth Receives Over $800,000 in Federal Funding for Telehealth Program
FCC awarded MaineHealth for costs associated with rapidly expanding the health system’s telehealth infrastructure and technology in response to the coronavirus pandemic.