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Natividad Celebrates American Hearth Month

Natividad Celebrates American Hearth Month

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Heart Health Tips from Natividad's Expert Cardiologists

Natividad Open House for County of Monterey and Natividad Staff

On Feb. 14, Natividad hosted an open house for Natividad Staff and County of Monterey staff. We offered cholesterol and blood pressure testing and consults with our cardiologists. Staff from our lab, outreach and diabetes education teams also participated.

Interview with Dr. M. Kerala Serio

Dr. Serio is the Chief of Cardiology at Natividad and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF. He has practiced cardiovascular medicine since 1991 and has overseen Natividad’s cardiology program for over 10 years. He is an accomplished educator and researcher with many publications in cardiology to his credit.

Interview with Dr. Michael Galloway

Natividad Cardiologist Dr. Galloway has practiced noninvasive cardiology in Monterey County for over 25 years. After receiving his Doctorate of Medicine from Georgetown, he completed his residency at Harvard Medical School and fellowship at UC Davis Medical Center. Dr. Galloway has contributed to several publications, abstracts, and books while staying active on medical committees and academics.

Heart Health Tips from Natividad's Expert Cardiologists

We depend on our hearts for life itself. But, as strong as the heart is, it’s also subject to disease that can weaken its ability to do its job. Did you know that cardiovasculardisease (CVD), also known as heart disease, isn’t just an older person’s problem? More and more younger people are dealing with heart disease.

“Each risk factor increases your chance of developing heart disease. The more risks you have, the higher your overall risk,” said Natividad Cardiologist Dr. Nicholas Chee. “Some of these risk factors cannot be changed such as age, sex or family history. But there are many important factors you can change, like choosing a heart-healthy diet and being physically active.”

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States for both men and women. But you can do a lot to protect your heart and stay healthy. Preventing heart disease starts with knowing your risk factors and what you can do to reduce them. There’s much in your control when it comes to matters of the heart. So please don’t wait until it’s too late. Natividad’s cardiologists are here to listen, help and inspire you to live a healthier, longer life. Our experts will work with you to give you the knowledge, support and tools you need to meet your heart health goals.

Top 10 Risk Factors for Heart Disease

1. High blood pressure

2. High blood cholesterol

3. Overweight

4. Diabetes or prediabetes

5. Smoking

6. Lack of regular physical activity

7. Family history of early heart disease

8. A history of preeclampsia (a sudden rise in blood pressure and too much protein in the urine during pregnancy)

9. Unhealthy eating habits

10. Age 55 or older for women; 45 or older for men


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