Montefiore Pumps Up Education and Community Engagement During February’s Heart Month

Free Activities for Patients, Community and Associates Support Heart Healthy Lifestyles


NEW YORK (January 28, 2016) – The Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care will be inviting community members and employees to join in a robust number of free events to learn and enjoy the benefits of a healthy heart.


On February 4, Montefiore leadership will officially kick off Heart Month activities at the Moses Campus with a special ceremony at 10 am followed by a group walk of the “Montefiore Mile,” a designated indoor, one-mile track.


“Montefiore is a leader in providing innovative therapies and clinical best practices for adult and pediatric heart disease patients,” said Robert Michler, M.D., professor and chairman, Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Montefiore, co-director of The Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care and professor of cardiovascular & thoracic surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “We are passionate about Heart Month and helping people learn how important it is to lower their risk of heart disease.”


Montefiore’s Heart Month program offers a wide variety of events in both the Bronx and Westchester, including heart healthy screenings, healthy eating and cooking demonstrations and educational talks. A full schedule of Heart Month events can be found at


“Prevention is key to being heart healthy – eating right, exercising regularly and working with doctors on personalized care plans can improve one’s quality of life and longevity,” said Mario Garcia, M.D., chief, Division of Cardiology at Montefiore, co-director of The Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care and professor of medicine (cardiology) and radiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “It is never too late to try to improve your heart health through small and incremental lifestyle changes.”


The Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care offers a comprehensive approach to treating heart disease, including the most complex medical procedures; a tradition that began in 1957, when the medical center performed its first open-heart surgery. The Center continues to be a national leader in offering the ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) procedure to treat both adults and children.


To learn more about The Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care and heart healthy tips, follow @MontefioreNYC on Twitter and use the hashtag #MonteHeart. Additional information also will be available on Montefiore’s Facebook and YouTube pages.


About Montefiore Health System

Montefiore Health System is a premier academic health system and the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Combining nationally-recognized clinical excellence with a population health perspective that focuses on the comprehensive needs of the communities it serves, Montefiore delivers coordinated, compassionate, science-driven care where, when and how patients need it most. Montefiore consists of eight hospitals and an extended care facility with a total of 2,747 beds, a School of Nursing, and state-of-the-art primary and specialty care provided through a network of more than 150 locations across the region, including the largest school health program in the nation and a home health program.  The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore is consistently named in U.S. News’ “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.”  Montefiore’s partnership with Einstein advances clinical and translational research to accelerate the pace at which new discoveries become the treatments and therapies that benefit patients. The health system derives its inspiration for excellence from its patients and community, and continues to be on the frontlines of developing innovative approaches to care.  For more information please visit Follow us on Twitter; like us on Facebook; view us on YouTube.

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