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Learn how to fight stress with speaker at ‘Save Your Heart’ event



To celebrate American Heart Month, Renown Health invites individuals to learn how to fight stress with Joe Piscatella, nationally known author and one of the longest-lived survivors of bypass surgery (33 years & counting), at its Save Your Heart luncheon. The event takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 3800 South Virginia Street, Reno.

Cost for the event is $10, which includes a heart healthy lunch and a Health and Wellness Expo including Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health, REMSA, the American Heart Association and others. To register, call 775-982-6483. The deadline for registration is Friday, Feb. 18.

As the featured speaker for the event, Piscatella had coronary bypass surgery at age 32 – and his prognosis wasn’t good. He found a way to stay faithful to a healthy lifestyle and turn his life around, starting with a positive attitude. Now he’s able to let others know about ways to manage stress during difficult times, which is the theme of his presentation during the 3rd annual event.

The Save Your Heart event is just one part of American Heart Month, an annual awareness event that Renown participates in. Go to www.renown.org/28days for an interactive calendar of events, and follow them on Twitter @renownhealth for daily heart-healthy tips and exclusive discount opportunities throughout February.

In addition to the event, Piscatella will be signing copies of his new bestselling book, Prevent, Halt & Reverse Heart Disease: 109 Things You Can Do. With a bold, clear style, Piscatella shares the simple, small steps he used to take charge of his own heart health and reverse the effects of heart disease.

Created by Piscatella and Dr. Barry Franklin, one of the nation’s top preventative cardiology and cardiac rehab specialists, Prevent, Halt & Reverse Heart Disease breaks down the intimidating task of achieving heart health into 109 concrete activities. Additionally, the authors examine 10 of the most important risk factors so that readers can assess their risk and understand what the doctor is telling them. The book also explains many common contemporary diagnostic tests and treatments.

In 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an estimated 16 million people in the United States were living with coronary heart disease. That same year nearly 8.1 million people reported having had a heart attack.

Cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, is actually a collection of diseases and conditions, not one particular affliction. They include primarily heart disease and stroke. There are also diseases of the blood vessels, which include high blood pressure (hypertension) and aneurysm.

To urge Americans to join the battle against these diseases, since 1963 Congress has required the president to proclaim February “American Heart Month.”

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