Hoag Partners with Newport Beach Restaurant Association to Raise Awareness about Heart Healthy Dining Choices during American Heart Month

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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Hoag Partners with Newport Beach Restaurant Association to Raise Awareness about Heart Healthy Dining Choices during American Heart Month

Newport Beach, Calif. – Hoag Heart & Vascular Institute today announced their partnership with the Newport Beach Restaurant Association, which aims to raise community awareness about lifestyle choices that can reduce the risk of heart disease. During February’s American Heart Month, participating restaurants will provide special menu items that are more heart healthy, including choices that are grilled instead of fried; incorporate whole grains rather than processed; more servings of fruits and vegetables; and are served without creamy sauces or condiments.

The goal of the partnership is to help instill nutritious eating habits, foster overall wellness and reduce the risk of heart disease in the community. Heart disease is a serious issue in Orange County. According to a 2004 report by the California Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program, heart disease is responsible for more than 230 deaths countywide, including 164 heart disease-related deaths, 55 stroke-related deaths and 12 heart failure-related deaths for every 100,000 citizens.

“Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States,” said Brian Chesnie, M.D., past chair of the department of cardiology at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif., and Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology. “It is important for people to realize that by making simple choices, like incorporating heart healthy foods into their diet, they can reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease. A program such as this will educate consumers about heart healthy alternatives and encourage them to choose healthier options when dining out.”

For more information on Hoag’s Heart Month initiatives and a list of participating restaurants, please visit www.hoagheartmonth.org

About Hoag Heart & Vascular Institute
Hoag Heart & Vascular Institute is one of the preeminent cardiovascular centers on the West Coast and is well respected for delivering the highest level of quality care. Angioplasty and cardiac stent placement services are available 24/7 with median times for opening coronary arteries under 64 minutes, well above the national standard. Hoag is recognized as a leader in emergency heart care. Hoag Heart & Vascular Institute is a leader in cardiovascular medicine offering the most advanced and pioneering surgical techniques including minimally invasive heart surgery, intraoperative ablation for treatment of arrhythmia, beating heart surgery, and heart bypass with endoscopic vein harvesting. For more information visitwww.hoag.org/services/heart-vascular-institute .

About Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
Hoag is a non-profit regional healthcare delivery network in Orange County, Calif. that treats nearly 30,000 inpatients and 350,000 outpatients annually. Hoag consists of two acute-care hospitals, seven health centers and a network for more than 1,300 physicians, 5,000 employees and 2,000 volunteers. Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, which has served Orange County since 1952, and Hoag Hospital Irvine, which opened in 2010, are designated Magnet hospitals by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Hoag offers a comprehensive mix of health care services including Centers of Excellence in cancer, heart and vascular, neurosciences and women’s health, and orthopedics through Hoag’s affiliate, Hoag Orthopedic Institute. National Research Corporation has endorsed Hoag as Orange County’s most preferred hospital for the past 15 consecutive years. And for an unprecedented 15 years, residents of Orange County have chosen Hoag as the county’s best hospital in a local newspaper survey.