Dr. Akilah Bates speaks on Cardiovascular Health for American Heart Month

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American Heart Month is a perfect time to promote heart health for Philadelphia families. 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 38 seconds.

At the time of the first American Heart Month in 1963 under President Lyndon B. Johnson, more than half the deaths in the U.S. were caused by cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes are still the world's leading causes of death with more than 17.9 million deaths annually. That number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030.

Last Friday, Spectrum's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Gary Davis introduced  Dr. Akilah Bates, who has partnered with the American Heart Association to lead the charge for Spectrum in raising awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives. During her presentation, she noted that the key to living healthy is to make healthy choices. She spoke on how one must consider age and family history when it comes to heart health then make the appropriate changes to diet, limit stress triggers, and get good amounts of sleep which will lower heart health risks by as much as 80 percent. 

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Spectrum Attends the Philly Heart Walk 2017

Photo courtesy of @AHAPhilly & @NBCPhiladelphia

Photo courtesy of @AHAPhilly & @NBCPhiladelphia

On Saturday Nov. 4, a small team of Spectrum Health Services staff joined in The Philadelphia Heart Walk, a team-building event focused on raising heart rates while raising funds and awareness about  America's No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke.

More than 15,000 members of the community joined family, friends, and co-workers walked the 3-mile trail around Philadelphia's iconic Citizen's Bank Park in honor of a loved one who struggled with the ailments, showing their commitment to leading healthy lifestyles. 

The event closed with a kid and pet-friendly festival with loads of activities, refreshments, and live entertainment.

For event photos, click here!

For more information on #PhillyHeartWalk from our friends at the American Heart Association, click here!