In honor of American Heart Month, take time to consider your heart health, both for yourself and for those you love.

Take our heart disease risk assessment at
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Volunteers Needed for 
St. Joseph's Friends of Seniors Program

We are currently recruiting volunteers for St.  Joseph's Friends of Seniors Program, which offers free assistance to seniors in our community. Volunteers provide friendly visiting, and help with transportation to medical appointments, shopping and errands. To learn more please call 209.461.5112 or visit

St. Joseph's Advanced Heart Disease Clinic

The Heart and Vascular Institute at St. Joseph's Medical Center is proud to
now offer an Advanced Heart Disease Clinic (Valve Clinic). The new Valve Clinic features a highly skilled team dedicated to treating patients with various stages of heart disease, from disease management to advanced procedures including Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).

St. Joseph's is one of a select group of providers to offer patients in our region TAVR, a less invasive procedure for heart valve replacement designed for patients with aortic valve stenosis. This procedure is performed in St. Joseph's new cardiac hybrid suite, which features with cutting edge technology and tools and the capability to transform from a cardiac catheterization lab to an operating room. 

For more information please contact our Heart Patient Navigator by calling 209.467.6540 or visiting

Five Ways to Reduce Heart Disease Risk

The road to heart health is paved with small, realistic goals. There are some risk factors that you might be born with, but there are lots of other factors that you can control with your behavior. The good news is that there's a lot you can do on your own without special treatments or expensive medications. Although you can't control everything, you can feel good about taking steps to reduce your risks and improve your health.

1. Stop Smoking
The toxins from  smoking can damage your heart. When you quit, you immediately begin reducing your heart disease risk. 

2. Switch - Gradually - to a Heart-Healthy Diet
Switching to a heart-healthy diet has a better chance of succeeding if you make changes gradually. You can start by saying no to seconds, avoiding buffets, or eating smaller, more frequent meals.

3. Get Moving
While taking care of your heart is often about cutting things out, the solution to a sedentary lifestyle is to add something to your life: exercise. Talking walks is a great way to get started. 

4. Stay Calm and Rested
Stress is normal, but a constant barrage of bad news heaped on top of whatever difficult life issues you may be facing can adversely affect you and your heart. Finding peace in your life, even if it's only for a few moments, is excellent medicine.

5. Stay Checked Out
Heart disease is often associated with other chronic illnesses, including diabetes. By regularly monitoring them with your doctor, you do your heart a favor. In return, your healthy heart will help prevent chronic diseases and reduce their impact.

If you want to get an idea of what your heart disease risk is, check out our  HeartAware Risk Assessment, and follow up with a discussion with your doctor.
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