Heart to heart

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. More women die of heart disease than all cancers combined. And yet heart disease does not get the press attention that, say, breast cancer does.

Sanjay Gupta, M.D. – the British-based cardiologist who’ll be part of Heart Health Weekend Aug. 4 and 5 at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel in Harrison – thinks this is because of the peculiar nature of heart illness, which does not necessarily have the immediate drama of cancer.

“The problem,” he says, “is that most heart disease tends to be silent until it surfaces and then it can result in death or you end up in the hospital.”

The Heart Health Weekend should go a long way to giving heart disease prevention and treatment a voice.

Gupta will be meeting with attendees one-on-one as well as engaging them in a question-and-answer session. Curtis Cord – the founding editor of Olive Oil Times, president of the New York International Olive Oil Competition and the executive director of the Olive Oil Program at New York’s International Culinary Center – will discuss the benefits of olive oil use, as in the Mediterranean diet, and offer a tasting. Yoga and meditation instructor Brett Bonnist will lead a workshop in silent mindful meditation that focuses on the breath. And Carine Bonnist, M.D. a naturopathic physician, will be on hand to talk about holistic, alternative approaches in medicine.

Registration must be made in advance by July 31. The cost is $85.

To register and for more, including a complete schedule of events, visit hearthealthweekend.com. 

Georgette Gouveia

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