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El Camino Hospital Media Releases

A New Generation of Heart Healthy South Asians is Here

Mountain View, CA - July 8, 2009 - The South Asian Heart Center is holding a special screening and educational event on July 25, 2009 for young adults age 18-24. From 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. all insured registered participants will receive a comprehensive lab test for a discounted special out-of-pocket expense of $73, and get one-on-one clinical education, nutrition counseling and coaching at no extra cost. Advance reservations are required for the event, which takes place at the El Camino Hospital Park Pavilion building.

After the reservation is processed, the Center will schedule an initial 30 minute heart health risk assessment over the phone, and sign up participants for a specific time for a fasting blood draw at the event. The event will include refreshments, raffle prizes, and practical sessions on identifying risk factors and how to make quick and easy heart healthy meals.

Following the event, the Center will contact participants to set up in-person consultations to discuss the results and provide personalized recommendations for a heart healthy lifestyle.

"Research leads us to believe that the roots of heart disease start very early in the lives of South Asians--as evidenced by the fact that they have heart attacks at a far younger average age than other groups," said Executive Director Ashish Mathur. "Genetics load the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger. To create a new generation of heart healthy South Asians, it is critical to help them develop early habits that will head off heart disease."

Meghan Kamath, a 19-year-old volunteer at the Center who plans to participate in the July 25 screening, said, "All my life I've watched members of my family and those of friends experience the consequences of heart disease, but I never really connected the dots until now. My generation has a chance to rewrite our destiny and avoid the health risk lurking in our heritage. I urge anyone my age to get screened and get going on a healthy lifestyle now!"

To learn more please visit the South Asian Heart Center website.