Dear Editor-

It’s time for the Jersey Shore to hit heart disease and stroke out of the park!

As president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center, I see firsthand every day the effects of cardiovascular diseases on patients throughout the Jersey Shore.  While medical advancements have helped in the treatment and management of these diseases, it’s important to remember that 80 percent of heart disease and stroke events may be prevented with simple lifestyle modifications.

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association offers tools to combat the top risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, including managing blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, reducing blood sugar, getting active, eating better, losing weight and quitting smoking.  By knowing your health numbers and taking steps to control risk factors, you can live a longer, stronger life.

This October, take steps to prevent heart disease and stroke in the Monmouth and Ocean County communities by participating in the Shoreline Heart Walk.  The Heart Walk is designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living through a fun environment that’s rewarding for the entire family.

As co-chair of medical industry recruitment for the walk, I hope to see the community come together for a day of cardiovascular wellness.  Join me on Saturday, October 29 at the 2016 Shoreline Heart Walk at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws in Lakewood, NJ.  For more information, visit www.ShorelineHeartWalk.org

Respectfully,

Kenneth N. Sable, M.D. MBA, FACEP

Co-Chair, Shoreline Heart Walk

President, Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Neptune, NJ