American Heart Association Welcomes Mount Sinai Health System As First “Life is Why” Sponsor in NYC

New York, NY
 – January 17, 2017 /Press Release/  –– 

The American Heart Association (AHA) has selected Mount Sinai Health System as the first “Life is Why” sponsor in New York City. “Life is Why” is a national initiative which emphasizes the emotional connection to the work of the AHA. The campaign encourages people to consider what or whom they are living for and use that as motivation to make lifestyle changes and improve their heart health.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in New York City.  However, 80 percent of heart disease and stroke-related illnesses are preventable. Through the “Life is Why” sponsorship, Mount Sinai and the AHA will focus on educating adults in New York City—especially in high-risk communities—on heart disease prevention.

Mount Sinai Heart is among the world’s leading centers for cardiovascular medicine and advanced diagnostic and therapeutic technologies. Its mission is to dramatically improve the heart health of patients. U.S. News & World Report ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital among the top U.S. hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery. 

“We at Mount Sinai are proud to support the American Heart Association’s ‘Life is Why’ campaign to promote heart health in New York City,” said Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director, Mount Sinai Heart, and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital. “Education is paramount in preventing heart disease and stroke, and this program will allow us to better reach at-risk communities with educational and interactive events.” 

“Life is Why” programs and events will incorporate educational tools such as the AHA’s “Life’s Simple 7”—which highlights the seven risk factors for heart disease and stroke—and Dr. Fuster’s 50/50 wellness program, which emphasizes the importance of group support in promoting heart-healthy behavior.

“We are thrilled to work with Mount Sinai Health System on this ‘Life is Why’ campaign, which is sure to have a substantial impact on the health of our community,” said Kathy A. Kauffmann, Senior Vice President of the American Heart Association in New York City.  “We share a common goal of wanting to have a direct impact on reducing deaths from heart disease and stroke.  Together our reach is stronger and I look forward to what we will accomplish.” 

For more information on the “Life is Why” campaign, please visit https://lifeiswhy.org/.   

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke –  the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. 

About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care. 

The System includes approximately 7,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is in the “Honor Roll” of best hospitals in America, ranked No. 15 nationally in the 2016-2017 “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report.  The Mount Sinai Hospital is also ranked as one of the nation’s top 20 hospitals in Geriatrics, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Ear, Nose & Throat, and is in the top 50 in four other specialties. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 10 nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally. Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report in "Best Children's Hospitals." 

For more information, visit http://www.mountsinai.org or find Mount Sinai on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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