Heart Healthy Fats – Cooking Demonstration, February 9th

You still have time to register for the February Cooking Demo with our dietician, Lindsay. 

Preview her video here:


Call to register today at 816-751-8388 or online at https://saintlukeskc.org/events


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9th Annual Weight Loss Competition (WLC) – Register week of February 6th

The Cardio Wellness Center at Saint Luke’s is sponsoring our 9th Annual Weight Loss Competition (WLC).  It is open to everyone – employees, patients, visitors, friends, and family – WLC Champions are not eligible to participate.  The initial weigh-ins will be February 6 through February 10, 2017.


Click here for the Weight Loss Competition Details and Registration Form.

So what is this all about?

This is a weight loss competition with both Women’s and Men’s Individual categories. The person in each category who has the greatest percent reduction in weight will win 75% of the pot (money), second place in each category receives 15% of the pot, and third place receives 10% of the pot. Each participant contributes $35.00 for registration or if registering with a partner, the fee is $50 for both.  The money will be used for prize winnings  . . . . so the more who register . . . the bigger the prize amount. Five dollars ($5.00) goes towards administrative costs.

What is required?

Initial weigh-in dates are February 6th through 10th with additional dates of February 11th at Jewish Community Center.   Our Final Weigh-in is May 1st through May 5th, with the final date of May 6th at Jewish Community Center. There are dates for monthly weigh-ins for March and April listed on the flier … monthly weigh-ins are encouraged but not mandatory to participate.

What can I win?

Aside from feeling great, looking great and improving your health, you can win money too!

  • 1st prize: 75% of the prize pot
  • 2nd prize: 15% of the prize pot
  • 3rd prize: 10% of the prize pot

Last year’s female winner won over $4,500 . . . this could be YOU!

Winnings are based on the number of participants, so encourage everyone you know to sign up. It means a healthier life for them, and a bigger prize for you!

We have Weight Loss Champions to register you at each Saint Luke’s site – Plaza, North, South, East, Clinton, Smithville, and Cushing Memorial Hospital. Other sites available are our Saint Luke’s Convenient Care Clinics, Jewish Community Center, some area Hy-Vee’s, and private companies.

Will your weight be confidential?

Your weight will be entered in a database that is available to only a select few people AND entered by a set of numbers and not your name – so yes, this will be highly confidential.

Don’t Let that New Year’s Resolution get away from you…come and

Get to your Summer Weight Now . . .

More information and forms are available at CWC website www.cardiowellnesscenter.org or our

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cardiowellness/

Or by calling

Lori J Wilson at 816-751-8480 (ljwilson@saint-lukes.org) or

Tammy Gazzano at 816-751-8330 (tgazzano@saint-lukes.org)

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Eat Fat for your Heart

For a few decades, Americans were told that a low-fat diet was the ideal diet for heart health. In place of fat, Americans started eating more carbohydrates; specifically, processed carbohydrates like crackers, muffins and sweetened foods and beverages. We now know that sugar and refined carbohydrates are the main culprit leading to obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Reducing the intake of refined carbohydrates and increasing heart-healthy fats has many benefits including weight loss, lowered blood sugar and improved lipids.


What type of fat is best for your heart?


Focus on unsaturated fats. Specifically, olive oil, avocados and avocado oil, nuts, seeds and fatty fish. One study showed that one avocado a day can decrease your LDL cholesterol by 13 points!


Ideas on how to incorporate healthy fat into your daily diet:

Breakfast: one omega-3 egg with 1 cup veggies sautéed in olive oil. Top with ½ sliced avocado.

Lunch: Large salad drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice.

Dinner: Baked salmon with veggies roasted with avocado oil.

Snacks: nuts and seeds paired with 1 serving fruit or raw veggies.


Come check out our cooking class on February 9: Fat for Your Ticker to sample some tasty recipes with heart-healthy fat!

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2017 Smoking Cessation Class Sign Up

Kick the Habit for Life

Clear your lungs with Saint Luke’s Cardio Health & Wellness Smokeout Program

Winter 2017 Session 2

When you stamp out that cigarette and don’t light another, your body is on its way to better health in less time that it takes to watch your favorite sitcom.  Twenty minutes after your last drag, your blood pressure and heart rate drop.  Within weeks, your circulation and lung function improve.  One year without smoking and you cut your risk of developing coronary disease by half.

When you quit smoking, it means your breath, clothes, hair, and home no longer smell like cigarette smoke.  Teeth brighten, food tastes better, and smells are more potent.  You can move through your day without pausing to “catch your breath”.

With each passing smoke-free year, your cancer and stroke risks plummet.  Your family and friends who share your air will breathe easier, too.

You can succeed with help form your friends at Saint Luke’s Charles & Barbara Duboc Cardio Health & Wellness Center.  Our five-hour smoking cessation program is modeled after QuitSmart and is led by a certified Health & Wellness Coach in Smoking Cessation.

Dates for our 2nd session of 2017 are:


March 13, 20, 27, 29, April 3, and 10


What will it cost you?  $75. Five days. One hour at a time.


Call us at 816-751-8327 to register. Your heart and loved ones will thank you.


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February 2017 Interactive Cooking Class – Fat for Your Ticker

February Cooking Class

February is National Heart Month

Give your heart some love with Healthy Fat!

We’ll make easy and fun recipes using avocados, olive oil, and fatty fish.



Charles & Barbara Duboc Cardio Health & Wellness Center

4321 Washington Street, Suite 2400

Kansas City, MO 64111


Classes start at 5:30 pm and the cost is $15.00 per class.

Register by calling the Cardio Wellness Center at 816-751-8388.

Class maximum is 25 and minimum is 5.


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January Interactive Cooking Class – The Healing Power of Turmeric

Turmeric reduces inflammation, lowers cholesterol, and boosts brain health.  Learn how to incorporate this powerful cancer and arthritis fighter into everyday recipes.

Register by calling Cardio Wellness Center at 816-751-8388.


Classes start at 5:30 pm and cost is $15.00 per class located at our Plaza Office:

Charles & Barbara Duboc Cardio Health & Wellness Center
4321 Washington Street, Suite 2400Kansas City, MO 64111

Class maximum is 25 and minimum is 5.

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Coronary Artery Calcium Scan


Fifty dollars, Sixty Minutes – One Potentially Life-Saving Test

One in four individuals are at risk for heart disease.

Half will die, most without any symptoms.

The good news is that a CardioScan can help identify coronary artery calcium (CAC) buildup and help you take the necessary steps to prevent heart disease.

Thanks to CardioScan, 85% of heart disease cases can be slowed down or even stopped.  The key is early diagnosis.

Saint Luke’s was the first in Kansas City to offer CardioScan.  After more than a decade of success, CardioScan continues to be a vital tool in the fight against heart disease.

What is a CardioScan?

A CardioScan is a special type of CT scan that detects calcified plaque in your coronary arteries.

CAC in the arteries identifies the presence of coronary artery disease (CAD), commonly referred to as “hardening of the arteries”.  As more CAC builds up, your arteries get narrower, increasing the risk of heart attack.  However, early identification of CAC buildup can be treated and allows your provider to determine if any additional testing is required.

What is involved in the test?

The exam takes about five minutes and your results will be interpreted by one of our experts the same day as your testing.  There are no needles or pain involved, and a physician referral is not required for anyone over age 40.  The cost is only $50.

How does it work?

You will have three ECG leads placed on your chest while you lie back with your arms above your head.  You will need to hold your breath for 15-20 seconds, two or three times during the scan.  This special scanner is not confining and patients usually do not feel claustrophobic.  Following the test, your results will be explained by a registered nurse or exercise physiologist.  You will also be counseled on risk factor modification and have any questions answered.

What if calcium plaque is located?

Depending on your CardioScan results, we have a multitude of clinical experts on-hand to help plan a necessary course of action.

  • Minimal plaque buildup – If your scan indicates minimal calcium plaque, we can recommend a regimen of diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes that will minimize or halt further development of heart disease.
  • Significant plaque buildup – If your scan reveals more significant plaque, we recommend a consultation with one of our cardiologists to evaluate your and make further recommendations regarding treatment and any additional testing.

Remember, early detection is the key to preventing heart events.

A CardioScan can be performed at our Saint Luke’s Hospital facilities at the Plaza, North, South, and East locations.  To schedule your appointment, call 816-932-5100 or visit online at www.saintlukeshealthsystem.org/CardioScan.

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2016 Weight Loss Competition Winning Information

The 2016 Weight Loss Competition has come to a close!

We want to congratulate all the participants for their hard work and healthy choices.

The winning information is:

                                                     MEN                                            WOMEN

1st Place                                   $1263.75                                           $4,590.00

2nd Place                                   $252.75                                              $918.00

3rd Place                                    $168.50                                              $612.00


2017 Weight Loss Competition will start in February 2017.  For repeat participants, you will need to be within 15 pounds of your 2016 final weight.  Start checking the CWC Facebook page in January for all the details (https://www.facebook.com/cardiowellness/). 

Continue to “Like” our page to get updates on cooking classes, recipes, healthy choices, motivational messages, smoking cessation classes, and exercise.


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December Interactive Cooking Class – December 8, 2016

Stress Less for the Holidays

Join the Cardio Wellness Center for its monthly interactive cooking class!appetizers

Resist holiday temptations with our heart-healthy appetizers.  Even better, each recipe is easy to make!

You can stay stress-free and still enjoy your new favorite finger foods.

Classes start at 5:30 pm and cost is $25.00 per class.

Register by calling Cardio Wellness Center at 816-751-8388

Heart Healthy Wine is available with your meal.

Class maximum is 25 and minimum is 5.

Charles & Barbara Duboc Cardio Health & Wellness Center

4321 Washington Street, Suite 2400

Kansas City, MO 64111

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Recently, several observational studies have ascertained the fact that low serum DHA is a significant risk factor for the development of cognitive impairment, as well as Alzheimer’s Disease.

The development of Alzheimer’s Disease has been attributed to the development of and pathologic accumulation of β-amyloid in the brain.  This detrimental accumulation of β-amyloid leads to oxidative stress and neuronal destruction.  In animal models, DHA has been shown to have a protective effect against the development of impaired learning ability in β-amyloid infused rats by decreasing the levels of lipid peroxide and reactive oxygen elderly-populationspecies in the cortico-hippocampal tissues as well as eliminating the amyloid burden from brain tissue.

A prospective study of 899 patients showed that patients who had higher plasma DHA levels had a statistically significant 47% reduction in the risk of developing all-cause dementia and 39% decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease when compared to those patients with lower DHA levels.

Additional studies also indicate that high intake of PUFAs from consumption of fish was associated with better overall cognitive function and reduced speed of cognitive decline in patients between the ages of 45-70 years.  Another prospective study showed that patients between the ages of 65 to 94 years who consumed fish once per week or more had 60% less risk of Alzheimer’s Disease compared with those who rarely or never ate fish. The Rotterdam study, conducted in the early 1990s on 7,046 patients, which assessed the incidence and risk of dementia, suggested that consumption of high saturated fat and cholesterol increases the risk of dementia, while consumption of fish may decrease this risk.

Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia aren’t the same.  You can have a form of dementia that isn’t Alzheimer’s Disease.  According to the National Institute of Aging, dementia is a type of brain disorder that impacts performance of daily activities and communication.  Alzheimer’s Disease is a type of dementia that affects memory, language, and thought.

World Health Organization estimates that 47.5 million people around the world are living with dementia.  The National Institutes of Health estimate that more than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Take Your Health to Heart
The Charles & Barbara Duboc Cardio Health & Wellness Center provides risk management for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and stroke