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Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in America, accounting for approximately one in three deaths every year. Knowing your numbers and assessing your heart disease risk are important steps to take in preventing heart problems or getting treatment as early as possible.

The Centra Heart and Vascular Institute offers a free tool to help you assess and understand your heart heart. 

#ListenToYourHeart and manage your heart health today! Start By Learning Your Risk

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Listen to your Heart
Listen to your Heart

Your heart is your super power!

Knowing your risks and choosing a healthy lifestyle are key.

Our free resource allows you to take a heart disease risk assessment online or by texting HEART to 434.264.7931 to evaluate your personal risk for heart disease. You are also welcome to schedule a free clinical follow up with the HeartAware nurse navigator who can direct you to helpful resources to develop and achieve your health goals.

HeartAware Health Risk Assessment

Eat for your Heart
Eat for your Heart

Did you know that up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented through your life habits, such as eating a healthy diet and being physically active? Try some of our heart healthy recipes created for Heart Month by Centra's "Chef Tim." 

Click on the Links below

Turkey Meatballs with Pineapple Salsa

11 Vegetable Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry

Zoodle Salad

Chocolate Black Bean Muffins


Learn about your Heart
Learn about your Heart

Interested in learning more about heart health from those who really know what their talking about?

  • Listen to Dr. Eve Chongthammakun talk about the importance of women in cardiology
  • Read two generations of  Centra cardiologists' views on their work and patient care.
  • Hear Dr. Chad Hoyt and Corrin McCloskey talk about our new Heart and Vascular Institute and how it will better serve our  patients.
  • Hear from Dr. Thomas Meyer, one of our cardiology providers, to discuss the importance of National Heart Month, recognizing warnings signs, and what you can do to prevent heart disease in your own life. 
  • Read about the impact that nutrition and weight have on heart health as explained by our medical bariatrician Dr. Jones.
  • Learn some new heart healthy recipes from our head chef, Chef Tim.
  • See what Dr. Valentine has to share about his vision for the future of cardiological care on our Facebook page.
  • Read what Chelsea St Clair, LCSW, a therapist embedded at Centra Stroobants Cardiovascular Center, has to say about mental health following a heart event.
  • Check back for more heart healthy tips from our providers!

Find more Heart Content at CentraScripts.com

Care for your Heart
Care for your Heart

Prevention and Wellness Programs

Start caring for your heart now through prevention and wellness classes focused on keeping your heart well. 

N.E.W. Program - Eat More, Weigh Less

N.E.W. stands for nutrition, eating, and weight management which you learn about in this 8 week class based on the volumetrics eating plan.  Click here for contact information on  fees, dates, times, and locations. To register please call 434.841.2904.

Healthy Steps

Healthy Steps is personalized structured exercise program aimed at preventing chronic disease and reduce health risks. This fitness program is developed by a registered nurse and/or exercise physiologist. Healthy Steps is designed to meet individual needs, including:

  • Obesity/weight management
  • Vascular disease (PAD/Stroke)
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • Depression/anxiety/stress
  • Pre-diabetes, diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome/insulin resistance

Smoking Cessation - Be Tobacco Free!

This class is a free one hour long program for people interested in considering or pursuing a tobacco free life.  It's not just tobacco anymore; juuling, e-cigs, and vaping are on the rise and this class can help you break those habits as well by providing education on cessation techniques that can be used to kick the habit for good!  

Lung Cancer Screening

Centra also offers screenings for lung cancer for those with a history of smoking, exposure to smoke or toxins, or a family history of lung cancer.

Give from the Heart
Give from the Heart

Feb 18, 2021: The Centra Foundation is pleased to announce it has received a $300,000 grant from the Al Stroobants Foundation to support the launch of an LVAD (left ventricular assist device) program at the Stroobants Cardiovascular Center at Lynchburg General Hospital, a part of the Centra Heart & Vascular Institute.  Read more

Support our cardiology team in their work performing life-saving measures for our local community.  

Go to the Centra Foundation's donation page and select "Heart & Vasular Care" as the designation.  

Thank you!