News | Published June 3, 2013

Mount Nittany Physician Group presents heart health event for men

What are the games that men play with their heart? Maybe one is the game of denial. Denying that they are indeed at risk for heart disease because of some or all of the following:

  • High blood pressure
  • High LDL cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Poor diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Excessive alcohol use

Mount Nittany Physician Group will present a community event at no cost, Stop Playing Games with Your Heart: Stacking the Deck in Your Favor, on June 11 at 6:30 pm, at the Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium inside Mount Nittany Medical Center. The free community wellness event, led by Jeffery Gilbert, DO, cardiology, Mount Nittany Physician Group, will address the signs and symptoms of heart disease and how to control certain factors to reduce your risk of developing heart-related issues.

“We want men to take their health seriously and address those issues that put them at risk for heart disease. At least half of Americans have at least one of these risk factors,” said Dr. Gilbert.

Dr. Gilbert will present information about valvular heart disease and when a surgical option is most appropriate. He will also explain the purpose of the echocardiogram. Often called an “echo,” this test is prescribed to assess the overall function of the heart. It can determine the presence of many types of heart disease, and follow the progress of heart valve disease over time. It can also help to evaluate the effectiveness of medical or surgical treatments.

“Even though genetics play a role in heart disease, prevention is still the key. Lifestyle choices can make a big difference. For instance, quitting smoking can reduce the risk of heart attacks and also the risk for a repeat heart attack and for death by heart disease, by half,” said Gilbert.

Heart-healthy refreshments will be served prior to the event and a question and answer period will follow the presentation. Physicians will be on hand to answer questions after the presentation.

Reservations for the event can be made by calling 814.234.6727. For more information visit