Senior woman and man using bike in summer in vineyard.
Mike UrquhartI’ll be talking with Mike about American Heart Month and how we can use this month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it — both at home and in the community. Mike will share the importance of exercise for heart health long-term wellness, and things we can do every day to create heart healthy habits. We’ll also take a look into the workings of the Cardiac Rehab department, and find out where we can go to learn about heart health at TMC. There is no shortage of opportunity for hearth healthy exercise at TMC and Mike will give us a snapshot of the many programs available at both the main campus and The Core at La Encantada. Learn how you can join the growing number of “Meet Me at Maynards” participants who walk/run 2 miles every Monday and “Meet Me Wednesdays” free weekly walk, run, stretch, strengthen and more at St. Philip’s Plaza. You won’t want to miss this inspiring heart to (HEALTHY) heart! This show made possible due to the generous support of Tucson Medical Center.




  • It’s important we care about the health of our heart!
  • For women the statistics are quite shocking, 1 in 31 women will die from breast cancer and 1 in 3 women will die from heart disease
  • In Pima County, heart disease is the second highest cause of death – nationally it is the leading cause of death
  • Heart disease is almost 90% preventable, however our lifestyles of poor diets, lack of exercise and other factors continue to influence the rate of the disease
  • Coronary plaque can start developing as young as age 11 so reducing your risks is especially important
  • Many of the symptoms of a heart attack are very much different in women than they are in men, instead of feeling pain radiating throughout the arms, the pain may be radiating throughout their back, which can be disregarded for other issues
  • 30 minutes of exercise everyday is critical for optimum health and having a healthy diet that is low in fat and sodium is a holistic approach
  • Reducing your risk factors such as changing your diet, watching your blood pressure, watching your weight and making sure you’re getting the proper nutrition can reduce your risk of heart disease and other chronic illnesses
  • Patients at the TMC cardiac rehab have created a community, exercising together, sharing ideas, recipes and so much more – TMC is helping bring this to the Tucson community beyond just the rehab center



  • Assess your own eating habits and see what tends to be in your fridge. Start with small changes to improve your diet!
  • Create and explore new ways to exercise that fits within your schedule.
  • Find the time to make time for YOU! Mental health is just as important as physical health
  •  Schedule an appointment with a registered dietitian or exercise physiologist at TMC.