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Warm Your Heart 5K runs through McCormick Place on February 23

Chicago's only single-loop indoor 5K benefits Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute

CHICAGO, Jan. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lace up your sneakers and get that heart pumping — the Warm Your Heart 5K race, Chicago's only single-loop indoor run through McCormick Place, is scheduled for February 23.

Runners and three-member relay teams can test their times in the third annual race that benefits Northwestern Medicine's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, Illinois' and Chicago's top-ranked heart center, according to U.S. News and World Report.

"We're working daily at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute to provide compassionate care to all our patients while advancing the fields of cardiovascular medicine," said Charles Davidson, MD, medical director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and the chief of clinical cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. "We're proud to partner with the Warm Your Heart 5K to raise funds that ultimately benefit the patients we treat."   

For both men and women, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing about 600,000 in America every year. There are a number of risk factors for heart disease, including diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, being overweight or obese, cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol use or poor diet. Many of these risk factors can be mitigated through healthier eating, more frequent exercising and managing stress. 

"Doctors at Bluhm are focused not only on providing the most cutting edge treatment options for heart disease but also helping patients make the lifestyle changes they need to live a long and healthy life," said Davidson, who is also a professor of cardiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "Exercise can be a lifesaver for anyone with heart disease. Together we can help you sustain your commitment to a healthier life while providing the diagnostic tools and treatment for patients with a wide variety of heart issues."

Registration is currently open though space is limited to 3,000 runners. Each participant receives a long-sleeve technical tee. The course is certified by USATF and there is also a team relay option for three member teams, with each team member running one mile. The Warm Your Heart 5K is presented by Magnetar Capital.

Northwestern Medicine's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute was ranked the 12th cardiology and heart surgery program in the United States and first in Chicago, Illinois and the Midwest by the 2013-14 U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" report.

Northwestern Medicine® is the shared vision that joins Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in a collaborative effort to transform medicine through quality healthcare, academic excellence and scientific discovery.

For more information about heart care at Northwestern Memorial, visit www.heart.nmh.org. To schedule an appointment please call (866) 662-8467.

About Northwestern Medicine®
Northwestern Medicine® is the collaboration between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine around a strategic vision to transform the future of healthcare.  It encompasses the research, teaching and patient care activities of the academic medical center. Sharing a commitment to superior quality, academic excellence and patient safety, the organizations within Northwestern Medicine comprise more than 9,000 clinical and administrative staff, 3,100 medical and science faculty and 700 students. The entities involved in Northwestern Medicine remain separate organizations. Northwestern Medicine is a trademark of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and is used by Northwestern University.

About Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Northwestern Memorial is one of the country's premier academic medical center hospitals and is the primary teaching hospital of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Along with its Prentice Women's Hospital and Stone Institute of Psychiatry, the hospital has 1,705 affiliated physicians and 6,769 employees.  Northwestern Memorial is recognized for providing exemplary patient care and state-of-the art advancements in the areas of cardiovascular care; women's health; oncology; neurology and neurosurgery; solid organ and soft tissue transplants and orthopaedics.

Northwestern Memorial has nursing Magnet Status, the nation's highest recognition for patient care and nursing excellence. Northwestern Memorial ranks 6th in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report 2013-14 Honor Roll of America's Best Hospitals. The hospital is recognized in 14 of 16 clinical specialties rated by U.S. News and is No. 1 in Illinois and Chicago in U.S. News' 2013-14 state and metro rankings, respectively. For 14 years running, Northwestern Memorial has been rated among the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" guide by Working Mother magazine. The hospital is a recipient of the prestigious National Quality Health Care Award and has been chosen by Chicagoans as the Consumer Choice according to the National Research Corporation's annual survey for 15 consecutive years. 

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