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Heart Month Tip #17: Make a commitment to move

February 17, 2015

From David Hinchman, MD, Cardiologist and St. Luke's Medical Director of Cardiovascular Research

“Signing up for races and other events helps me stay disciplined about exercise,” says Dr. David Hinchman. The avid cyclist says that committing to an event gives him something to train for—a concrete goal to achieve. And Dr. Hinchman fuels his training with a diet that’s loaded with healthy, whole foods. “I follow the Mediterranean diet faithfully,” he says, “and when I want a snack, I go for nuts.”

Leading heart and vascular research in southern Idaho

Dr. Hinchman oversees the most extensive cardiovascular research program in the state at St. Luke’s. Our cardiologists and their patients have been active in clinical research for more than 10 years, participating in trials testing new genetic and imaging strategies to detect coronary artery disease and myocardial ischemia (when blood flow to the heart decreases or stops due to a blocked coronary artery), and to treat arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, cholesterol issues, and high blood pressure.

St. Luke’s is committed to clinical research because it gives us the opportunity to bring new treatments and therapies to patients in our community that would otherwise not be available. And studies show that patients treated at hospitals that participate in clinical trials have a higher quality of care, better outcomes, and lower mortality rates than patients treated at hospitals that do not participate in trials.


Learn more about heart and vascular research at St. Luke’s, including available clinical trials.

Give from the heart.

Cardiovascular research at St. Luke’s touches people every day—improving treatments, saving lives, and building hope for patients with serious disease. This important work takes place right here in southern Idaho, with results that affect people around the world. You can be a part by giving a gift to support this vital research. To learn more, visit us online to donate or email [email protected]. Every gift makes a difference.