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The Men of Mizzou Go Red

The Men of Mizzou Go Red In Support of Heart Month

and the recognition that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States.

The men of Mizzou are making a difference (from left): University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe, MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, Mizzou Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel, Mizzou Men’s Head Basketball Coach Kim Anderson, Mizzou Head Coach for Strength and Conditioning Pat Ivey; Mizzou Athletic Director Mike Alden and MU Health System Executive Vice Chancellor Harold Williamson Jr.

As husbands, sons and fathers, the Men of Mizzou encourage all women to play an active role in monitoring their heart health. The specialists at University of Missouri Health Care’s Heart and Vascular Center are equipped to educate women on heart health, including the warning signs of heart disease, and treat heart attacks with the latest techniques and equipment.



Hear from our team

University of Missouri Health Care’s cardiovascular team takes a comprehensive approach to your heart care.

Missouri Medical Focus

Two cardiovascular specialists at University of Missouri Health Care speak about a new, less-invasive heart valve replacement procedure on Missouri Medical Focus, which aired on KBIA-91.3 FM on Feb. 10, 2015. Ajit Tharakan, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon, and Arun Kumar, MD, a cardiologist, discuss the TAVR procedure and MU Health Care’s heart valve clinic. Click to listen.

Cardiologist Mary Dohrmann, MD, speaks about women and heart disease on Missouri Medical Focus, which aired on KBIA-91.3 FM on Feb. 24, 2015. Dohrmann is a professor and medical director of MU Health Care’s cardiovascular medicine clinic and cardiac rehabilitation program. Click to listen.

Missouri Medical Focus Archive 



What you can do

  • Exercise.
  • Lower your blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Eat for your health.
  • Kick the smoking habit.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.



Cardiovascular Day

University of Missouri scientists are ranked among the world's best in cardiovascular disease research. MU’s 22nd annual Cardiovascular Day on Feb. 17, 2015, presented an opportunity for sharing information about cardiovascular research at MU with colleagues, the university community, area physicians, and other colleges and universities. Hosted by the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, it is one of MU’s longest running annual research conferences.

Cardiovascular Research Day 2015

Researchers presented their findings at MU’s 22nd annual Cardiovascular Day.

Heart-healthy Screenings

Heart Healthy Screenings

Cooking With Heart-Healthy Avocados

Ashley Ritzo, RD, LDa clinical dietitian at MU Health Care, enjoys helping people meet their nutrition goals. She offers the following tips and recipe.


A recent study in the Journal of the American Heart Association showed eating one avocado per day helped to reduce LDL cholesterol levels in adults. While avocados are a high-fat food and you should consider calorie content, the type of fat avocados contain is predominantly monounsaturated fat — the best kind for your heart. In addition to this heart-healthy fat, one avocado also has more than twice the potassium of a medium banana and 13 grams of fiber — both also great for you heart by helping to control blood pressure and keep cholesterol levels lower.

Check out this recipe for a homemade burrito bowl that combines the heart-healthy benefits from avocado with cholesterol-fighting black beans and antioxidant-rich brown rice.

Cooking with AvocadoBurrito Bowl
Makes 4 servings

  • 1 cup dry brown rice
  • ½ cup salsa verde
  • 1 cup home-cooked or low-sodium canned black beans
  • 8 ounces grilled chicken (leftover works best, but could also use frozen)
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce


  • 2 medium, ripe avocados
  • 1 Tablespoon light sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • Sprinkle of cayenne pepper, to taste
  • ¼ tsp. cumin
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoon chopped tomato
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped red onion


  1. Bring 1 ½ cups water plus salsa verde to a boil in a saucepan. Once boiling, add brown rice, cover and let simmer for about 30 minutes or until all liquid has been absorbed and rice is tender.
  2. While rice is cooking, prepare the guacamole. In a small or medium bowl, mash the avocado with a fork. Once most of the fruit is mashed, add sour cream or Greek yogurt and lime juice. Mix well. Add seasonings and stir until thoroughly mixed. Fold in chopped tomato and red onion.
  3. Spread frozen corn kernels on baking sheet and roast in oven pre-heated to 400 F for 10-15 minutes or until corn turns slightly brown and caramelizes.
  4. In a bowl, layer ¼ of the cooked brown rice, ¼ cup black beans, 2 ounces grilled chicken, ¼ of the roasted corn kernels, ½ cup shredded lettuce, 3 Tablespoons guacamole and serve.

Heart and Valve Resources

Learn more about heart and valve conditions, tests, treatments and more.

MU Heart and Valve Team

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