Former Olympia doctor talks heart health

Steven Masley, who spent a decade in Olympia, comes to Saint Martin’s on Thursday with vascular, love-life tips

ahobbs@theolympian.comMay 12, 2014 

A doctor who launched his acclaimed career in Olympia will give a free seminar this week about heart health.

Dr. Steven Masley, author of “The 30-Day Heart Tune-up,” will share tips for reversing heart disease – and stimulating your love life – at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Martin’s University in Lacey.

Masley lived in Olympia for about 10 years, where he worked for Group Health and Providence St. Peter Hospital in the 1990s, and his children attended local schools. He credits Olympia residents for an idea that helped transform his career.

While researching alternatives to surgery, Masley had trouble getting patients to stick with a program that was proven to reverse heart disease through lifestyle changes such as nutrition.

“Patients in Olympia taught me that if we as doctors would give them a healthy recipe they can make in 20 minutes, that’s what they’ll cook and eat,” he said.

Masley published a cookbook titled “The 28-Day Anti-Oxidant Diet Program” – then learned how to cook. He soon completed a yearlong chef internship at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle.

“As I did more studies, I realized I had to get my recipes better,” said Masley, who now runs his own practice in St. Petersburg, Florida. “I’ve learned how to transform people’s behavior and lives for the better.”

At Thursday’s seminar, Masley plans to shatter health myths while teaching attendees how to reduce plaque buildup in their arteries. He said excess sugar, not cholesterol, is the main culprit for heart disease – and that a diabetes epidemic is the 21st century’s “black plague.” Masley will also share the health benefits of five food groups he created: fiber, clean protein, healthy fat, beneficial beverages and fabulous flavors.

A healthy heart and circulatory system can also work wonders when it comes to romance. Masley said the leading cause of erectile dysfunction in men, for example, is heart disease. The basic principal applies to women, too.

“Improve circulation,” he said, “and you’ll restore romantic functions.”

Masley is a fellow with the American College of Nutrition, American Heart Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

In the U.S., 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women are at risk for heart disease, according to the American Heart Association, which advocates diet and lifestyle changes to improve heart health. The Centers for Disease Control reports that about 600,000 people die of heart disease each year, and that coronary heart disease costs the U.S. about $109 billion annually in health care and loss of worker productivity.

Check it out

What: Dr. Steven Masley’s seminar on heart health is is sponsored by Providence St. Peter Hospital Regional Heart Center. In June, PBS affiliates in the Puget Sound region will broadcast Masley’s program “30 Days to a Younger Heart.”

Cost: Free

When: 6:30 p.m. May 15

Where: St. Martin’s University Worthington Conference Center, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey

More information: hearttuneup.com

Andy Hobbs: 360-704-6869 ahobbs@theolympian.com

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