Do Your Part; Know Your Heart!

February is American Heart Month, and there’s no better time to get to know your heart a little better and learn a few ways to keep it healthy! After all, it’s the only one you have. The most important step you can take to protect your heart is understanding your own individual risks for heart disease. Take a free heart health risk assessment. Did you know there’s a type of fat you shouldn’t cut back on in your diet? Where does all the sodium in your diet come from? And ladies, let’s make sure you are all aware of the silent heart attack. Don’t wait, learn more about your heart health today.

Dr. Aurigemma Talks about Lesser-known Causes of Heart Attacks

Most heart attacks are caused by blood clots, but are there other causes that you don’t know about? In this Health Watch, Gerard Aurigemma, MD, cardiovascular disease, talks about some of the lesser-known causes. Learn whether breast or lung cancer can play a role since both are so close to the heart. Dr. Aurigemma also covers whether grief, anger and other strong emotions can cause a heart attack.

Go Red Is Today; Celebrate Women’s Heart Health Awareness

The video, below, is promoted by Go Red for Women to raise awareness of heart disease symptoms in women. Ladies, if you had heart disease, would you recognize the symptoms? Sweating. Pressure. Nausea. Jaw pain. Believe it or not, these are all symptoms of a heart attack for women. Visit this website and take a few minutes to educate yourself. Reminder: If your team is wearing red today, be sure to post pictures on our Facebook page and use #goredwearred.

Can Stem Cells Decrease Scar Tissue Left by a Heart Attack?

Jeffrey Rade, MD, interventional cardiology, is taking part in a national clinical trial to answer this question. Patients taking part in the trial are infused with a placebo or adult cardiac stem cells to see if the cells can decrease the size of a scar left by a heart attack through replacement with living tissue. The clinical trial is featured in the Health Watch segment below. In a recent Telegram & Gazette story, Dr. Rade and two patients explain the process and the potential benefits.

Dr. Bird Interviewed by CBS on Risks of Shoveling and Heart Attacks

Dr. Bird

Dr. Bird

Steven Bird, MD, an emergency medicine physician at our Medical Center, was recently interviewed by CBS News on risks of shoveling and heart attacks as a result of the weekend blizzard that hit the east coast. He talked about why shoveling could cause health concerns. He added that frostier temperatures may make the heart work harder, too. “In the cold, your blood vessels contract, and it may cause the pressure in your arteries to increase. Therefore, the heart has to pump against that increased resistance,” Dr. Bird said. According to the report, at least 10 people died of shoveling-related heart attacks in New York City. Read story.