March 3, 2011

Staying optimistic may keep your heart healthy, study says – USATODAY.com

Posted in Heart Disease in the News tagged , , at 2:00 pm by keepyourhearthealthy

 

 

Optimism may be more important than you think!  This new article from USA Today reports on a new study that shows a positive attitude goes a long way…15 years in fact!  Heart disease patients are 30% more likely to survive 15 years if they are optimistic.  Check out the full article at the following link:

Staying optimistic may keep your heart healthy, study says – USATODAY.com.

January 26, 2011

Family History Almost Doubles Risk of Future Heart Attack

Posted in Heart Disease in the News, New Heart Studies tagged , , , , , , , , , at 8:08 pm by keepyourhearthealthy

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Cardiologists worldwide have known for many years that family history is important when considering risk factors for heart attack.

A new study called INTERHEART now gives that risk a number…and it’s higher than many had expected!  After reviewing the cases of more than 12,000 patients, the INTERHEART researchers have found that a patient’s risk of heart attack nearly doubles if they had one parent with a history of a heart attack.

The increased risk held true even when they looked at genetic markers for heart attack.  Despite carrying genetic markers for heart attacks, some patients may never have a heart attack.  Of all the patients in the study who did carry the gene for heart attacks, people with a family history were much more likely to have a heart attack themselves.

Essentially this study proves that the medical community needs to be more aggressive in treating patients with a significant family history of heart attacks.  Currently the risk assessment guidelines do NOT include family history.  The guidelines need to be updated but until then patients need to be proactive in getting the best heart care possible.

January 22, 2010

Yes, You Have Heart Disease!

Posted in Heart disease tips, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 3:41 am by keepyourhearthealthy

I hate to be the one to break some bad news, but its important to understand the definition of heart disease. If you have had a heart stent, heart attack, angiogram showing heart artery blockages or bypass surgery….then YES, you have heart disease! I discussed this in my book but I feel it is imperative to stress this again. At this point in time, THERE IS NO CURE FOR HEART DISEASE! A stent, angioplasty or bypass are methods to help relieve symptoms and minimize damage to the heart. It is like putting a bandage over a cut. They do not stop further blockages from building up in the heart arteries.  Heart disease is part of a continuous process of plaque buildup in your body.

To be fair, there are a select few people who have had heart attacks caused by medications like birth control or chemotherapy. These people may not actually have plaque in their arteries but instead develop a clot in the heart arteries which prevented blood flow to certain areas of the heart. However, these circumstances are rare.

Most likely, if you had a heart attack, stent, or bypass surgery you will have heart disease for the rest of your life….at least until a cure is found! This is why it is so important to commit to lifelong diet, exercise and heart medications. These are the only ways we have of reducing your future risk of heart attack or death from heart disease.

December 11, 2009

E-Book is Now Available Online!

Posted in Heart disease tips, Helpful Heart Links tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 2:50 am by keepyourhearthealthy

The electronic version of What To Do When You Have Heart Disease is now available online!  The price is only $6 to download the entire book onto your personal computer.  Click on the link below to order:

E-book Ordering Webpage