At Westchester Health, many of our patients, especially older ones, have AFib, or atrial fibrillation, a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other serious heart-related complications. According to the American Heart Association, at least 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib, which accounts for 15-20% of those who have strokes. Yet, many people are unaware that AFib is a serious condition. To share important information about this serious but treatable condition, we offer this blog and related resources.
At Westchester Health, we have a number of patients who are overweight and come to us for guidance on how to eat a healthier diet. They want to lose weight, lower their blood pressure and take better care of their heart. Others want to maintain their present weight rather than gaining, and still others want to know if they are eating as healthily as they could be. Given the strong connection between your diet and your risk of heart disease, this seems to be a good time to share important information about ways to align your eating habits to help your heart become, or remain, healthy.
Are you worried that someone you love might have a heart attack? Would you know what to do if they did? Do you know there are realistic, effective steps you can take to lower your own risk? At Westchester Health, we have several patients who are concerned about having a heart attack, as well as patients who have had one and are anxious that they might have a second. To impart important information about this potentially life-threatening but treatable condition, we offer this blog and also several helpful resources.
If you have a young athlete who plays competitive sports, it’s extremely important that you and your child review this checklist before they begin any sports season. Even though it is extremely rare, sudden cardiac death is a frequent cause of sports-related death in young athletes. By conducting a thorough exam and screening, your pediatrician can help lessen the risks and hopefully prevent this potentially fatal event. Continue reading →
At Westchester Health, a great many of our patients have high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) but not all of them fully understand what this condition means. Blood pressure refers to the force of your blood pushing against your artery walls as it flows throughout your body. Too much force, i.e., high blood pressure, can damage your arteries and lead to life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and stroke.
Cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of mortality in America, accounting for 610,000 deaths every year, according to the CDC. If you have diabetes, your risk is even higher. In addition, you have an increased risk of heart disease if you are a man over age 45 or a woman over age 55. You also are at greater risk if you have a close family member who had heart disease at an early age.
Did you know that cardiac arrest, not breast cancer, is the #1 killer in women? In fact, according to The Heart Foundation, heart disease is more deadly for women than all forms of cancer combined. An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease. And yet, only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is their greatest health threat.
Since the symptoms of heart disease can be quite different in women and men, and are often misunderstood, I offer this blog to help both sexes understand what to look for, what it might mean, and when to seek medical help.
Did you know that high blood pressure (also known as hypertension), not heart attack or stroke, is the most common cardiovascular disease? And that if left untreated, it can lead to serious diseases including stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, eye problems…even death? In the U.S. alone, more than 30% of American adults have high blood pressure.
The bad news: Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death in the United States. Every year, Americans suffer 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes, and 2,200 people die from cardiovascular diseases every day.
The good news: Heart disease is mostly preventable.