Beverly Dobson was 6 months pregnant when she went to Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center for kidney stones. While having a routine ultrasound for high-risk pregnancy Dr. Richard Porreco discovered her baby’s problem. Watch the CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh’s report “Baby Diagnosed With Heart Defect Before Birth Recovering Well” in the video clip below:
To help people become more aware of their personal heart health, we are promoting awareness of how the heart works and what people of all ages and health levels must do to better manage their heart health.
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YOUR HEART – FABULOUS MACHINERY!
February is American Heart Month. Here are some interesting facts about the heart that you may not know. (HealthGuru.com)
The heart is an amazing organ. About the size of a small fist, it is able to pump approximately 5 quarts of blood a minute. This adds up to about 2,000 gallons of blood per day. Your blood vessels (arteries, veins, and capillaries) are over 60,000 miles long, enough to go around the world twice if they were stretched end-to-end. Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day and weighs between 8 ounces for women and 10 ounces for men.
- The human heart beats around 35 million times in a year – The average adult heart beats 72 times a minute.
- Even at rest, the heart muscles work twice as hard as the leg muscles of a person running.
- The heart pumps about 1 million barrels of blood during an average lifetime – Within a minute’s time, a human heart can pump blood to every cell in your body. And over the course of a day, about 100,000 heart beats shuttle 2,000 gallons of oxygen-rich blood many times.
- A broken Heart can increase heart attack risk- A breakup with a loved one or news of a family death can increase risk for heart attack. When you experience an emotionally difficult event, it can also activate the release of stress hormones into the bloodstream that temporarily “shock” the heart. But this type of achy heart can bounce back in days with some rest.
- Long time smokers can benefit by refraining from cigarettes – Within three years of quitting; the heart attack risks for ex- smokers are the same as for someone who has never smoked before.
- Taking care of your teeth can impact your heart health – Developing gum disease can increase risks of heart attack or stroke by 50%.
- The heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles every day – That is equivalent to driving to the moon and back in a life time.
- The obtrusive sleep apnea (OSA) condition of heavy snoring, can negatively affect the heart.
- Your heart is about 10 ounces in weight and has four chambers: The left atrium, the left ventricle, the right atrium & the right ventricle.
- High blood pressure is one of the most common risks linked to heart health, then comes the heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure. It is also called as the “silent killer.”
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is still the number one cause of death in the United States. That is a statistic we at HealthONE aren’t willing to accept. With six cardiac facilities, award-winning cardiologists on staff and cutting-edge technology, HealthONE is dedicated to your heart health. Thousands of patients come through our doors each year and our specialists work tirelessly to ensure that each one gets the individualized care they deserve. Get more information about Healthone Heart Care services at HealthONEheartcare.com.
Diagnostic Screenings and Services
The greatest protection against heart disease is prevention. When it comes to quality cardiology, HealthONE is expert at diagnosing and treating a wide variety of conditions from arrhythmias and congenital heart defects to coronary artery disease and hypertension. To assess risk for heart attack or heart disease, our cardiologists perform thousands of diagnostic heart tests each year. Our doctors keep you informed of your risk for heart disease by reviewing you risk factors, medical history and looking for blockages or abnormalities in your heart.
Some of our other diagnostic tests include:
- Electrophysiology studies
- Diagnostic Catheterization studies
- Coronary Angiograms
- Calcium Score CT scan
- And many other advanced diagnostic techniques
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense – the “movie heart attack,” where no one doubts what’s happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:
- Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Learn about the warning sign of heart attack in women.
Learn the signs, but remember this: Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, have it checked out (tell a doctor about your symptoms). Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives – maybe your own. Don’t wait more than five minutes to call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number. For more information visit Heart.org.
According to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org) here are the top tips for teaching your children healthy habits:
- Be a good role model – You don’t have to be perfect all the time, but if kids see you trying to eat right and getting physically active, they’ll take notice of your efforts. You’ll send a message that good health is important to your family.
- Keep things positive – Kid’s don’t like to hear what they can’t do, tell them what they can do instead. Keep it fun and positive. Everyone likes to be praised for a job well done. Celebrate successes and help children and teens develop a good self-image.
- Get the whole family moving – Plan times for everyone to get moving together. Take walks, ride bikes, go swimming, garden or just play hide-and-seek outside. Everyone will benefit from the exercise and the time together.
- Be realistic – Setting realistic goals and limits are key to adopting any new behavior. Small steps and gradual changes can make a big difference in your health over time, so start small and build up.
- Limit TV, video game and computer time – These habits lead to a sedentary lifestyle and excessive snacking, which increase risks for obesity and cardiovascular disease. Limit screen time to 2 hours per day.
- Encourage physical activities that they’ll really enjoy – Every child is unique. Let your child experiment with different activities until they find something that they really love doing. They’ll stick with it longer if they love it.
- Pick truly rewarding rewards – Don’t reward children with tv, video games, candy or snacks for a job well done. Find other ways to celebrate good behavior.
- Make dinnertime a family time – When everyone sits down together to eat, there’s less chance of children eating the wrong foods or snacking too much. Get your kids involved in cooking and planning meals. Everyone develops good eating habits together and the quality time with the family will be an added bonus.
- Make a game of reading food labels – The whole family will learn what’s good for their health and be more conscious of what they eat. It’s a habit that helps change behavior for a lifetime.
- Stay involved – Be an advocate for healthier children. Insist on good food choices at school. Make sure your children’s healthcare providers are monitoring cardiovascular indicators like BMI, blood pressure and cholesterol. Contact public officials on matters of the heart. Make your voice heard.
Whatever Makes You Happy Is Good For Your Heart
August 11, 2011 12:01 AM by Mehmet C. Oz, MD, and Michael F. Roizen, MD
Like gloomy characters in an old Russian novel, emotions such as depression, anxiety, and hostility are downers for your heart. They fire up inflammation, damage arteries, even mess with your ticker’s electrical system. But (cue the happy marimba music!) we now know that feeling good about life reduces your risk for heart disease by at least a nifty 13%.
See, the better you feel about yourself, your family, your job and, ahem, your sex life, the happier your heart is. If you’ve been looking for permission to cut loose and enjoy life more, this is it. Are you hopeful, enthusiastic, interested in the world around you? Your heart loves it.
Not everyone’s born happy or grows up in cheerful surroundings. But here’s how to build deep-down feelings of happiness:
- Go with the flow. Lose yourself in absorbing experiences, doing things you love. Could be spending more time with your family, walking in the woods, playing a sport, doing art projects, even playing with a pet or working at a job you love (we’re each lucky enough to have one of those).
- Value yourself. Be good to YOU. Tap your inner strengths. For example, if you’re great with numbers, help a volunteer group keep its books . . . you’ll get a big happiness-booster: a more meaningful life.
- Appreciate what is. Take time to relish the pleasures around you: vine-ripe tomatoes at a farm market, great music (like your favorite high school hits) on the radio, a kid’s hug. Let others know when you appreciate them, too. Gratitude multiplies happiness.
Happiness is a powerful mood booster.
Living Heart Healthy…you may feel like you are too set in your ways to make a change, but it’s never too late. Even small choices can improve your health and lead to heart-healthy habits. No matter what life brings – a new career, family changes, or life milestones – it’s important to stay happy and healthy so you can enjoy the years to come. Listen to your body and make healthy lifestyle choices now that will benefit you in the long run. Click here to learn more about living heart healthy.