Jason Boglioli, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursNorth Shore Cardiopulmonary
8 Greenfield Rd
Syosset, NY 11791
- BlueCross BlueShield
- Capital District Physicians' Health Plan (CDPHP)
- Empire BlueCross BlueShield
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Health Net
- Horizon BlueCross BlueShield
- MVP Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Vytra Health Plans
- Huntington Hospital
- Long Island Jewish Medical Center
- North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset
- Syosset Hospital
Who is at risk for heart valve disease?
Heart valve disease can affect people of any age, although we are all more susceptible as we age. People who are born with valve or heart abnormalities may be more prone to develop a heart valve problem as they age.
How much weight do I have to lose to benefit my heart?
Losing a little weight sure can improve the shape of your body. And it's a great way to improve your heart's physique, too.
A small study found that losing a relatively modest amount of weight -- just four to seven percent of a person's body weight -- could help reverse some of the unhealthy physical effects that obesity has on the heart.
When you pile on too many pounds, it affects not only your waist size but also your heart size. The heart muscle gets thicker. And that's not good, because when the heart muscle gets too thick, it has a harder time pumping and relaxing -- which can put you on the fast track to problems like heart failure. But in a study of obese people, imaging studies revealed that a little weight loss actually improved the heart's structure and function.
Researchers aren't exactly sure how losing weight helps transform the heart, but weight loss benefits to blood pressure, insulin resistance, and inflammatory protein levels likely play a role.
Why is it necessary to “stress” my heart?
If you are having symptoms that suggest you might have a problem with your heart, your cardiologist will need more information to reach a diagnosis, and a stress test is often a good way to get it. A stress test does not mean that you experience worry or anxiety; it simply means that your heart is put to a physical challenge. Here’s why a stress test may be necessary:
When you are taking it easy - resting, sitting in a chair, walking at a leisurely pace - your heart is not working very hard. Even if you have a build-up of cholesterol plaque in the arteries of your heart, you may not experience any problems at a low level of activity, because the heart is getting all the blood it needs to keep up. In fact, a resting electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) may be completely normal.
A stress test raises the bar, using exercise (walking or running on a treadmill or pedaling a stationary bicycle), or special medications, to make the heart beat faster and work harder. Healthy arteries can expand to increase the flow of blood and oxygen when the heart is working hard. But if you have a significant blockage in your heart arteries, they may already be nearly fully expanded, just to keep up with your day-to-day activities. They may not be able to expand even wider to meet the heart’s demands during stress. During a physical challenge, the shortfall in blood flow will cause abnormal changes in the heart that are likely to show up on the stress test.
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