Katarzyna Ostrzenska, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursBay Medical Center
Saint Petersburg, FL 33710
- Bayfront Medical Center
What is the top killer of both men and women in the United States?
Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. In addition, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds. It doesn’t have to be this way. You can take preventive measures to protect your heart health, like eating a heart-healthy diet, maintaining your ideal weight, exercising, not smoking, and having your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides checked at least once a year.
How does coronary heart disease affect the body?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
Coronary heart disease is the hardening of arteries from plaque build-up. The hardened arteries restrict blood flow, so your heart cannot receive enough oxygenated blood, especially when it beats quickly during physical exertion or stress. This can cause chest pain and shortness of breath. If an artery becomes completely blocked, a heart attack may occur. Lack of oxygen to your heart during a heart attack causes irreversible damage as the heart muscle dies and is replaced with scar tissue. If damage is severe, the heart may be unable to pump enough blood through the body, a condition called heart failure. Life-threatening irregular heartbeats known as arrhythmias can also occur.
What is a speech-language pathologist?
Speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, treat and help prevent speech, language and communication disorders.
Speech-language pathologists work with people who cannot make speech sounds or cannot make them clearly; have speech rhythm and fluency problems, such as stuttering; have voice quality problems, such as an inappropriate pitch or harsh voice; have problems understanding and producing language; have cognitive communication problems, such as attention, memory and problem-solving disorders; or have oral motor problems that cause eating and swallowing difficulties.
Speech pathologists work in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, schools and private practices. A speech-language pathologist has a master's degree in speech and language and has completed postgraduate clinical work under the supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist.
Speech-language pathologists can acquire the certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathology (CCC-SLP) offered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
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