- Does my personal and family medical history put me at greater risk for cardiovascular disease?
- Do I have risk factors for cardiovascular disease that I can change (e.g., smoking, diet, etc.)?
- How can I enroll in a smoking cessation program? (If you smoke and wish to quit.)
- What level and type of exercise is appropriate for me?
- Is there anything that I should be doing right now to improve my cardiovascular health?
- Are there any specific activities or medications I should avoid?
Peem Lorvidhaya, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursRhode Island Cardiology Center
East Providence, RI 02914
- BC/BS of Rhode Island
- Neighborhood Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Rhode Island Hospital
- The Miriam Hospital
What questions should I ask the doctor to understand my heart disease risk?
SecondsCount.org answeredBeing prepared in advance for your office visit can help you make sure your doctor receives all the information he or she needs. Write down notes about your medical history as well as other members of your family to take with you, if you think that may be helpful. You may also want to write down notes containing questions you have for your doctor. The questions below can help you start your list:
What is a pathologist?
Pathologists are medical doctors who specialize in the examination of tissue and blood samples to diagnose disease and who perform autopsies.
Pathologists analyze and evaluate all tissues removed from people by such procedures as surgery or biopsy. They also are in charge of the clinical laboratories that analyze blood and body fluid samples. For example, when a person has a mole removed or has a Pap test, a pathologist examines the specimen to determine the diagnosis. Treatment decisions are often made based on the pathology report.
Pathologists can be board-certified in a number of subspecialities through the American Board of Pathology, which is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialities.
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What does flossing my teeth have to do with heart health?
Believe it or not, flossing may help prevent or manage heart disease. Researchers are not yet sure why, but patients with gum disease seem to have nearly twice the risk of also having heart disease. Flossing is key to preventing gum disease, or gingivitis.
One theory about the link between heart disease and gum disease is that bacteria from the mouth travels in the bloodstream to the arteries, where it damages the artery lining and contributes to arterial plaque build-up. Plaque is a fatty substance that builds up in arteries and blocks blood flow, causing a heart attack or stroke. Another theory is that bacteria in the mouth contributes to inflammation throughout the body, including the arteries, and thereby causes damage to the arteries and encourages plaque build-up.
Further research may prove one of these theories, or it may find some other explanation. Flossing is necessary for oral health regardless, so know that when you floss, it is possible that you are being kind to your heart and arteries as well. Be sure to work with your physician to monitor your cardiovascular health and see your dentist regularly. Your dentist can also help you learn effective flossing technique.
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