Peter J. Longo, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursPeter J Longo MD
800 Community Dr Ste 204
Manhasset, NY 11030
- monday: 8:30AM - 4:00PM
- tuesday: 8:30AM - 4:00PM
- wednesday: 8:30AM - 4:00PM
- thursday: 8:30AM - 7:00AM
- saturday: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
- BlueCross BlueShield
- ConnectiCare (EmblemHealth)
- Empire BlueCross BlueShield
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Horizon BlueCross BlueShield
- MVP Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Vytra Health Plans
- North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset
When should I see a doctor for chest pain?
People shouldn’t get concerned or panicked about quick, sharp pains in the chest that come and go. However, an unusual discomfort that’s in the chest and is uncomfortable no matter what the circumstances should receive medical attention. You should get assistance from a paramedic immediately if the discomfort doesn’t go away. If the discomfort is a recurrent episode, especially if it’s related to activity, you should see your doctor.
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.
Can a negative attitude affect heart health?
If you constantly complain, with no interest in finding a solution, or secretly enjoy throwing pity-parties for yourself more than once in a blue moon, know that an ongoing gloomy attitude triples your risk of a heart attack, a bypass, and even clogged leg arteries. On the other hand, a positive attitude and optimistic outlook can improve your quality of life, help you stay well, and may also speed up healing.
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