William Jaffe, DO
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursWilliam M Jaffe DO
1890 E Florence Blvd Ste 1
Casa Grande, AZ 85122
- BlueCross BlueShield
- BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona
- First Health
- Health Net
- United Healthcare
- Arizona Heart Hospital
- Banner Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Institute
- Casa Grande Regional Medical Center
- St Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center
If I was active when I was young, does that help my heart now?
Emilia Klapp, Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredThe benefits of physical activity aren’t stored over the years. People who are active in their youth but who become sedentary lose most of the benefits they accumulated years ago. In the Mediterranean region, people maintain the benefits of physical activity because they are active throughout their whole lives.
What is it called when my heart valve does not open properly?
Stenosis is the term for a heart valve that does not open properly. When the valve is working properly, it opens fully to allow all the needed blood to flow through. When a patient has aortic stenosis, the valve does not open all the way so less blood flows through the valve. As a result, the body has a reduced supply of oxygenated blood. Stenosis can be caused by age or by a malformed valve (called abicuspid valve), where two valves are fused together, which is present in 2% of the population.
How can eating cheese help my heart?
We often think of cheese as that artery-clogging no-no on top of pizza. But a new study suggests cheese might actually be good for your heart -- if you choose low-fat.
Yep. In a study of middle-aged adults, frequent servings of low-fat dairy products appeared to significantly reduce levels of heart-hampering inflammatory compounds.
The researchers measured blood levels of three inflammatory markers: C-reactive protein, interleukin-6, and tumor necrosis factor-alpha. And all three compounds were significantly lower in people who got 11 to 14 servings of low-fat dairy products each week compared with people who got fewer than eight servings. It's good news for your taste buds and your heart, because reducing the number of inflammatory compounds in your body may help protect you from heart disease.
Full-fat versions of dairy products are rich in saturated fat, and that means trouble for both your heart and your waistline. But low-fat and nonfat versions are rich in protein, B vitamins and minerals that have been credited with everything from reducing the risk of high blood pressure to lowering homocysteine -- a protein linked to heart disease. In the recent study, a cup of low-fat milk or yogurt or an ounce of cheese each counted as a serving. And every little serving helped. Eating just one extra serving of low-fat dairy per week resulted in a measurable decrease in inflammation.
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