Heart Disease

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    What is Aquapherisis Treatment for Congestive Heart Failure?
    Aquapherisis uses a large IV to drain fluid from the lungs and can help alleviate shortness of breath associated with congestive heart failure, says Rajdeep Gadh, MD, of Westside Medical Center. Learn more the treatment in this video.
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    What Lifestyle Changes Are Recommended for Heart Disease Patients?
    Patients with heart disease have to realize they will need a lifestyle change, says Frederick Chaleff, MD, of Westside Regional Medical Center. Learn more about recommended changes and how patients can stay heart-healthy. 
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    What happens if I don't get a blocked aortic valve treated?
    Without treatment, survival with a severely blocked aortic valve is less than 50%, says Marcos Nores, MD, of JFK Medical Center. In this video, he explains why it's important to get surgery when it's recommended.
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    What is a leaking mitral valve?
    A severely leaking mitral valve can lead to a weakening of the heart muscle and cause heart failure, says Marcos Nores, MD, of JFK Medical Center. In this video, he explains what happens to the heart when blood leaks from the mitral valve.
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    You should change your lifestyle and make heart healthy choices because diet and lifestyle have a profound effect on preventing cardiovascular disease.  This is accomplished by affecting risk factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugars and your body weight.

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    To reduce your risk of heart disease, it is recommended that you exercise 30-60 minutes most days of the week. Your exercise sessions can be divided into 15 minute segments in the morning and evening. Exercise should include aerobic and weight-bearing exercise, with strength training.

    Keep in mind that exercise alone cannot tackle obesity or excess pounds. Most people with busy lives and hectic jobs can’t exercise enough to lose weight by exercise alone. A combination of portion control, calorie restrictions and exercise can produce healthy results.
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    A body mass index (BMI) indicating that you are obese or overweight increases your risk for cardiovascular disease. The body mass index (BMI) is a screening tool that uses your height and weight to measure body fat. To calculate your BMI, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a calculator. Or you can look up your height and weight in the CDC’s BMI Index Chart. Your risk for cardiovascular disease is increased if your BMI falls within the following ranges:
    • If your BMI is 25.0 to 29.9, it falls within the “overweight” range.
    • If your BMI is 30.0 or higher, it falls within the “obese” range.
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    To reduce the cost of cardiovascular disease, lifestyle choices and preventive care are key. Healthy lifestyle choices and preventive care can save lives and cut healthcare costs.

    Cardiovascular disease, which includes coronary artery disease, stroke, peripheral artery disease, dysrhythmias or heart failure, is the leading cause of death in the U.S. It is estimated that expenses related to cardiovascular disease represent 17% of overall national health expenditures.

    Several studies have linked a “favorable cardiovascular risk profile” with a significant reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease events and mortality. The American Heart Association’s Strategic Impact Goals statement calls for individuals and society to emphasize wellness and prevention. Examples of wellness campaigns include the Million Hearts Initiative designed to limit or eliminate tobacco use, encouraging active lifestyle with a focus on obesity. These prevention steps will help to reduce hypertension, promote healthy cholesterol levels and prevent diabetes.

    There should be a focus on prevention, as well as expansion of screening and counseling for modifiable cardiovascular risks, which are lifestyle factors that individuals can control through healthier choices. These efforts can play a critical role in containing healthcare costs and improving people's health.
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    The costs of cardiovascular disease are as follows:
    • Highest annual costs: $14,157 in related medical costs for those with cardiovascular disease and high-risk profile for cardiovascular disease. Risk profile is based on lifestyle choices such as smoking status, diet and weight.
    • Lowest annual costs: $3,998 annual average healthcare costs for those who did not have cardiovascular disease and had an “optimal” (lowest-risk) profile.
    Expenses related to cardiovascular disease represent 17% of overall national health expenditures. Overall, $320 billion are attributed annually to direct costs of, and loss of productivity due to cardiovascular disease. During the next 15 years, cardiovascular disease costs are projected to triple.
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    To reduce your risk of heart disease, a healthy diet contains a daily serving of 25 grams of fiber for women and 38 grams of fiber for men. Not only can fiber help with digestion, it can also help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels. You can modify your cardiovascular risk by choosing fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains.