Heart Disease

Heart Disease is Not Just a “Man’s Disease”

Heart Disease PreventionHeart disease is often considered “a man’s disease” so you may be surprised to learn that over 8.6 million women worldwide die from heart disease each year. This accounts for over 1/3 of all deaths in women. In fact, heart disease kills 6 times more women each year compared to breast cancer.*

Interesting Facts on Heart Disease in Women Vs. Men:

  • Women often times wait longer than men to go to an emergency room for treatment while having a heart attack.
  • Physicians, not specifically trained in women and heart disease, some times have a harder time diagnosing heart attacks in women because of the differences in presentation of symptoms.
  • Women’s hearts respond better than men’s hearts to healthy changes in lifestyle.
  • Within a year after a heart attack, 38% of women will die, compared to 25% of men.
  • Women are more than 2 times more likely to die after bypass surgery then men.

Make a Healthy Nutrition New Years Resolution You Will Keep Year Long!

Did you make a New Years Resolution yet? According to a recent study at the University of Bristol, approximately 88% of the resolutions people make each New Years fail, even when the participants were extremely confident they would succeed. Well make a resolution you can keep by following some simple guidelines outlined by Emory Women’s Heart Center cardiologist Farheen Shirazi, MD. Dr. Shirazi recommends that if you want to start eating a heart healthy diet and lose weight that you should start with small measurable goals instead of trying to make any dramatic changes right away.

For example, in order to change your diet, she recommends mapping out your menu for the month and only changing one or two things each week. This could be as simple as increasing the number of times each week you eat fish by one night and increasing your intake of a fruit by one a week. You can accomplish this by switching a carb snack for a fresh fruit one time a week. She highly recommends you write down your goals because you will be encouraged to progress.

Check out more healthy recipe and meal planning tips on this New Years heart healthy video -

Dr. Farheen ShiraziAbout Dr. Shirazi
Farheen Shirazi, MD is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Shirazi completed medical school at Morehouse School of Medicine before completing her internship at NYU, residency at Stanford University and fellowship at Emory University. She is passionate about teaching patients how to reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke. Her practice encompasses the scope of general cardiology, with a focus on cardiovascular disease prevention and women’s health.

Dr. Shirazi has published in the arena of preventive cardiology and is currently working on literature in the field of women’s cardiovascular health.

Dr. Shirazi is board certified in Internal Medicine (2009) and Cardiology. She is a member of several professional organizations including the American Heart Association, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association and the American College of Cardiology.
Dr. Shirazi will see patients at Emory at East Cobb – Heart & Vascular as well as Emory Heart & Vascular Center at 1365 Clifton Road.

She enjoys drawing, painting and reading classical literature in her spare time.

About the Emory Women’s Heart Center
Emory Women’s Heart Center is a unique program dedicated to screening, preventing and treating heart disease in women. The Center, led by nationally renowned cardiologist Gina Lundberg, MD provides comprehensive cardiac risk assessment and screenings for patients at risk for heart disease as well as full range of treatment options for women already diagnosed with heart disease care.
Find out if you are at risk for heart disease by scheduling your comprehensive cardiac screening. Call 404-778-7777.

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Go Red for Your Heart In February

Go Red Events AtlantaHeart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, but in many cases it’s preventable. That’s why Emory Healthcare would like to invite you to a women’s heart health event in February, either at our Emory University Hospital Midtown campus, or our Emory University Hospital campus.

During these fun, educational events, participants will have an opportunity to meet Emory Women’s Heart Center physicians and staff and learn about how to prevent, detect and treat heart disease. In addition, the events feature nutrition consultations, food and promotional vendors, as well as body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure screenings for attendees.

RSVP: 404-778-7777

Go Red Event Details

Date: Friday, February 14, 2014
Program: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Heart Health event in the hospital’s atrium
12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. — How to Prevent, Detect and Treat Heart Disease in Women, a presentation delivered by Emory Women’s Heart Center physician Alexis Cutchins, MD

Location: Emory University Hospital Midtown
550 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

Women with Diabetes are Four Times More Likely to Develop Heart Disease

A new research study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine demonstrated that women under 60 who have diabetes are up to four times more likely to develop coronary artery disease compared to those without diabetes. This news is especially important as none of the subjects had heart disease at the time of their enrollment.

In addition, we know that women under the age of 60 tend to have lower rates of heart disease compared to their male counterparts. However, this study shows that the presence of diabetes eliminated that gender disparity. These findings highlight the need for aggressive screening and management of other risk factors for coronary heart disease among younger diabetic women.

It is imperative to recognize that heart disease can present differently in women compared to men. Women often wait longer to get help and this can lead to irreversible damage to the heart muscle.

The most common symptoms of heart disease in women are :

  1. Chest Pain
  2. Pain in the back, neck, arms or jaw
  3. Upper abdominal pain
  4. Nausea or lightheadedness
  5. Shortness of breath
  6. Sweating
  7. Fatigue

If you suspect you have heart disease, visit your physician to be screened. You can check out the Emory Women’s Heart Center for details on screening. If you suspect you are having a heart attack, get help immediately. Remember, every minute makes a difference and could save your life.

About Dr. Isiadinso
Ijeoma Isiadinso, M.D.Ijeoma Isiadinso, MD MPH is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Isiadinso completed her undergraduate studies at Binghamton University in New York majoring in biology and sociology. She then pursued a joint degree in medicine and public health at MCP Hahnemann (Drexel University) School of Medicine. Dr. Isiadinso completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Cardiology at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. She served as Chief Fellow during her final year of her cardiology fellowship.

Her commitment to public health has led to her involvement in several projects focused on heart disease and diabetes. She has participated in research projects with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and presented her work at national conferences. Her research interests include inequalities in health care, community and preventive health, lipid disorders, women and heart disease, and program development and evaluation.
Dr. Isiadinso has served as the health advisor to nonprofit organizations. She has participated in panel discussions at high schools, universities, and with the Black Entertainment Television Foundation.

About the Emory Women’s Heart Center
Emory Women’s Heart Center is a unique program dedicated to screening, preventing and treating heart disease in women. The Center, led by nationally renowned cardiologist Gina Lundberg, MD provides comprehensive cardiac risk assessment and screenings for patients at risk for heart disease as well as full range of treatment options for women already diagnosed with heart disease care.

Find out if you are at risk for heart disease by scheduling your comprehensive cardiac screening. Call 404-778-7777.

Did You Know that Getting a Flu Shot Can Also Lower Your Risk for Heart Attack?

Flu Shot Lower Heart Disease RiskRecent research published in JAMA, Journal of the American Medical Association,  indicate that the influenza vaccine may reduce the risk of a heart attack by as much as 50% for those individuals who have already had a heart attack.  Current guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) recommend everyone over 6 months of age receive the flu shot.

The AHA especially recommends that patients with heart disease or stroke receive the flu vaccine on an annual basis. It is not known how the flu vaccine protects the heart but it does decrease your risk of contracting the flu.  It is hypothesized that contracting the flu can increase systemic inflammation that could aggravate unstable plaques in the heart arteries.  If the unstable plaque is dislodged this could lead to a heart attack.

Regardless of whether you have heart disease or not, it is important to get your flu shot every year. And if you’ve already a experienced a heart attack, getting your flu shot may just save your life!

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About the Emory Women’s Heart Center
Emory Women’s Heart Center is a unique program dedicated to screening, preventing and treating heart disease in women. The Center, led by nationally renowned cardiologist Gina Lundberg, MD provides comprehensive cardiac risk assessment and screenings for patients at risk for heart disease as well as full range of treatment options for women already diagnosed with heart disease care.

Find out if you are at risk for heart disease by scheduling your comprehensive cardiac screening. Call 404-778-7777.

About Dr. Cutchins
Dr. Alexis Cutchins specializes in heart disease in women, general cardiology, heart disease prevention.  She has a  passion for caring for women with heart disease and is the Director of the Emory University Hospital Midtown Emory Women’s Heart Center.   She sees patients at Emory Heart & Vascular Center at Perimeter – 875 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA, 30342 as well as at Emory Heart & Vascular Center at Midtown, 550 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.

 

Moderate-Intensity Walking Can Lower Diabetes Risk & Boost Overall Health

Walking For Your HealthWalking is one of the most popular, cheapest as well as convenient exercises you can do. A recent study completed at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) and published in Diabetes Care indicates that moderate – intensity walking is one of the best prescriptions for improving your overall health. In order to receive the maximum benefit from this activity, it is important to work on getting your heart rate up. When you are walking you should be able to hold a conversation with your walking partner but that you are not completely out of breath.

The study showed that a short (15 minutes) moderate – intensity walk after each meal in patients at risk for Type 2 diabetes helped control blood sugar. The research was done with 10 overweight, sedentary, pre – diabetic individuals indicated walking is beneficial because it helps to clear blood sugar by the muscle contractions.

Read the full USA Today article to get some tips on walking to ensure you are maximizing your effort and the net benefit!

National government guidelines recommend adults get at least 2 ½ hours of moderate – intensity physical activity each week in addition to strengthening exercises so get walking today! You could be adding years to your life and have fun at the same time!

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About the Emory Women’s Heart Center
Emory Women’s Heart Center is a unique program dedicated to screening, preventing and treating heart disease in women. The Center, led by nationally renowned cardiologist Gina Lundberg, MD provides comprehensive cardiac risk assessment and screenings for patients at risk for heart disease as well as full range of treatment options for women already diagnosed with heart disease care.

Find out if you are at risk for heart disease by scheduling your comprehensive cardiac screening. Call 404-778-7777.

About Gina Lundberg, MD

Dr. Gina LundbergGina Price Lundberg, MD FACC is the Director of the Heart Center for Women. She founded and directed The Women’s Heart Center, the first women’s cardiac prevention program in the state of Georgia in 1998.

She was named by Governor Sonny Perdue to the Advisory Board for Women’s Health, Georgia Department of Women’s Health, Department of Community Health for 2007-2008. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University and teaches cardiology fellows at Grady Hospital. She also teaches medical students from the Medical College of Georgia in preventive cardiology. She is a member of the American College of Cardiologist’s Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Committee.

She has been a Board Member of the American Heart Association for Atlanta since 2001. She has been involved with the Go Red for Women campaign since it launched in 2004. She has been on the Southeast Affiliate for the AHA’s Strategic Initiative Committee representing Go Red for Women. She is national speaker for the American Heart Association. She has also been working with the national organization, Sister to Sister Foundation from 2004 till the present with their Atlanta program.

She has been interviewed on the subject of Heart Disease in Women in Glamour Magazine, MD News, the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and other magazines. She has been interviewed on numerous local news shows and many radio programs over the years. Dr. Lundberg has published articles in several medical journals and contributed to several text books.

Dr. Lundberg has lived most of her life in Atlanta,GA. She attended the Medical College of Georgia and trained in Internal Medicine at Atlanta Medical Center (Georgia Baptist). Her cardiology fellowship was at Rush University in Chicago. She has been in private practice in Atlanta since 1994. She is Board Certified in Cardiology and Internal Medicine and re-certified in both in 2002. She has two children and considers motherhood her first and foremost career.

Emory Cardiac Rehabilitation Patient Receives Volunteer Award!

Wayland Moore HeartWise Patient

Emory cardiac rehabilitation/HeartWise patient, Mr. Wayland Moore recently received the Creativity & Arts at Emory Healthcare Volunteer Award. Mr. Moore is a professional artist who has lived and worked around the Emory area for 55 years. He created ‘Art with Heart’ to help stimulate and challenge the minds of the Emory cardiac rehabilitation patients in a creative way following a heart event (heart attack, open heart surgery).

The 6 week, Art with Heart, class allows novice and intermediate artists to expand their skills in a fun and supportive environment. The monies donated from the class help to fund the scholarship program which allows Emory cardiac rehabilitation patients who experience a financial crisis to continue to exercise in a medically supervised cardiac rehabilitation program.

The class meets 4 – 5 times a year at the HeartWiseSM Risk Reduction Program located on the 5th floor of the 1525 Clifton Road building on Emory University Hospital campus. All of Mr. Moore’s time and energy is donated to help the patients in class. The current class of ‘patient artists’ is full to capacity. The art that the class creates is displayed in full light each year at the annual holiday party for the HeartWise program. Each year more art is shown and excitement is raised because of the bond and creativity that has been fostered in Mr. Moore’s class.

We are proud to have Mr. Moore as a part of the Emory cardiac rehabilitation team! Congratulations on a well deserved award!

About HeartWise℠

Emory’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program / HeartWise℠ Risk Reduction Program helps patients reduce their risk of heart disease. Cardiac Rehabilitation / HeartWise℠ serves not only patients who currently suffer from heart disease, but also aims to identify those who could be candidates for problems down the road (smokers, people who do not exercise, a person with high blood pressure), and try to lead them down a healthier path. To learn more visit http://www.emoryhealthcare.org/heart-disease-prevention/about-us/index.html

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Dr. Samady talks George W. Bush, Cardiac Angioplasty with Associated Press

Many of the Associated Press new stories on former United States President George W. Bush’s recent surgery to unblock an artery in his heart feature discussion from Emory Heart & Vascular Center’s Director of Interventional Cardiology, Habib Samady, MD, who was interviewed to discuss details of the former President’s cardiac angioplasty and how arteries in the heart become blocked.

During a routine physical, doctors found a blockage in Bush’s artery. In order to open up the artery blockage, cardiologists at a Texas hospital performed a cardiac angioplasty procedure.

Dr. Samady says it takes 20 to 30 years for cholesterol to build up in the arteries. When the narrowing of the blood vessel gets to 80– 90 % then the blockage will limit blood flow. When this occurs patients may experience symptoms of heart disease such as:

• Chest pain
• Pressure in chest
• Shortness of breath
• Fatigue

Learn more about cardiac angioplasties and the former President’s heart surgery in this AP video featuring Dr. Samady!

Cardiac angioplasties are fairly common procedures and many times the patients go home the same day or the next day. They can be performed for outpatients with symptoms of angina or evidence of low blood flow on a stress test or for inpatients with heart attacks or “near heart attacks”. Emory cardiologists were pioneers in developing the angioplasty procedure in the 1980’s. Former Emory cardiologist Andreas Gruentzig performed the first balloon angioplasty in 1977 in Zurich, Switzerland before immigrating to the United States and coming to Emory from where the procedure was taught and disseminated through out the world. In 1987, Emory interventional cardiologists were the first to deploy coronary stents in the United States and currently are national leaders in determining which patient needs to have a blockage unblocked by measuring blood flow in each artery as well as in the use of miniaturized ultrasound and infrared cameras for the optimal deployment of coronary stents.

Dr. Habib SamadyAbout Habib Samady, MD
Dr. Samady is the Director of Interventional Cardiology at Emory Hospitals as well as an Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. He has been practicing medicine for over 20 years and has been on faculty at Emory since 1998. Dr. Samady has been instrumental in the development of the interventional cardiology program at Emory. He specializes in cardiac cauterization, interventional cardiology, nuclear cardiology and valve disease. He is a published author and has published several articles in peer reviewed publications.

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Shape Up Your Heart this Summer by Attending a Heart Disease Prevention Event!

HeartWise events AtlantaThe HeartWise℠ Risk Reduction Program Lecture Series aims to reduce people’s risk of heart disease through education and interaction. In addition to serving patients who currently suffer from heart disease, we also provide help to individuals who could be at risk for heart complications in the future including those who smoke, do not exercise or have high blood pressure.

You can register for our HeartWise events online!

♥ WomenHeart of Atlanta: Support Group
Monday, July 8, 12pm – 1:15pm

♥ Food Safety
Tasha Mickens, RD, LD, CDE
Monday, July 22, 12pm – 12:30pm

♥ Heart Healthy Fats
Tasha Mickens, RD, LD, CDE
Monday, July 29, 12:00pm – 12:30pm

♥ Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease
Courtney Sutton, Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology Intern
Wednesday, July 31, 8:30am – 9:00am AND 11:30am – Noon

♥ Connections Between Aging, Balance & Exercise
Joshua Naterman, Georgia State University Exercise Science Intern
Monday, August 5, 8:30am – 9:00am AND Noon – 12:30pm

♥ Fantastic Fiber
Tasha Mickens, RD, LD, CDE
Monday, August 19, 12pm – 12:30pm

♥ WomenHeart of Atlanta: Support Group
Monday, July 8, 12pm – 1:15pm

Admission for our heart disease prevention events is free and everyone is welcome.  Parking is validated for up to 2 hours. Call 404-778-2850 to reserve your seat, or you can register for our HeartWise events online!

*If you would like to purchase a t-shirt or calendar where the proceeds go to the HeartWise scholarship fund which allows patients who run into financial challenges continue the wellness and prevention, please call 404-778-2850.

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