Posts Tagged ‘american heart association’

Heart Healthy Cornbread for Your Spring Picnic!

Heart Healthy Cornbread RecipeUse this yummy “Good for you Cornbread” recipe to add a heart healthy option to your spring picnic basket.  It will not only taste great but also provides a heart healthy carbohydrate option.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup low-fat (1%) buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup soft tub margarine
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil (to grease pan)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 OF. Mix together cornmeal, flour, sugar, and baking powder. In another bowl, combine buttermilk and egg. Beat lightly. Slowly add buttermilk and egg mixture to dry ingredients. Add margarine and mix by hand or with mixer for 1 minute. Bake for 20-25 minutes in an 8- by 8-inch, greased baking dish. Cool. Cut into 10 squares.

Yield: 10 servings

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1 square)

  • Calories: 178
  • Fat: 6 grams
  • Cholesterol: 22 milligrams
  • Sodium: 94 milligrams

Source: National Institutes of Health – www.nih.gov/ Keep the Beat: Heart Healthy Recipes

Enjoy this recipes and find other heart healthy recipes at  Emory Healthcare’s Recipe’s for Wellness site.

Emory Healthcare is a proud partner of the American Heart Association in the My Heart. My Life campaign that helps consumers learn the 7 simple steps to a healthy lifestyle.

Heart Surgery and Depression – How are they Related?

Dr. Angel Leon, Chief of Cardiology at Emory University Hospital Midtown, discusses how heart surgery can lead to depression in his latest interview with Fox 5 News leading up to the Atlanta Heart Walk tomorrow!

View the video clip to learn how heart surgery may be tied to depression and more on the what steps you can take or what you can do to help a loved one when this occurs:

To learn more about the Emory Heart & Vascular Center and the services we offer visit our website – emoryhealthcare.org/heart.

Dr. Angel LeonAbout Angel Leon, MD:
Dr. Leon is a Professor of Medicine and the Chief of Cardiology at Emory University Midtown. His specialties include electrophysiology, cardiology, and internal medicine, and his areas of clinical interest include arrhythmia ablation, electrophysiology lab, and pacemaker. Dr. Leon holds organizational leadership memberships with the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association and he’s been practicing with Emory since 1991.

Heart Attack Atop Stone Mountain?

Atlanta Heart Walk 2011We hope having a heart attack on Stone Mountain is not something you will never have to worry about, but for one Emory Heart & Vascular Center patient, he had to take quick action to save his life. Luckily Howard Dean survived to tell the story and is now participating in the Emory HeartWise Heart Disease Risk Reduction program. He has even returned to hike Stone Mountain since that crazy day. View this Fox 5 Atlanta piece on Howard’s story:

To help keep your heart healthy, register to join us this Saturday, October 29th for the American Heart Association’s Metro Atlanta Heart Walk! If you don’t have a team, you can join our Emory team!

  1. Visit www.atlantaheartwalk.org
  2. To register as a participant, click Register and then click “I agree to the waiver.”
  3. Select Join a Team. Find Emory Healthcare in the drop-down box, and find the name of the team you want to join.
  4. Login to your personal Heart Walk page and personalize it by telling your story and adding a photo.

Join 15,000 Friends this Saturday Morning to Protect Your Heart!

Emory Heart & Vascular Center cardiologist Dr. Laurence Sperling and 2011 Atlanta Heart Walk co-chair Robert W. Webb, Jr. from Troutman Sanders spoke on Fox 5 News on Monday, October 24, 2011 about heart disease prevention and why it is important to walk in this year’s Metro Atlanta Heart Walk event.   You can view the video below and join the Emory team today by following these easy steps:

  1. Atlanta Heart Walk 2011Visit www.atlantaheartwalk.org
  2. To register as a participant, click Register and then click “I agree to the waiver.”
  3. Select Join a Team. Find Emory Healthcare in the drop-down box, and find the name of the team you want to join.
  4. Login to your personal Heart Walk page and personalize it by telling your story and adding a photo.

The funds raised from the Metro Atlanta Heart Walk go to support the American Heart Association’s critical research, education, and heart health advocacy initiatives. We look forward to seeing you all there!


About Dr. Laurence Sperling, MD:
Dr. Sperling specializes in internal medicine and cardiology—his areas of clinical interest are cardiac catheterization, cardiac rehabilitation, general cardiology, echocardiogram, lipid metabolism, and electron beam computed tomography. Dr. Sperling has been practicing with Emory since 1997, and has received various awards from the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association Council, and Emory University Hospital. He serves as medical director for a number of unique programs at Emory including the HeartWise Risk Reduction Program, InterVent Atlanta, Staying Aloft, Emory’s LDL aperesis program, and has served as special consultant to The Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Sperling has been voted one of America’s Top Doctors, and has been featured often on local and national TV, newspaper, radio, and magazines.

Keep your Heart Healthy – Walk in the 2011 Metro Atlanta Heart Walk

Author: Dr. Angel Leon, Chief of Cardiology at Emory University Hospital Midtown

In an interview with Fox 5 TV in Atlanta, I talked about the importance of keeping your heart healthy by knowing some important heart related numbers for:

  • Total cholesterol
  • Blood pressure
  • Waist size
  • Blood sugar

You can view the story by watching the video below. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Also, take a step to a healthy heart and to raise money for heart disease research by signing up for the Heart Walk today!

Register to Join the Emory Atlanta Heart Walk Team:

To register as part of Emory’s walking team, follow these 4 steps:

  1. Visit www.atlantaheartwalk.org
  2. To register as a participant, click Register and then click “I agree to the waiver.”
  3. Select Join a Team. Find Emory Healthcare in the drop-down box, and find the name of the team you want to join.
  4. Login to your personal Heart Walk page and personalize it by telling your story and adding a photo.

The funds raised from the Metro Atlanta Heart Walk go to support the American Heart Association’s critical research, education, and heart health advocacy initiatives. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Dr. Angel LeonAbout Angel Leon, MD:

Dr. Leon is a Professor of Medicine and the Chief of Cardiology at Emory University Midtown. His specialties include electrophysiology, cardiology, and internal medicine, and his areas of clinical interest include arrhythmia ablation, electrophysiology lab, and pacemaker. Dr. Leon holds organizational leadership memberships with the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, and he’s been practicing with Emory since 1991.

 

Why I am Walking in the 2011 Metro Atlanta Heart Walk – Malia Veator

Atlanta Heart WalkNine years ago I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and heart failure. I was very weak, but I improved with medication and diet. At this point, I decided to get a second opinion at Emory Healthcare based on Dr. Andy Smith’s recognition in the heart failure community. I quickly felt very comfortable with Dr. Smith and his staff at the Emory Heart Failure Clinic.

My husband and I concluded that we had met the best doctor to manage my progressive illness. Due to our confidence in Dr. Smith, we followed his advice to have a defibrillator implanted in 2006 to help manage my arrhythmias. In 2007, I became symptomatic again because my mitral valve was leaking significantly. Dr. Smith and my local cardiologist in Macon, Dr. Thomas Terry, advised that I have valve surgery. In 2008, Dr. Robert Guyton, at Emory, performed a mitral valve repair on my heart. A few weeks after surgery, I began having more arrhythmias that could not be controlled. As a result of this new challenge, I had a cardiac ablation in Macon by Dr. Felix Sogade. My heart continued to weaken over the next two years, and I was placed on the heart transplant waiting list in February 2010.

Living with advanced heart failure has been challenging at times. Before my heart transplant in March 2010, there were the days when I couldn’t grocery shop, vacuum or even walk for five minutes. I even dreaded having to wash and dry my hair because I would get exhausted and had trouble breathing.

Life has changed for my family over the last nine years but my husband and I believe that these changes have been beneficial to improving our way of approaching life. Due to my illness, we were unable to have children and our greatest gift has been our beautiful son that we adopted in 2008. We now appreciate each day that we are given and feel very blessed that I have been given a second chance at life.

Waiting for a new heart can be a difficult challenge. But, my family was blessed when we received a phone call about a new heart only 10 days after being placed on the waiting list. Having the heart transplant was such an exciting time for me. When I first came off the ventilator after the surgery, I could already feel an improvement. I noticed my chronic cough was gone and my husband quickly told me I had color in my cheeks again. Four days after surgery I was walking the hospital halls. In fact, I was walking faster and further than I had in the previous two years. I have been exercising ever since: walking, running, light weight training and tennis. These are activities most people take for granted; activities I used to take for granted. Not any more, now I appreciate all activities of daily living. I even enjoy working again!

Since having my transplant, I am followed at the Emory Transplant Clinic and I am proud to say I have met many more remarkable doctors and nurses. I call my clinic doctors, typically Dr. Book, Dr. Laskar or Dr. Cole, my biopsy buddies since I have to have heart biopsies on a regular basis to check for rejection of my new heart. They are great at their jobs, but I would not expect anything less from such a superb hospital. My confidence in Emory, my faith in God and my support from my family give me the courage to continue living life to the fullest each and every day. I could not ask for anything more.

There is no doubt that I was able to benefit from the research and advances made possible by organizations like Emory Healthcare and the American Heart Association, and receive a heart transplant – when 50 years ago there would not have been any options for me!

I am proud to be participating in the 2011 Metro Atlanta Heart Walk! The American Heart Association has made huge advances in the treatment of heart disease resulting from funding heart research, and I want to give back so that others can benefit and hopefully we will one day find a cure for heart disease. I am also walking to honor my family, my heart donor and their family, and the many staff at Emory Healthcare who have been with me on my journey from heart failure to heart transplantation.

Malia Veator, Emory Heart & Vascular Center patient and 2011 Atlanta Heart Walk Participant

Let’s Keep the Heart Disease Prevention Momentum Going!

Thanks to those who joined me Wednesday for our live chat on Women and Heart Disease. We discussed a lot of different topics related to women and heart disease and had some great questions! If you were unable to join us, check out the transcript of the chat!

If you are a woman with heart disease and want to schedule an evaluation call 404-778-2746. The Emory Women’s Heart Program sees patients on Thursdays and Fridays at The Emory Clinic on Clifton Road. Emory Women’s Heart Program provides cardiac risk assessment, diagnosis and heart disease care through a women-focused approach to cardiovascular care. Our goal is to help women prevent heart disease and improve cardiovascular outcomes through the highest quality patient and family-centered care, research and education.

During the chat, we talked a bit about the upcoming 2011 Metro Atlanta Heart Walk. If you’re interested in participating, but don’t have a team, you can join ours! I will be there with my colleagues and we will have physicians and medical professionals available to answer questions at the Emory My Heart. My Life. Booth located near the main stage.

2011 Metro Atlanta Heart Walk Event Details

Atlanta Heart Walk

Date : Saturday, October 30th

Time : 9:00am (walk starts)

Distance : 5k (3.1 miles)

Location : Downtown Atlanta in the Turner Field Green Lot (755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315). Visit www.atlantabraves.com for directions.

Festivities, such as company picnics, special heart walk activities for children, health screenings and entertainment will begin around 8:00 a.m. The 5K/3.1-mile walk begins at 9:00 a.m.

Register to Join the Emory Atlanta Heart Walk Team:

To register as part of Emory’s walking team, follow these 4 steps:

  1. Visit www.atlantaheartwalk.org
  2. To register as a participant, click Register and then click “I agree to the waiver.”
  3. Select Join a Team. Find Emory Healthcare in the drop-down box, and find the name of the team you want to join.
  4. Login to your personal Heart Walk page and personalize it by telling your story and adding a photo.

The funds raised from the Metro Atlanta Heart Walk go to support the American Heart Association’s critical research, education, and heart health advocacy initiatives. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Ijeoma Isiadinso, MDAbout Dr. Ijeoma Isiadinso
Dr. Isiadinso is a preventive cardiologist with the Emory Heart & Vascular Center. She specializes in heart disease prevention with special interests in lifestyle modification, cardiovascular risk factor screening, hyperlipidemia and women’s heart disease. She completed her medical education and training at MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine and Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia before joining Emory in 2010. Dr. Isiadinso is Associate Director of the Emory Heart & Vascular Center’s Women’s Heart Program and she is committed to helping women and men live healthy lives.

Thanks for joining us for the live chat yesterday on Women and Heart Disease.  We discussed a lot of different topics related to women and heart disease and had some great questions!  If you were unable to join us visit the past chats link on the blog site to review the transcript of the chat!

If you are a woman with heart disease and want to schedule an evaluation call 404-778-2746.  The Emory women’s heart program sees patients on Thursdays and Fridays at The Emory Clinic on Clifton Road.  Emory Women’s Heart Program provides cardiac risk assessment, diagnosis and heart disease care through a women-focused approach to cardiovascular care.  Our goal is to help women prevent heart disease and improve cardiovascular outcomes through the highest quality patient and family-centered care, research and education.

Join our team at the American Heart Association Atlanta Heart Walk on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Turner Field.  I will be there with my colleagues and we will have physicians and medical professionals available to answer questions at the Emory My Heart. My Life. Booth located near the main stage.

2011 Atlanta Heart Walk – Are You Walking for a Heart Healthy Cause?

Atlanta Heart Walk
Did you know that Heart disease and stroke are the number 1 and number 3 causes of death in America? Over 1 million Americans die from these two diseases annually. Emory Healthcare and Emory’s Heart & Vascular Center encourage you all to participate in the 2011 Metro Atlanta Heart Walk! Your participation helps support critical, lifesaving initiatives to help fight heart disease and stroke.

2011 Metro Atlanta Heart Walk Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, October 30th
  • Time: 9:00am (walk starts)
  • Distance: 5k (3.1 miles)
  • Location: Downtown Atlanta in the Turner Field Green Lot (755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315) You can visit www.atlantabraves.com for directions.

Festivities, such as company picnics, special heart walk activities for children, health screenings and entertainment, will begin
around 8:00 a.m. The 5K/3.1-mile walk begins at 9:00 a.m.

Register to Join the Emory Atlanta Heart Walk Team:

To register as part of Emory’s walking team, follow these 4 steps:

  1. Visit www.atlantaheartwalk.org
  2. To register as a participant, click Register and then click “I agree to the waiver.”
  3. Select Join a Team. Find Emory Healthcare in the drop-down box and find the name of the team you want to join.
  4. Login to your personal Heart Walk page and personalize it by telling your story and adding a photo.

The funds raised from the Metro Atlanta Heart Walk go to support the American Heart Association’s critical research, education, and heart health advocacy initiatives.

Join the Emory team today and make a difference in the lives of others! Through participation in the 2010 Atlanta Heart Walk, over 1950 Emory Healthcare walkers raised more than $286,000 for the American Heart Association and was the No. 1 team in Atlanta for the 9th year in a row!

If you have walked in past Heart Walks, we would love your feedback. Tell us in the comments below why you walk, and what the experience means to you. Feel free to share any feedback that you think could help motivate others to participate.

Did you know that Heart disease and stroke are the number 1 and Number 3 causes of death in America? Over 1 million Americans die from these two diseases annually. Emory Healthcare and Emory’s Heart & Vascular Center encourage you all to participate in the 2011 Metro Atlanta Heart Walk! Your participation helps support critical, lifesaving initiatives to help fight heart disease and stroke.

Emory Healthcare Partners with American Heart Association for “My Heart. My Life” Program

American Heart AssociationAre you living a heart-healthy life? According to a recent American Heart Association survey, 54 percent of American adults have a heart health condition or need to make a lifestyle change to improve their heart health.

In a combined effort to raise awareness on heart disease and its risks, Emory Healthcare has partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to promote the “My Heart. My Life” Program.  The “My Heart. My Life” Program is a comprehensive new health, wellness and fitness initiative that aims to educate and encourage Atlanta residents to embrace an overall healthier lifestyle to improve cardiovascular health.

The “My Heart. My Life” Campaign intends to spread awareness among Atlanta residents through healthy eating, physical activity, and providing related information on maintaining strong cardiovascular health . The Simple 7 are seven steps you can follow to enhance or sustain your cardiovascular health such as being active and controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol. These steps can be followed by anyone, are inexpensive to take, and even the smallest changes can improve your health. To find out where you stand on the Simple 7, My LifeCheck assesses your current health status in conjunction with the seven steps and helps you create an action plan to better help you live a heart-healthy life.

In relation to physical activity, AHA is hosting its annual “Start! Heart Walk” in Atlanta that has over 15,000 participants every year and is projected to reach 1 million participants this year. The Heart Walk is intended to educate the community and show AHA’s and the community’s strong commitment to eliminating heart disease as the leading cause of death in the US. The walk is a part of AHA’s “Start” campaign to promote physical exercise as an important tool in maintaining a healthy heart. For more information on the Start! campaign and how you can be more active, visit: http://www.startwalkingnow.org/home.jsp .

According to AHA, over 2200 Americans die from cardiovascular disease every day. Through this campaign, the American Heart Association aims to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.

Fight for your heart! Check back each week for more detailed information from Emory Healthcare cardiologists on the Simple 7 steps to improve your health!

About Dr. Laurence Sperling, MD
Dr. Sperling specializes in preventive cardiology – his areas of clinical interest are cardiac rehabilitation, general cardiology, lipid metabolism. Dr. Sperling has been practicing at Emory since 1997 and has received various awards from the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association Council, and Emory University Hospital.  He serves as medical director for a number of unique programs at Emory including the HeartWise Risk Reduction Program, InterVent Atlanta, Staying Aloft, Emory’s LDL apheresis program, and has served as a special consultant to The Centers for Disease Control.  Dr. Sperling has been voted one of America’s Top Doctors, and has been featured often on local and national TV, newspaper, radio and magazines.