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Start Walking for Your Heart Health, One Step at a Time!

Today is National Start Walking Day so get up and get moving! Your heart will thank you! Statistics say that 1 out of every 2 men and 1 out of every 3 women are at risk for heart disease. Research says that poor lifestyle choices are the major contributor to the disease.

Walkers at the Atlanta Heart Walk

Walkers during the 2010 Atlanta Heart Walk.

Research by the American Heart Association proves the benefits of walking (or moderate physical activity) for at least 30 minutes a day can help:

  • Improve mental well being
  •  Lower blood pressure
  • Improve blood sugar levels
  • Maintain or improve body weight
  • Lower risks of colon and breast cancer
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Reduce risk of coronary heart disease

Take-Aways from Cardiac Arrest Web Chat

Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Young AthletesThank you for those who were able to participate in the Emory Heart & Vascular Live Chat on Cardiac Arrest in Young Athletes. I was very impressed by many of your questions on the topic of cardiac arrest, and happy to be able to answer them. If you were not able to join me, you can view the Sudden Cardiac Arrest chat transcript here.

In the chat, we covered a variety of important topics pertaining to cardiac arrest symptoms, warning signs, and risk factors. All parents, coaches, and supporters of young athletes should be aware of these warning signs and know how to respond when they present themselves. There are a few key takeaways from last week’s chat that I would like to reiterate:

  1. Children and adults can survive sudden cardiac arrest if parents and others in the area act quickly.
  2. We encourage all coaches and parents learn CPR.
  3. In addition, we recommend obtaining an AED for all sports facilities. The equipment can be costly, but can save the life of a young athlete.

During the chat, there was also a question regarding what sports/activities were deemed too strenuous for those with heart disease. Please refer to the chart below that outlines the classification of competitive sports. The acceptable competive sports for those patients who have been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and most other types of heart disease are:

    • Billiards
    • Bowling
    • Cricket
    • Curling
    • Golf
    • Riflery

Please note that if you think you could be at risk for HCM you should visit your primary care physician for an evaluation. If the physician clears you or your child you do not need to limit activity based on the above chart.

If you have additional questions about sudden cardiac arrest in general, or cardiac arrest in young athletes, please use the comments section below. Please also feel free to use the comments section to let us know if you have other heart and vascular topics you would like to cover in future live chats!

Thanks again for a great chat!

Author: B. Robinson Williams, III, M.D.

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The Fraternal Order of Eagles Helps Emory Patients Take Steps Toward Heart Disease Prevention

Emory’s Heart Disease Prevention Program, HeartWise℠ , helps patients reduce their risk for heart disease, the number one cause of death among men and women in the U.S. The HeartWise℠ program 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 to help them make healthy lifestyle changes to prevent heart disease before it starts.

“I thought: If I was lucky enough to live, I’d change, myself-I realized I could have a new life-new energy, new endurance, and feel better about myself.” A well put statement by Larry King after his 1987 heart attack.

Emory’s HeartWise℠ Heart Disease Risk Reduction Program assists patients in taking steps towards living more heart healthy lives by providing them with leading heart disease prevention methods  and technology.

With the help from the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Emory’s HeartWise℠ program patients are now able to enhance their heart disease prevention program with a brand new, Nu-Step cardio machine.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, “has provided support for medical centers across the country to build and provide research for medical conditions — raising millions of dollars every year to combat heart disease and cancer, help handicapped kids, uplift the aged and make life a little brighter for everyone.”

Emory Healthcare is extremely grateful for their service and contribution of the Nu-Step cardio machine to our Heart Disease Prevention Program.  Thanks to this generous donation from the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the patients of the Emory’s HeartWise℠ program are literally able to take new strides in their journeys to heart disease prevention and/or rehabilitation.

Mr. Merle Jensen, pictured below surrounded by staff and interns, is extremely pleased with the new, Nu-step cardio machine. “Patients are already requesting another machine, because of its continuous use since its arrival,” states Kathy Lee Bishop, MS, PT, CCS and Manager of the HeartWise℠ program, “I just smile”.

For more information on Emory’s HeartWise℠ Heart Disease Prevention and Risk Reduction Program, or The Fraternal Order of Eagles, check out our related resources.

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Living in Walk-Friendly Neighborhoods Leads to Heart Healthy Lives

Do you live in an Intown, walkable neighborhood? If so, you may be extending your life!

Dr. Susmita Parashar comments on a new study that indicates there is evidence that people who live in a neighborhood that is very walker friendly live a heart healthier life.   Neighborhoods that have parks, restaurants and grocery stores within walking distance from the homes encourages people to get out and enjoy the outdoor and therefore this benefits the heart.  Check out the CNN Health Minute on Healthy Neighborhoods.

About Susmita Parashar, MD, MS
Dr. Parashar is a cardiologist at the Emory Heart & Vascular Center. She specializes in preventive cardiology and has special interests in women’s heart disease. She is the newest member of the Emory team and looks forward to helping patients in Atlanta prevent heart disease. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, and Cardiology fellowship at Emory University. Prior to joining Emory faculty in the Division of Cardiology, Dr. Parashar was Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine at Emory for eight years.