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6 Opportunities to Reduce Your Heart Disease Risk in August

Heart Disease Prevention Events August

At Emory Healthcare, we’re always doing what we can to provide free educational resources to our patients. We hold events each month for people to embrace their health and focus on opportunities for prevention and wellness. With that in mind, we are excited to announce the August lectures in the HeartWiseSM Risk Reduction Program Lecture Series!

The HeartWise program 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.

Diabetes Prevention
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
9 AM – 9:30 AM

Medications
Jane Whitmer, RN
Monday, August 15, 2011
7:30 AM – 8 AM

Fats: Good, Bad and UGLY!
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Monday, August 15, 2011
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Ins & Outs of Exercise
Clay Knight, Exercise Specialist
Monday, August 22, 2011
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

High Blood Pressure and Nutrition
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Monday, August 29, 2011
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Treatment of Neck Pain
Jordan Tate, MD, Rehabilitation Medicine Resident
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

HeartWise events are held at The Emory Clinic, 1525 Clifton Road NE, in the 5th Floor Conference Room.

For more information on heart disease and heart disease prevention, check out our Center for Heart Disease Prevention web site.

Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or thoughts regarding any of the August HeartWise events. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

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.

6 Ways to Reduce Your Risk for Heart Disease in July!

HeartWise Lecture SeriesAt Emory Healthcare, we’re always doing what we can to provide free educational resources to our patients. We holds events throughout each month that provide opportunities for individuals to embrace their health and focus on prevention and wellness. With that in mind, we are excited to announce the July lectures in the HeartWiseSM Risk Reduction Program Lecture Series!

The HeartWise program 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.

Admission to HeartWise events is free and everyone is welcome! Call 404-778-2850 to reserve your seat, or you can sign up for a HeartWise lecture online.

Cardiac Anatomy 101
Corey Schultz
Friday, July 8th
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Heart Healthy Supermarket Shopping
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Monday, July 11th
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Nutrition for the Heart
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Monday, July 18th
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM

Nutrition for the Heart
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Thursday, July 21st
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Heart Healthy Cooking Demo
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Monday, July 25th
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Mind Over Matter: How to “Deal” with Heart Disease
Fabienne Guerrier, Life University Exercise Specialist Intern
Wednesday, July 27th
11:30 AM – 12:00 Noon

Lectures are held at The Emory Clinic, 1525 Clifton Road Northeast, on the 5th Floor Conference Room.
Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or thoughts regarding any of the lectures. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

For more information on heart disease & heart disease prevention, check out our Center for Heart Disease Prevention web site.

What is Aortic Dissection?

Aortic Dissection

An aortic dissection is a severe heart and vascular condition where there is a tear in the inner layer of the aorta, a large blood vessel that branches off the heart. Although aortic dissections are rather uncommon, this is a condition that anyone can develop. It is important to learn how to prevent them and when it is necessary to see a physician. Aortic dissections most commonly occur in men between 60 and 70 years old. Sometimes aortic dissection symptoms, outlined below, can be mistaken for other cardiovascular disease.

Aortic Dissection Symptoms

Symptoms of aortic dissection include:

  • Sudden chest of upper back pain that radiates down the neck or back
  • Fainting
  • Stroke
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • High blood pressure
  • Weakness or paralysis

Aortic Dissection Risk Factors

Some of the risk factors associated with aortic dissection include:

  • An aortic valve defect
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Hardening of the arteries
  • Weakened and bulging arteries
  • Constriction of the aorta

Aortic Dissection Prevention

The best way to prevent an aortic dissection is to follow your physician’s advice and:

  • Maintain a healthy blood pressure
  • Do not smoke, or try to quit smoking
  • Maintain a healthy cholesterol level
  • Maintain a healthy body weight

When Should I See My Physician?

If you have any of the symptoms listed above contact your physician or emergency medical assistance. You may not have an aortic dissection, but it would best to get it checked out as you may have other heart or vascular disorders.

Aortic Dissection at Emory Heart & Vascular

Emory Heart & Vascular Center cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and vascular surgeons work together to treat patients with aortic dissections. If detected early, a patient’s chance of survival is improved. We believe that if you can maintain a healthy heart if you pay attention to the keys to prevention, understand symptoms and work closely with your physician.

About Ravi Veeraswamy, MD

Dr. Veeraswamy specializes in surgery and vascular surgery, and has been practicing with Emory since 2006. Some of his areas of clinical interest include aortic aneurysm, carotid endarterectomy, peripheral arterial and vascular disease, and vascular surgery. Recently, Dr. Veeraswamy has published articles in the Washington University Manual of Surgery, Vascular and Endovascular Challenges, and the Annals of Vascular Surgery.

Get “HeartWise” with a Free Heart Disease Risk Reduction Event

June Heart Disease Prevention Events

At Emory Healthcare, we’re always doing what we can to provide free educational resources to our patients. We holds events throughout each month that provide opportunities for individuals to embrace their health and focus on prevention and wellness. With that in mind, we are excited to announce the June lectures in the HeartWiseSM Risk Reduction Program Lecture Series!

The HeartWise program 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.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome! Call 404-778-2850 to reserve your seat, or you can sign up for a HeartWise lecture online.

Healthy Summer Eating
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Monday, June 6, 2011
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Fats: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Medications
Jane Whitmer, RN
Monday, June 20, 2011
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Functional Foods
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Monday, June 27, 2011
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Lectures are held at The Emory Clinic, 1525 Clifton Road Northeast, on the 5th Floor Conference Room.
Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or thoughts regarding any of the lectures. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

For more information on heart disease & heart disease prevention, check out our Center for Heart Disease Prevention web site.

Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease: Attend a HeartWise Risk Reduction Lecture

May Heart Disease Prevention Lectures at Emory

We are excited to announce the May lectures in the HeartWiseSM Risk Reduction Program Lecture Series. HeartWiseSM programming 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.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome! Call 404-778-2850 to reserve your seat, or you can sign up for a HeartWise lecture online.

Heart Healthy Supermarket Shopping
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Monday, May 9, 2011
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Angina!
Jane Whitmer, RN
Monday, May 16, 2011
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

High Blood Pressure and Nutrition
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Thursday, May 19, 2011
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Diabetes Prevention
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Monday, May 23, 2011
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Lectures are held at The Emory Clinic, 1525 Clifton Road Northeast, on the 5th Floor Conference Room.
Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or thoughts regarding any of the lectures.

We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Running is Great for Your Heart; Make Sure Your Workout Snacks are Too

It is no surprise that regular aerobic activity promotes heart health, and running, which is a form of high intensity cardiovascular exercise, is by far one of the most effective forms.

Heart Healthy Benefits of Running

♥ Manage or prevent high blood pressure

♥ Keep arteries clear of plaque by boosting good cholesterol and lowering triglycerides (fats in blood)

♥ Lower risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), heart attack and stroke.

Running can also help prevent or manage other chronic conditions that greatly impact heart health such as diabetes, overweight and obesity, as it burns more calories than most other forms of aerobics.

Below are snack ideas to compliment your running regiment. The key is to stay fueled during running and promote recovery afterwards, all while promoting heart health!

Pre-Run Snack Tips

For optimal endurance, pre-run snacks should include a source of high quality carbohydrate which will: supply liver glycogen (carbohydrate) stores, maintain energy levels, enhance performance and prevent low blood sugar & hunger. Examples of high quality carbohydrate:

♥ Whole grains like oatmeal, 100% whole grain bread, pasta, crackers and starchy vegetables are complex carbohydrates which are great for energy endurance as they are digested slowly.

♥ Whole fruit like berries and apples are simple carbohydrates but contain fiber for blood glucose control and slow digestion. Couple fruit with protein like low-fat cheese or heart healthy fats like natural peanut butter, for sustained energy throughout your work out.

♥ Low-fat & fat-free dairy products like yogurt and milk contain carbohydrates for energy from the natural sugar lactose and high quality protein for energy endurance.

Post-Run Snack Tips

For optimal recovery after running, carbohydrates are needed to replenish energy (liver glycogen stores), and protein is helpful for rebuilding and repairing muscle. A protein and carbohydrate containing snack should be consumed immediately after exercise, followed by a meal at least 1 hour later. While protein supplements are appealing, protein from whole foods like lean meat, fat-free or low-fat dairy, beans & legumes are best as they provide an array of other nutrients needed for overall health.  Below are heart healthy snacks that are appropriate for pre and post running.

♥ 8oz plain low-fat yogurt, 2 tbsp walnuts, ¾ cup blueberries

♥ Small 100% whole wheat bagel, 1 tbsp natural peanut butter, 2 tbsp dried cranberries

♥ 1 cup whole grain cereal, low-fat milk & sliced bananas

♥ Smoothie-1 cup frozen fruit, 2 tbsp ground flax seed, 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt

♥ 1oz low-fat cheese stick, 10 apple slices

These snacks are filled with heart protective antioxidants, cholesterol lowering fiber and heart healthy fats. In a nutshell, balanced nutrition will help improve performance, promote recovery and overall health.

About Cheryl Williams:

Cheryl Williams is a registered dietitian specializing in the nutritional management of a variety of chronic conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. In her current position at the Emory Heart & Vascular Center Cheryl provides nutrition therapy, wellness coaching, monthly nutrition seminars and healthy cooking demonstrations.

Get a Heart Healthy Start to 2011!

HeartWise Lecture Series, Emory HealthcareStart 2011 off right by attending a January HeartWiseSM Risk Reduction Program Lecture Series! HeartWiseSM programming 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 identify people who could be candidates for heart complications in the future, including those who smoke, do not exercise, or have high blood pressure. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Nutrition for Heart
Cheryl Williams RD/LD
Monday, January 3, 2011
12:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Healthy Eating Made Easy
Cheryl Williams RD/LD
Monday, January 10, 2011
11:45 AM– 12:15 PM

Fats: The GOOD, the BAD, the UGLY
Cheryl Williams RD/LD
Monday, January 24, 2011
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

The Physicians View of the Mediterranean Diet
Dr. Melissa Sinkiewicz
Monday, January 31, 2011
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Lectures are held at The Emory Clinic, 1525 Clifton Road Northeast, on the 5th Floor Conference Room. Call 404-778-2850 to reserve your seat.

Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or thoughts regarding any of the lectures. We look forward to seeing all of you there!