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Heart At tack Warning Signs National Heart Lung and Blood Institute A heart attack is probably not something you want to think about, but if you know the warning signs, they could save your life. Many people think that a heart attack is a sudden and intense pain, something like you see dramatized on television or in the movies, where someone grabs their chest, writhes in pain, and keels over. The truth is that many heart attacks actually begin slowly as a mild pain or discomfor t. If you feel such a symptom, you may not be certain what is wrong. That discomfort may even come and go. Even those who have had a heart attack may not recognize their symptoms because heart attacks affect people differently. That is why it is important for you to recognize the warning signs of a heart attack.

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Heart Disease in Senior Citizens


As we age, a great number of changes occur in our body. Such changes are the root cause for various diseases. Heart disease is more commonly seen in senior citizens. This could be due to various reasons - blocking of the arteries by build-up of cholesterol or degeneration of arteries. Whatever the reason, heart disease in senior citizens can still be avoided by taking certain protective measures. Most senior citizens do not even know that they are at the risk of heart disease. As people age, their general activities get reduced. Likewise, the food consumption should also be reduced. But, most of them continue with their regular eating habits. They continue to consume foods that are rich in fats and cholesterol. As the body needs have reduced, the cholesterol or the bad fat gets

deposited in various tissues and even in arteries blocking them or narrowing them resulting in decreased blood flow to the heart. This situation eventually leads to heart attack due to blockage of blood supply to the heart. Research has shown that increased consumption of drugs such as Ibuprofen increases the risk of heart attack. Senior citizens generally take more painkillers as they get easily tired and feel body pains very easily. Increased intake of painkillers is one cause for the increased rate of heart attacks in senior citizens. Another risk factor that serves as a sign for possible cardiovascular diseases or heart attack is psoriasis. It is found that the skin disease psoriasis is seen in individuals with underlying

heart problems such as blocked arteries. If you are a senior citizen and suffering with psoriasis, get yourself screened for the risk factors such as heart attack. It is also found that atherosclerosis is an indication for possible heart attacks in senior citizens. Take appropriate measures and get yourself checked for heart disease. Senior citizens with diabetes are at increased risk for myocardial infarction. Hence, it is essential to maintain appropriate sugar levels by regular usage of medications. In addition to knowing the above risk factors, it is essential that you know the symptoms that are seen before a heart attack. The most common symptom is the discomfort in the chest region. Some people may not experience this characteristic, but other symptoms do include pain in the arms, difficulty breathing and severe fatigue. If you have any of these symptoms it is recommended to consult a physician immediately and take necessary medication to avoid the danger of death. To avoid the risk of heart attack it is essential to follow cer tain practices.

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February is National Heart Month


As we learn more about heart diseases, we also learn about the steps we can take to help keep our hearts healthy. As January comes to a close, make a decision to keep your heart healthy, or to develop a plan to return your heart to good health. There are several risk factors for heart disease (heart attack and stroke) that you can control or that can be treated: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, inadequate exercise, obesity, and diabetes. These risk factors are all interrelated. High cholesterol has no symptoms. Unless you have the results of a blood test to measure both LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and HDL (“good” cholesterol) you may not know that you have too much of this soft substance, similar to fat, circulating in your blood vessels, the risk of heart attack and stroke increases. Whole arteries can be bloacked, or bits of the buildup can break off and travel to other parts of the body preventing blood flow to vital organs. Find out what your cholesterol levels are and work with your healthcare professional to lower them if necessary. A diet low in saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol is usually recommended. Exercise also helps, but some may need medication to lower the level of cholesterol. High blood pressure also has no symptoms and has earned it the name “Silent Killer.” It makes your heart work harder and makes both your heart and your arteries susceptible to injury and/or disease. If you are 20 or more pounds overweight, you are more likely to have high blood pressure than someone with a healthy weight for their age and height. In your periodic visits to your healthcare professional, it is common practice to take your blood pressure, regardless of the reason you are visiting. You can also get your blood pressure taken at most pharmacies and

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senior citizen centers. Ask for the numbers and see if they fall within the norms set by the American Heart Association for healthy blood pressure (120/80 mm Hg.). If your blood pressure is high, work with your healthcare professional to make a plan to lower it as soon as possible. The plan may include lifestyle changes like weight loss and regular exercise, reducing fat and salt in your diet, or taking medication. Smoking is another factor that can be controlled. Think about not only the cigarettes or cigars that you smoke, but also the second hand smoke from others that also increases your risk. The good news is that research shows us that when you stop smoking, no matter how long you have smoked, your risk for heart attack and stroke begins to drop. Risk is cut in half after one year without smoking, and continues to drop until it is as low as a non-smoker. Inadequate exercise is a risk factor that can be eliminated with as little as 30 minutes a day of physical activity for most healthy people. You don’t have to become a tri-athlete to reduce your risk of heart disease – simple activities such as dancing, gardening and housework can help. If 30 minutes seems too much to do at one time, start with 10 minutes of exercise and then work up. Check with your healthcare professional before starting an exercise plan. Obesity can be handled by a sensible eating and exercise plan. Avoid fad diets that are advertised as helping you lose weight fast. To stay off, the weight must come off slowly - no more than one to two pounds per week. Your healthcare professional or registered dietitian can help you set up a sensible eating plan with the proper amount of caloric intake. It will take time, and having support of your family

and/or friends helps you stay with it for the long haul. Diabetes is becoming an increasing problem in this country and is no longer a disease confined to middle age and overweight individuals. When women with diabetes were compared to women without diabetes, the risk of heart disease increased two to four times. Diabetes is treatable. If you have a family history of diabetes, ask your physician for a fasting blood sugar test. If you develop diabetes, you must have regular medical checkups and work closely with you physician to manage your diabetes and eliminate other risk factors that can be controlled. There are risk factors that we cannot control and that we need to be aware of. Specifically, we cannot control our age, gender, family history and race. As we get older, the more likely we are to develop heart attack or stroke. Men have a greater risk of heart attack than women, and they have them at a younger age. If family members had heart attacks or stroke, you may be at risk, too. Heart disease risks are higher among Mexican Americans, American Indians, and native Hawaiians, due in part to higher rates of obesity and diabetes. African Americans have a higher risk than Caucasians. Regardless of race, most people with a strong family history of heart disease or stroke have at least one other risk factor. Control your risk factors if you can, and manage your stress. Increased stress can lead you to overeating or having that extra cigarette and other activities that increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. It is also true that a previous heart attack or stroke can make us susceptible to another stroke. To learn more, go to

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Understand Your Risk for Arrhythmia Arrhythmias occur throughout the population. Their severity varies widely. The heart rate speeds up during physical activity, stress or excitement, and slows down during sleep. Beyond these daily changes, probably everyone at some time has premature atrial or ventricular beats. In fact, during a 24-hour period about onefifth of healthy adults are likely to have frequent or multiple types of premature ventricular beats. (This includes short episodes of ventricular tachycardia in a small percentage of monitored people.) The prevalence of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias tends to increase with age, even when there’s no clear sign of heart disease. Acquired heart disease, such as damage caused to the heart muscle by a heart attack, is the most important factor making a person prone to arrhythmias. Scarring or abnormal tissue deposits can cause bradycardia by interfering with the work of the sinus node or overall AV conduction. Likewise, they can cause tachycardia (originating in either the atria or ventricles) by causing cells to fire abnormally or by creating islands of electrically inert tissue. (Impulses circulate in a reentrant fashion around these areas.) If you have heart disease, your healthcare team is likely monitoring your heart rhythm with regular EKGs (electrocardiograms). But arrhythmias that occur infrequently may not be detected. Also, not all arrhythmias cause detectable symptoms, but be sure to tell your healthcare professionals about any unusual symptoms such as fainting, difficulty breathing, 1956

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fatigue, or a “flopping,” fluttering or thumping feeling in your chest. Certain congenital conditions may make a person prone to arrhythmias. For example, an incompletely developed conduction system can cause chronic heart block and bradycardia. People born with extra conduction pathways, either near the AV node or bridging the atria and ventricles, are prone to reentrant supraventricular tachycardias. Many chemical agents may cause arrhythmias, sometimes with serious consequences. Known factors include high or low blood and tissue concentrations of a variety of minerals, such as potassium, magnesium and calcium. These play a vital role in starting and conducting normal impulses in the heart. Addictive substances, especially alcohol, cigarettes and recreational drugs, can provoke arrhythmias, as can various cardiac medications. Even drugs used to treat an arrhythmia may cause another arrhythmia.

Risk factors for atrial fibrillation Atrial fibrillation (AF) can develop in people who have heart failure or have had a heart attack. It’s also found in people with heart valve disease, an inflamed heart muscle or lining (endocarditis) or recent heart surgery. Atrial fibrillation is common in persons with hypertension or diabetes. Sometimes it’s related to congenital heart defects. A problem with your lungs can also affect your heart. That’s why AF often appears in people with chronic lung disease, pulmonary embolism, emphysema and asthma. Gender and age also affect the odds of developing AF and its severity. Men are slightly more likely than women to develop AF, but women diagnosed with it carry a longer-term risk of premature death. Older people are somewhat more likely to have AF than younger people. Other factors that affect risk are thyroid disorders, diabetes, high blood pressure, excessive alcohol consumption and cigarette or stimulant drug use (including caffeine). Learn more about the types and causes of arrhythmias.

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Health story of the year: Salt Vindicated (ARA) - Paul T. Meagher sometimes gets disapproving stares when people see him sprinkle his food with salt as he has done since he was a young lad growing up in Ireland. He has a response for such people. “I tell them you can take my blood pressure right now, or we can have a run around the block, and I guarantee you I’m in better shape than you,” said Meagher, 68, who now lives in Westport, Mass. “I’m fit, at least for my age, and I use salt every day in volume. Hasn’t done me a blind bit of harm, which is the way we put it from where I come from.” Recent research quantifies Meagher’s experience. In 2011, half a dozen medical studies showed the health benefits of salt or revealed the significant risks of low-sodium diets -- providing vindication for this essential nutrient and the people, like Meagher, who love it. “The vindication of salt is probably the biggest health and nutrition story of the last year,” says Lori Roman, president of the Salt Institute. “Everyone knows salt tastes good, but the latest research published in leading medical journals confirms that salt is good for you, too. The medical studies underline what we have been saying for years: science is on salt’s side.” The new data raises questions about the federal government’s effort to put Americans on a low-salt diet. The Food and Drug Administration is inviting online public comments about ways to reduce sodium consumption. In the past, such invitations have foreshadowed the rollout of new regulations.

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Type 1 Diabetes risk: In a study of patients with type 1 diabetes, low sodium intake was associated with renal disease and premature death. Type 2 Diabetes risk: In an Australian study of type 2 diabetes patients, lower sodium was associated with increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease. No benefit to salt reduction: A study published in the American Journal of Hypertension showed eating less salt will not prevent heart attacks, strokes or early death. On the contrary, low-sodium diets increase the likelihood of premature death. Risk of death: A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that lower salt intakes resulted in higher death rates. Other negative effects of low-salt intakes: An analysis published in the American Journal of Hypertension showed individuals placed on the

U.S. Dietary Guidelines-recommended salt levels experienced significant increases in cholesterol and other risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Risk with current U.S. Dietary Guidelines: An analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that people who ate salt at the levels recommended by the U.S. government were at greater risk of cardiovascular events. The research has prompted new scrutiny of the government’s attempts to put all Americans on a low-salt diet. Scientific American reviewed medical studies over several decades and concluded in a headline: “It’s time to end the war on salt.” The respected magazine also said, “The zealous drive by politicians to limit our salt intake has little basis in science.” Meagher remembers when the federal government told him eggs could be bad for his health. He ignored that advice, too. “I would rather the federal government stay well away from my kitchen altogether,” Meagher says. “I will continue to eat my boiled eggs from an egg cup, with an egg spoon, and with plenty of salt.”

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What you need to know about atrial fibrillation (AFib) and stroke

(ARA) - What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)?

AFib is a common condition in the heart that causes the atria - the upper two chambers of the heart - to beat very fast and irregularly. When this happens, blood isn’t pumped through the heart as well as it should be, which makes people with AFib vulnerable to the formation of a blood clot in the atria. AFib is the most prevalent sustained cardiac arrhythmia (heart irregularity) in the United States, affecting more than 2.2 million Americans. In the past 20 years, there has been a 66 percent increase in hospital admissions for AFib, due to the aging population. Looking ahead, it is estimated that AFib will affect more than 12 million people in the U.S. by 2050.

What are the symptoms of AFib?

this happens, a blood clot can form. If the clot breaks off and travels to the brain, it can cause a stroke. People with AFib are at a five-fold increased risk for stroke compared with the general population. At least 15-20 percent of all strokes occur in patients with AFib. Several factors are considered when assessing the risk of a stroke for a person with AFib. People who have had a prior stroke are at high risk. Additional factors that increase risk of stroke in people with AFib include being 75 or older, high blood pressure, heart failure and diabetes.

How can I manage stroke risk with AFib?

People with AFib have treatment options to help reduce the risk of stroke, including medication that thins the blood to help prevent blood clot formation. Unfortunately, nearly half of people with AFib do not receive appropriate preventive medicine to help protect against the risk of stroke.

Where can I go for more information?

AFib can produce a broad range of symptoms, or none at all. Because it is People with AFib should discuss their stroke risk management options with their characterized by an irregular and fast heart rate, patients often experience health care provider. To learn more about stroke risk in atrial fibrillation, visit unpleasant palpitations or discomfort in the chest. The inefficient pumping ability of the heart may cause weakness, faintness, and shortness of breath. When it’s time to make tough decisions for your loved ones, choose...

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The key to preventing cardiovascular disease is managing your risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high total cholesterol or high blood glucose. But how do you know which risk factors you have? The best way to find out is through screening tests during regular doctor visits. “Regular cardiovascular screening is important because it helps you detect risk factors in their earliest stages,” said Barry A. Franklin, Ph.D., director of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., and an Americ an Heart Association volunteer. “This way, you can treat the risk factor with lifestyle changes and pharmacotherapy, if appropriate, before it ultimately leads to the development of cardiovascular disease.” Few of us have ideal risk levels on all screening tests. However, if you do have test results that are less than ideal, it doesn’t mean you’re destined to develop a serious cardiovascular disease. On the contrary, it means you’re in position to begin changing your health in a positive way. “For many patients, screening results can serve as a wake-up call,” Franklin said. “Higher than optimal cholesterol or body mass index, for example, may drive home the message that it’s time to modify your diet and get more physical activity. When the test comes back and you see abnormal numbers, it becomes personal. Suddenly, the idea of making lifestyle changes isn’t just a recommendation in a pamphlet. It’s something that can impact your life and health.” All regular cardiovascular screening tests should begin at age 20, except blood glucose measurements, which should begin at age 45. You will probably require additional and more frequent testing if you’ve been diagnosed with a cardiovascular condition such as heart failure or atrial fibrillation, or if you have a history of heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular events. Learn more about these more specific tests at the American Heart Association’s Cardiovascular Conditions website, Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with a condition, your doctor may want more stringent screening if you already have risk factors or a family history of cardiovascular disease. Here are the key screening tests recommended for optimal cardiovascular health:

Blood Pressure Blood pressure is one of the most important screenings because high blood pressure has no symptoms so can’t be detected without being measured. High blood pressure greatly increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. If your blood pressure is below 120/80 mm Hg, be sure to get it checked at least once every two years, starting at age 20. If your blood pressure is higher, your doctor

may want to check it more often. High blood pressure can be controlled through lifestyle changes or medication. After age 65, African-American adults of all ages have a higher-than-average risk. Fasting Lipoprotein (cholesterol and triglycerides) You should have a fasting lipoprotein profile taken every five years, starting at age 20. This is a blood test that measures total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol and triglycerides. You may need to be tested more frequently if your total cholesterol or HDL cholesterol levels are not at optimal levels, you have other cardiovascular risk factors,  you’re a man over 45, you’re a woman over 50. Women tend to have higher triglyceride levels than men. Like high blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides can be controlled through lifestyle changes or medication.

Body Weight During every healthcare visit, your doctor should weigh you to calculate your body mass index and measure your waist circumference. These measurements tell you if you’re at a healthy weight. These screenings should begin at age 20. About two of every three adults are now overweight or obese. This is dangerous because obesity increases blood pressure; triglycerides, total and LDL cholesterol, and can induce diabetes. These risk factors increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Blood Glucose Starting at age 45, you should have your blood glucose level checked at least every three years. High blood glucose levels put you at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which can lead to heart disease and stroke. If you’re overweight AND you have at least one additional cardiovascular risk factor, your doctor may recommend a blood glucose test even if you’re not yet 45.

Smoking, physical activity, diet If you smoke, tell your doctor at your next healthcare visit. Also discuss your diet and physical activity habits. If you smoke, your doctor can suggest approaches to help quit. If there’s room for improvement in your diet and daily physical activity levels, your doctor will provide helpful suggestions.

Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors Major Risk Factors That Can’t Be Changed Increasing Age: About 82 percent of people who die of coronary heart disease are 65 or older. Male Sex (Gender): Men have a greater risk of heart attack than women do, and they have attacks earlier in life. Heredity (Including Race): Children of parents with heart disease are more likely to develop it themselves.

Major Risk Factors That Can Be Modified, Treated or Controlled Tobacco Smoke: Smokers’ risk of developing coronary heart disease is 2-4 times that of nonsmokers. High Blood Cholesterol: As blood cholesterol rises, so does risk of coronary heart disease. High Blood Pressure: High blood pressure increases the heart’s workload, causing the heart to thicken and become stiffer. Physical Inactivity: An inactive lifestyle is a risk factor for coronary heart disease. Obesity and Overweight: People who have excess body fat — especially if a lot of it is at the waist — are more likely to develop heart disease and stroke. Diabetes: Diabetes seriously increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Other Factors That Increase Cardiovascular Risk Stress: Individual response to stress may be a contributing factor. Alcohol: If you drink, limit your alcohol consumption to no more than two drinks per day for men and no more than one drink per day for women. Diet and Nutrition: A healthy diet is one of the best weapons you have to fight cardiovascular disease.



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Bronson Battle Creek’s cardiac health program provides a wide range of comprehensive services to cardiac and pulmonary patients. It is designed to support the physical, emotional, educational, and social needs of the patient so they can learn to reduce their risk factors for heart disease. The objectives through the BBC cardiac health program are to prevent the patient’s condition from worsening, help them regain strength, and reduce future heart problems. “Anyone who has gone through open heart surgery, stent placement, angioplasty, valve repair or replacement, heart attack, or diagnosed with stable angina (chest pain) is eligible to participate,” says Dr. Philip Dawson, cardiology with Bronson Medical Group—Battle Creek. “We try to alleviate the patients’ concerns like ‘Can I go back to work, can I golf again, can I work i n the flower garden?’ so that they have the confidence to go back to all the activities they enjoy.”


The BBC cardiac health program offers customized plans of care performed by registered nurses or technicians through: Exercise stress testing Medication stress testing Nuclear imaging stress testing (in cooperation with the BCHS Nuclear Department) Echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography 12-lead EKG Diagnostic Holter Montoring (24- and 48-hour) Cardiac rehabilitation phases II & III Tilt table testing The cardiac health program includes: An ongoing congestive health failure lecture series with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care specialists

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About the BBC cardiac health team ACLS prepared and trained Experienced exercise specialists Provides education and support for patients having diagnostic tests or cardiac rehabilitation Registered technicians conduct echocardiograms Exercising under the watchful eyes of the Bronson Battle Creek cardiac rehab team may be just what the doctor ordered for a better quality of life. If you are adjusting to a new lifestyle after a heart attack or you are living with other heart disease, the BBC cardiac rehabilitation program may be able to help you feel better than you thought possible. The BBC cardiac health program is certified through the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). For more information about the Bronson Battle Creek cardiac health program, call: (269) 2458199.

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What exactly is a Heart At tack? National Heart Lung and Blood Institute The heart is a hollow, muscular organ that, by its rhythmic contractions, pumps life-giving blood to the body. It is about five inches long and three and one half inches broad. It consists of four chambers—an upper pair that receives the blood from the veins, and a lower pair that sends it to the arteries. The heart works 24/7 sending oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to the body’s extremities. If the arteries clog with fatty substances it is known as coronary heart disease. In some cases the fatty build up, which can begin as early as childhood, can break off the artery wall causing a blood clot and reducing blood flow in the body. When too little blood reaches the heart, the condition is called ischemia. This is where the chest pain may occur. It can be a mild pain that comes and goes or it can be a steady pain making everyday activities difficult. If a blood clot suddenly cuts off most or all blood supply to the heart, a heart attack results.

Who is at risk? A heart attack can strike both men and women; some are more at risk than others however. Some risk factors are out of your control, but most can be modified to help lower your risk. Factors you cannot control: Pre-existing coronary heart disease In men, age can increase risk after age 45; after 55 for women Family history of the disease Factors you can control: Smoking High blood pressure High cholesterol Overweight and obesity Physical inactivity Diabetes

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Senior Connection - Heart Disease  

Bi-monthly publication that details the senior lifestyle. This month the focus is heart disease.

Senior Connection - Heart Disease  

Bi-monthly publication that details the senior lifestyle. This month the focus is heart disease.