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What Do Women Need to Know About Heart Disease?

by Benita Burke, M.D., FACC, Medical Director, Valley Medical Group’s Heart Care for Women

Posted on July 25, 2017

Did you know that heart disease impacts men and women differently? Research has shown that gender differences exist not only in the way disease affects the heart, but also in the symptoms and the way it is diagnosed. And, in combating this No. 1 killer of women, we must educate women on their individual risk factors and the importance of early diagnosis. 
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Take Control: The Role of Psychosocial Stressors in Heart Disease

by Elliot Brown, M.D., Valley Medical Group, Cardiology, Clifton

Posted on February 20, 2017

The treatment of atrial fibrillation involves not only world-class medical care but a consideration of psychological and behavioral factors as well. Behavioral cardiology — a new discipline within cardiology — focuses not only on the physical aspects of heart disease, but also the psychosocial stressors that may impact the progression of heart disease.
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Evidence-Based, Patient-Centric, Team-Directed Healthcare for Patients with AFib

by Suneet Mittal, M.D., Director of Electrophysiology at The Valley Hospital and Medical Director, the Snyder Center for Comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation

Posted on February 15, 2017

When it comes to successfully treating atrial fibrillation (AFib), collaboration is proving to be more crucial than ever.  
 
Atrial fibrillation, or an irregular heartbeat, can lead to blood clots and is associated with a higher incidence of stroke and heart failure.  Today, more than 2.7 million people in the U.S. live with AFib, and that number is expected to double by 2050.  Guidelines on the management of AFib released this summer by the European Society of Cardiology and the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery suggest that a comprehensive treatment approach may help curb this trend.
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Heart Disease: Risk Factors and Prevention

by Gerald Sotsky, M.D., Director, Valley/Cleveland Clinic Affiliation and Chair, Cardiac Services, Valley Medical Group

Posted on February 8, 2017

Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the United States? And, according to the American Heart Association, a heart attack strikes someone in the United States about every 43 seconds. Although these statistics are worrisome, you can help to protect yourself by knowing your risk for a heart attack and the signs and symptoms to look for. 
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Know Your Numbers: New Survey Shows Many Americans are Unaware of Their Risk Factors for Heart Disease

by Benita Burke, M.D., Medical Director, Heart Care for Women, Valley Medical Group

Posted on February 1, 2017

A just-released study by Cleveland Clinic, of which we are an affiliate of their heart program, shows that while 68 percent of Americans are worried about dying from heart disease, many don’t know the basic numbers important for heart health.
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Tags: cardiology, heart

Shoveling Snow: Winter Chore or Health Hazard?

by George Becker, M.D., Director, Emergency Department, The Valley Hospital

Posted on January 17, 2017

Believe it or not, winter has officially begun! And, although there has been a lack of significant snowfall and cold temperatures in our area, we should still be prepared for the possibility of more seasonable weather. 
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Do You Have Risk Factors for Heart Disease?

by Gerald Sotsky, M.D., Director, Valley/Cleveland Clinic Affiliation and Chair, Cardiac Services, Valley Medical Group

Posted on September 26, 2016

Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the United States? And, according to the American Heart Association, a heart attack strikes someone in the United States about every 43 seconds. Although these statistics are worrisome, you can help to protect yourself by knowing your risk for a heart attack and the signs and symptoms to look for. 
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Exercise & Heart Health: What America Doesn't Know

by Valley Health System & Cleveland Clinic

Posted on February 8, 2016

Do you know how much exercise is best for your heart? Or how many calories you need to cut back or eliminate to lose 1 lb a week? Most Americans don’t, according to a new survey on exercise and heart health by our cardiovascular partner Cleveland Clinic. Check out their infographic that summarizes the survey findings.
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Listen To Your Heart

by Gerald Sotsky, M.D., Chair of Cardiac Services, Valley Medical Group

Posted on February 1, 2016

How much exercise is best for your heart? A new study by Valley’s partner Cleveland Clinic reveals that Americans aren’t sure. As February is American Heart Month and heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, we at Valley encourage you to listen to your heart. Heart disease is largely preventable and controllable, and exercise is one of the keys to preventing heart disease.
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Tags: cardiology, heart

Sprint Blood Pressure Trial: What Patients Should Know

by Howard Goldschmidt, M.D., Cardiologist, Valley Medical Group

Posted on December 16, 2015

Back in September, compelling results from a large blood pressure study were announced and began making headlines. The preliminary findings of this study suggest that lowering systolic blood pressure to less than 120, far below the current guideline recommendations of 140-150 millimeters of mercury, can potentially save lives and prevent heart disease and strokes. While the study's findings may seem beneficial, it is important to understand all of the factors that can affect a patient's treatment, before physicians attempt to aggressively lower a patient’s blood pressure to these levels.
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