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Understanding the Link Between Weight and Heart Disease

by Gerald Sotsky, M.D., Chair of Cardiac Services for Valley Medical Group and Director of the Valley Health System/Cleveland Clinic Affiliation

Posted on February 1, 2019

Are you taking steps to maintain a healthy weight to improve your overall heart health? If not, you are not alone. 
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Many Don’t Know How to Respond in a Heart Health Emergency

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

Posted on February 5, 2018

Would you know what to do if a man or woman at your son’s baseball game went into cardiac arrest? Would you recognize the signs if you were having a heart attack? A new survey by Valley’s cardiovascular affiliate Cleveland Clinic reveals that many Americans aren’t sure.  
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Preventing Strokes in Patients with AFib

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

Posted on September 5, 2017

Did you know that more than 3 million Americans are affected by atrial fibrillation? Atrial fibrillation, which is also referred to as AF or AFib, is the most common irregular or abnormal heart rhythm disorder. It decreases the heart’s pumping ability and can make the heart work less efficiently. In addition, patients must be aware that AFib can lead to potentially life-threatening problems such as blood clots and a higher risk of stroke.
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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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Many Americans Don't Know Their Heart Health Numbers. Do You?

by Cleveland Clinic and Valley Health System

Posted on February 27, 2017

Knowing your heart numbers is crucial for your cardiac health. These quick statistics from our cardiovascular affiliate, Cleveland Clinic, provide insights into what we know--and what we don't!
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Tags: heart

Can Sleep Impact Heart Health?

by Jeffrey P. Barasch, M.D., FACCP, FAASM, Medical Director, Center for Sleep Medicine, The Valley Hospital

Posted on February 22, 2017

You have probably heard that not getting enough quality sleep can impact your day to day performance, but did you know that inadequate or disturbed sleep can also negatively impact your heart health? As Americans increasingly cut back on sleep in favor of social, leisure, or work-related activities, the relation of sleep disorders to cardiac disease is becoming clearer. Sleep disorders have emerged as being related to hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
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Tags: cardiac, heart, sleep

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
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