HEART HEALTH NEWS
While hearing the news of a child being born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) is upsetting, today, according to Dr. Robert Benton, the outlook that the patient will be able to live a normal life is promising. An estimated 1 million children and 1.4 million adults in the United States are living with a CHD in 2010.
National Wear Red Day is the first Friday in February, where women are encouraged to wear red to raise awareness about heart disease being the number one killer of women. “This is something that is personally dear to my heart,” stated Dr. Heather Stahura. “The staggering thing is, 1 out of every 3 women will die of a cardiovascular disease issue over the span of their lives. That’s our sisters, our mothers, our daughters, our friends. I think that is what the Go Red for Women (movement) is about: informing us of our risk, starting that conversation with our doctor, and making the change to live our healthiest life.”
The TEE Cardioversion Suite at Capital Cardiology Associates celebrated its 1000th procedure, 20 months after seeing their first patient Dr. Jeffrey Uzzilia said, “It is the best feeling to come to work every day knowing that everyone wants to do the same thing: do what’s best for our patients.”
David Gray is a heart transplant survivor. “My new life is that I visit heart patients. I go to Westchester Medical Hospital every week. I talk with patients who come through from Capital Cardiology, I spend twelve hours a day down there,” David said.
On top of their being no cure for congestive heart failure, the condition is one of the most common infirmities affecting adults over 40 years old with more than 200,000 cases being diagnosed in the US every year. “Unfortunately what we are seeing more common these days are patients in their 50’s and 60’s with congestive heart failure,” states Dr. Connor Healey, a board-certified cardiologist with Capital Cardiology Associates. And for younger patients who receive the diagnosis, “The real scary thing is the overall expected lifespan is five years.”
Thousands of open heart surgeries are performed every day in the United States. “I would say there are two major ways a patient would present the need for an open heart surgery procedure or CABG,” says Dr. Lance Sullenberger. “The first would begin with a visit to your cardiologist.”