HEART HEALTH NEWS
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.”
One of the most common questions heart disease patients are asked by their doctor is, “How much alcohol do you consume?” The American Heart Association recommends no more than one drink per day for women and two for men.
“We have implanted over 100 WATCHMAN devices, and Capital Cardiology Associates is the only center in the Capital Region offering this procedure,” stated Dr. Augustin DeLago. The WATCHMAN is a permanent implant device for patients with atrial fibrillation or AFib.
For adults at age 60, having type 2 diabetes and heart disease shortens life expectancy by an average of 12 years.