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Beaumont Heart and Vascular Screening | American Heart Month

BEAUMONT _ American Heart MonthFebruary is American Heart Month where hospitals and health educators across the country promote prevention and awareness of heart disease. According to the CDC, about 715,000 Americans each year suffer a heart attack, and 600,000 people die from heart disease – making heart disease responsible for 25% of all deaths in America.

Beaumont’s Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence offers a heart and vascular screening program called 7 for $70, which includes seven different tests administered by board-certified Beaumont physicians to help screen patients for warning signs of heart or vascular disease.

Beaumont’s 7 for $70 screening includes:

  • blood pressure test
  • body mass index (BMI)
  • blood cholesterol and hemoglobin A1c measurements
  • 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • stroke screening/carotid artery ultrasound
  • abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound
  • peripheral artery disease screening

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Is the Super Bowl harmful to your heart?

Studies suggest stress from big games may trigger heart attacks

big_game_heart_attackHot wings, nachos, sliders on one!

With Super Bowl XLVIII just days away, the hype is reaching fever pitch. This annual NFL championship football game will be seen my millions around the world.

Fatty, salty foods and beer on two!

Broncos, Seahawks, office pools. Omaha!

Studies suggest that big games, like the Super Bowl, may trigger heart attacks in fans due to stress.

Beaumont cardiologist, Steven Almany, M.D., weighs in, “There have been a number of studies linking big games in World Cup soccer and the Super Bowl with fan heart attacks and other cardiovascular episodes.”

Researchers also noted that along with stress, food and drink consumed on Super Bowl Sunday may also be responsible. Is the Super Bowl and the overconsumption of party foods the perfect health storm for some fans?

“There’s no doubt that stress, acts as an emotional trigger, setting off physical changes to the body. When heart rates rise, so too, does blood pressure, increasing the heart’s oxygen demand. While this is happening, the size of coronary arteries can decrease. The decrease in oxygen delivery is not good, especially for those men and women with known heart disease.”

“The overeating, combined with alcohol doesn’t bode well either.”

So, is there a connection to the Super Bowl and heart attacks?

Adds Dr. Almany, “Maybe, for some, but more research needs to be done. Above all, fans need to remember it’s just a game, and that includes Lions fans who’ve experienced long-term heartbreak. Take your medications as prescribed. Eat and drink in moderation. Enjoy.”

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Update in Women’s Heart Health

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in women, affecting 500,000 women annually.  Women are more likely than men to die after a first heart attack and are even more likely to suffer a second heart attack.

Dr. Pam Marcovitz, medical director of Beaumont’s Ministrelli Women’s Heart Center, led the Update in Women’s Heart Health conference that focused on highlighting gender differences in the identification and treatment of heart disease.

“A startling number of women, almost half, say they would not call 911 when they are experiencing heart attack symptoms. Calling 911 for symptoms of heart attack is critical in order to receive life-saving treatment with stenting. It is very important that we continue to educate women on the signs and symptoms of heart attack and share ways to prevent heart disease,” says Dr. Marcovitz.

Heart Conference - Evo

Beaumont’s Intergrative Medicine program includes a variety of treatments including acupuncture, massage therapy and guided imagery.

Also included in today’s conference was a focus on techniques for reducing stress and the benefits of yoga.

Gail Evo, director of integrative medicine at Beaumont, says, “Whether people are healthy or fighting an illness, it is important to have services and programs to support healing and wellness.”

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Randy Travis suffers from viral cardiomyopathy – what is it?

by Neil Bilolikar, M.D., Beaumont cardiologist

(Photo: Reed Saxon Copyright 2004;No Tennessean)

(Photo: Reed Saxon Copyright 2004;No Tennessean)

Country singer Randy Travis, 54, underwent heart surgery today, after suffering from complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy.

What exactly is viral cardiomyopathy? Viral cardiomyopathy is one of many dilated cardiomyopathies, which is the result of an infection with a virus. The types of viruses that can cause a cardiomyopathy range from the same viruses that cause the common cold and flu, to more extreme viruses. A patient may contract an illness where they are affected by this virus, and the virus may eventually affect the heart either by causing direct action against the heart muscle or through inflammatory effects.

Symptoms of viral cardiomyopathy include:

  • shortness of breath
  • fatigue
  • chest pain

The syndrome can present in the acute phase as a myocarditis, the symptoms for which can mimic a heart attack. The patient and treating ER doctors may think the patient is having a heart attack. However, most commonly, the patient will present one to two weeks after developing a viral illness, and feel short of breath, tired and possible occasional chest discomfort.

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“Marvelous care” won’t be forgotten

On Jan. 26, Terry Donovan finished his fish dinner at Hogan’s restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, walked out to the parking lot and died.

“They said I was clinically dead,” Terry explains of his cardiac arrest. A good samaritan immediately intervened and started chest compressions that saved his life.

Terry and his family spent a few weeks trying to identify the good samaritan, but their search came up empty. The unidentified man wasn’t the only person involved in saving Terry’s life and he made it a point to make sure he thanked each and every one of his nurses and doctors at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, whose quick action and care, saved his life and preserved his brain function.

“Everybody went above and beyond what I could’ve expected,” said Terry, who chose Nurses Week to surprise the staff because, “They deserve as much recognition as I can give them.”

Yesterday Terry was back in the hospital to deliver his personal thanks for the “marvelous care” he received. Armed with personalized notes and bouquets of forget-me-nots, Terry made his rounds to all of the departments he was with during his stay – emergency, cardiac intensive care  and cardiac progressive care. Addressing all of his caregivers, Terry offered a few words of thanks and left them with a traditional Irish blessing, “May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields.”

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Ensuring the daddy-daughter dance will go on

Daddy-daughter danceIt’s what daddies do. They dance with their daughters at their weddings. But a heart attack and subsequent stroke put that tradition in jeopardy for Jim Marin and his daughter Lisa.

He was always a dancer. In fact, Jim and his wife Lydia used to win dancing competitions. They could really burn the floor with a good disco song.

But on Dec. 18, he began having chest pain, so at his doctor’s office, Jim received an EKG. “The doctor said I needed to go to Beaumont right away,” he recalls. “I drove myself there and was admitted. During the heart cath, I was given two stents, but in the course of the procedure, a piece of plaque broke away and I had a small stroke.”

The stroke affected his cerebellum, the part of the brain responsible for balance, movement-related functions and posture. For a guy who likes to dance, this was not good news.

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