At the Yakima Heart Center, we don't believe that heart disease should limit an individual's quality of life. Most heart disease can be managed through medication and lifestyle changes.
The following information contains excerpts from the website cardiosmart.com which we recommend as a resource for more information regarding heart disease.
A Grain of Salt - December 28, 2012
By Doug A. Morrison, MD - Cardiologist Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, and Interventional Cardiology Ever heard the term: "Everything in moderation?" This applies to a wide range of factors that affect your heart health. But one of the most important factors to moderate is your sodium intake. Salt is a necessary mineral in our diets, but not in the amount most people consume on a daily basis. The average American should only eat about 2,300 ... Read More »
Take Ten - November 30, 2012
By A.B. Preacher, MD - Cardiologist Board Certified in Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Specialty. Recently on a trip to the mall, I watched a car circling the parking lot looking for a space closer to the door. We all do it. However, our quest for convenience has a negative affect on our heart health. Patients tell me frequently that they just don't have time to exercise. But research shows that as little as ten extra minutes of consistent exercise-three times a day-is all you need to improve ... Read More »
Smoker's Choice - November 19, 2012
By Erik A. Monick, MD - Cardiologist Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology, and Cardiovascular Disease. Did you know that smokers are at least twice, and as much as six times, as likely to have heart attacks as non-smokers? One of my patients, a life-long smoker, recently asked me why he should stop smoking now- the damage is already done. WRONG! It's never too late to stop. One year after a person quits smoking, their risk of future coronary heart disease drops by 50 percent... Read More »
BY THE NUMBERS - November 06, 2012
By Roger E. Vielbig, MD Cardiologist Board Certified in Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Disease The other day I asked a patient about their cholesterol levels and they responded that their doctor keeps track of all their numbers. I hear this response all of the time. But think about your car. How productive would it be if your mechanic had to tell you when your fuel was getting low, your oil pressure was spiking, or your engine was about to overheat? You rely on the gauges in your car to tell ... Read More »
Eat Right - October 05, 2012
Improving your diet will help you control your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar. It also may help you lose weight if you're overweight or obese, which is an important step for lowering heart disease risk. According to the American Heart Association, an adult consuming 2,000 calories daily should aim for: Fruits and vegetables: At least 4.5 cups a day Fish (preferably oily fish): At least two 3.5-ounce servings a week Fiber-rich whole grains: At least three 1-ounce-equivalent ... Read More »
Stay Active - October 05, 2012
Physical activity lowers your risk for heart problems, such as a heart attack. It helps reduce LDL ("bad") cholesterol and increase HDL ("good") cholesterol. It also helps control your blood pressure and blood sugar level. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends 150 minutes of moderate- intensity aerobic activity every week, but you don't have to do it all at once. Try doing a total of 30 minutes of physical activity, such as fast walking, at least five days of the week. Not only is it... Read More »
Know your numbers - October 05, 2012
The best way to ensure your heart is in good health is to get regular check-ups from your health care provider. Your doctor will check a number of factors that lead to heart disease. It's important to know and understand those numbers, so that you can manage your heart health on your own. Blood pressure Pulse or Heart Rate Waist circumference Weightand Body Mass Index (BMI) Cholesterol Blood sugar/Glucose Levels BLOOD PRESSURE Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against blood vessel ... Read More »