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Keys to a Healthy Heart

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Keys to a Healthy Heart
SouthCrest Cardiology Group is keeping your Family’s Heart Healthy

Cardiovascular disease affects over 17 million people in the United States. You may be thinking those affected are only older adults, but they are not. “Due to the obesity epidemic and the rapid growth in diabetes amongst children and young adults, cardiovascular disease is beginning earlier in life,” says Arash Karnama, D.O., a board-certified cardiologist at SouthCrest Hospital. “Healthy hearts need not be about one person; it needs to be a family affair.”

There are several factors that can contribute to cardiovascular disease in all ages. Cardiovascular disease can develop at birth as a defect in the heart or as a result of poor choices and lifestyle habits. Some of the more common causes of heart disease that can lead to heart attack are as follows:

• Smoking
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• Obesity
• Family history of cardiovascular disease
• Illegal drug use and abuse

Preventing heart disease may not be as difficult as one might think, even for children and young adults. So, if it is so simple, then why is heart disease a major cause of death and stroke and the number one killer in the United States? Could it be the lack of commitment to sustainable heart health? It is our responsibility as individuals and caregivers of all types to take an active roll in good health and kick this debilitating disease. Here are some ways to get started:

• Eat a healthy balanced diet
• Get up and get active daily
• If you smoke, quit
• Reduce stress
• Limit alcohol
• If you have diabetes, manage it
• Try to maintain a healthy weight
• Control your bad cholesterol by limiting the intake of fatty foods
• If you have high blood pressure, lower it

Bottom line is it’s time to take charge! Get active as a family. Go on bike rides or play basketball in the driveway. If walking is more your speed, then gather the family and take a walk after dinner. Make changes in food choices as well. Instead of offering your children chips for a snack, opt for something healthier such as peanut butter and apples.
“Changes big or small can make a difference in your heart health,” Dr. Karnama says. “Getting started is the hardest part but once you do, you will feel better and be healthier.”

Join Dr. Karnama as he discusses Keys to a Healthy Heart on Tuesday, February 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the SouthCrest Medical Plaza, 91st and Hwy. 169, Education Center, Suite 145. Following Dr. Karnama, Dr. David Miller will discuss Atrial Fibrillation as well as his beating heart surgery. During Dr. Miller’s and Dr. Karnama’s discussion, titled “Atrial Fibrillation and Keys to a Healthy Heart,” they will discuss the signs and symptoms related to atrial fibrillation as well as prevention and tips to sustain a healthy heart. Seating is limited, so please remember to register. Call 294-DOCS to register.

For more information regarding SouthCrest Hospital and its full menu of services, please visit www.southcresthospital.com.

Dr. Karnama is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiology by the American Board of Osteopathic Internal Medicine. He is also board-certified in nuclear cardiology and cardiovascular computed tomography. Dr. Karnama received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Iowa before attending medical school at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. He is an interventional cardiologist and is in group practice with South Tulsa Cardiovascular Specialists, a practice affiliated with SouthCrest Medical Group.

DR. David J. Miller DO.jpg
Dr. Miller is board-certified in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, having completed his residency at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and general surgery residency at Oklahoma State University Medical Center. He is the department chair for Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at SouthCrest Hospital. He is in group practice with South Tulsa Cardiovascular Specialists, a practice affiliated with SouthCrest Medical Group.

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