February is American Heart Month
Millions in US suffer from heart disease
- Duration 4:20
- Date Feb 3, 2013
Millions in US suffer from heart disease
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And it's time now for Sunday house -- joining us as always this morning is doctor Marc Siegel.
He's associate professor of medicine and why is -- on medical center.
And the author of the -- -- somewhat in the secret code of sickness and health and doctor -- somebody's here the vice chair of the department of urology cheaper robotics at the Mount Sinai Medical Center are.
We're gonna unlock a lot of stuff this morning good morning guys.
It's great to see whether this is morning.
Thanks let's start right now because -- American heart month and it's dedicated to raising awareness.
About what turns out to be the number one killer of men and women in our country said doctor -- what do you want folks to know.
About heart disease well.
-- the number one killer for men and women in February -- the go red campaign that's why were wearing red today for women to raise awareness for a couple of things.
One out of three women who die every year die of heart disease only one -- -- 31.
Die of breast cancer so we talk about breast cancer all the time.
The main killer number one by a long strut its heart disease now why.
Because women don't always look for the same symptoms they watch television they -- If you're not grasping your chest and that is an elephant sitting on your chest can't -- your heart wrong 64% of women who present with.
Lethal heart attacks have no symptoms they recognize you know why.
There's oftentimes it's -- shortness of breath or dizziness nausea they're not feeling quite right.
You have to be on the look out especially if you have low risk factor and almost all of the women who have heart disease have a certain risk factors -- they smoke.
Or how they have high blood pressure or their overweight or they're sedentary.
High cholesterol these -- the issues that everyone men and women need to be looking out for.
So what's the answer that just money you have any of those risk factors get yourself under the -- position.
So you will recognize the symptoms well I think did you have to recognize the symptoms as as mark mentioned under the new money for that is his -- which is really important.
Persistent chest pain is one of the risk major risk factors and symptoms.
Upset stomach you may not know if you have a flu or you may have like a heart attack.
Light headed this dizziness and certainly shortness of breath test and is excessive sweating so you want to be careful about that.
What I won't be able to know is when you put your doctor twice a year.
Walk out before things unique to know specifically what your blood pressure is and ask the doctor what is it now -- what is a comfort to last visit.
You have to nobody cholesterol we talked about bad cholesterol LDL good cholesterol find out what your clustering your triglycerides us.
People will be they want to see is any indication of exactly what your sugar level has been over the course of four months.
That's extremely critical -- the last -- is your body mass index for things you need to know before you walk -- A lot of times Jamie.
Knowing these and changing your diet -- your lifestyle can change but I think that incident and what happened is is medicine is.
Cholesterol is high you get immediately -- -- and that's bad medicine stick your vitamins makes you take your vitamin -- He CAD vitamin.
Because you mentioned -- yes and that surprises me.
What's the connection between your sugar level and heart disease extremely important.
Because diabetes is one of the number one risks of heart disease and there's millions of people out there that have diabetes or pre diabetes.
And don't know what and its associated as -- -- on the show before with weight -- with obesity.
So if you're overweight if you're sedentary if you have a family history of diabetes you must be checked for their.
Although that's a risk factors and -- -- artery disease which is 70% up for the heart disease we seen women.
And I think a lot of people ask me on line exactly what they should take in order to lower their cholesterol if they don't want to take these and remember red yeast rice.
Read -- -- yeast rice who lowers your cholesterol and I have seen increases your good cholesterol.
And I think before you take on these medications because it was alternative -- Snail mail to what you have but I -- -- -- one tiny plug for starters David's right we have to consider other things but you know I do think this cholesterol lowering Staten drugs have saved millions of lives they work.
They retard prep plaque in the coronary arteries if you have a high risk for heart disease or -- heart disease they're great -- -- have failed every other treatment and I stops that's.