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While the rest of the US is focusing on campaigning for the next president.
Us against Al -- is gearing up with a campaign against a silent killer atherosclerosis.
Joining me now is doctor George -- from the university of Illinois at Chicago to discuss this killer problem thank you recommending you know we were talking before you know we've got to have.
Again when we get together and but it just looked at us like we have two heads anyway -- tell me about this campaign days.
Us against -- -- -- a very important campaign it's a national education campaign sponsored by AstraZeneca the American Heart Association and other.
On bodies and the goal of the campaign is to improve our understanding of atherosclerosis.
Which is hardening of the arteries which is narrowing of the arteries caused by plaque.
The problem is 63% of men 43%.
Of postmenopausal women have sudden death or heart attack as a first sign of heart disease.
What we hope to do with the program is educate people about their corner your arteries and educate them how to prevent this disease.
Now ha ha ha ha did you get involved.
Well it's very interesting my -- my background is as an intervention on cardiologists had put stents in.
Open up blocked -- your big ticket when it comes in the world to heart chat but my goal is to not prevent people from getting those tests done.
Because we need to prevent that disease.
And the audience should know that they can go to WWW death wrote that Tom.
To educate themselves in to enroll in the after -- Q so that they can actually educate themselves and learn what it takes to prevent the atherosclerosis.
This is a disease that we can prevent.
If when I talked my patience and I tell them.
What are you concerned about pretty -- and patients it's breast cancer it's ovarian cancer but when I stopped to tell them.
Do you know that atherosclerosis.
Kills more women than any of those diseases of -- together not to say that those diseases aren't important ports they are important.
You know say hey it's funny because he you know Tim Russert died unexpectedly and nobody was shocked.
And -- you know and and and of course.
It brings into light that this whole issue of you know he you have somebody who at least on on on television looks healthy and active.
Young and had a normal stress test and had a normal stress this and then they you know massive heart attack.
How can folksonomy what should people do when you when you look at you know we we keep saying that heart disease is the leading cause of death -- for both men and women what should people do.
I -- testing is concern.
What you gonna tell -- should -- be focusing.
So I think the initial tests that people need to do is number one.
Is -- your routine cholesterol testing that is so you measure your total cholesterol LDL bad HDL good.
In your triglycerides give me an amber everybody -- a number so total cholesterol numbers we'd like to keep less than 200 LDL we'd like to keep less than a hundred.
HDL greater than forty however you flip about over two point two point five however depending on your risk factors we adjust the cholesterol is appropriately.
So not everybody needs to have aggressively low numbers.
After that if you're an an intermediate risk group which means you've got about one to 2% chance of having something bad happen over the net per year.
Then you can decide whether you want to get a calcium scan on your heart or other tests which prematurely suggests disease.
The third thing I think that's important is to educate yourself so again as I mentioned the F -- dot com very important for education.
As well as talking to your doctor Potomac patients do you know your telephone number they said yes is a unique to your -- numbers like you know your telephone number.
How often to check your cholesterol.
It just didn't depending upon I would say probably every six months to a year if you're on medical therapy for it then it should be checked periodically when the medical therapies actually increased.
Lifestyle changes are extremely important I'm -- by descent.
Recent article in New York Times today actually.
Show is that we've diet right even in Greece -- people are 70% overweight because of Mediterranean diet now alone all the oddities that you know where the hell it's it's McDonald's and everybody else taking over the health care around you don't.
-- a lot of folks I've got to be wondering about you know with the we -- -- -- pretty animations on TV with pharmaceutical companies are always trying to sell something.
Let's took about plaques and and what is as stable an -- For stable like sure.
One of the things that's also important is the artery explorer exhibit which is actually going to be from all over the United States and people can check where it's going to be.
On the Internet is that that big truck out of their truck outside his -- that truck it looks like a lord explorer it's say it's a medical simulator ride which actually take 200 virtual tour of the artery actually of your heart.
So you can actually see yourself going through the arteries and again and explains to people in a visual sense of kind of of what's going on in those are -- themselves.
So I think that patients actually need to really experiences and if you don't go to the website you go through the video itself.
Dot how do we -- -- outside the obvious things you know of diet and exercise in the Mediterranean Greek diet things like -- one of the things can people do.
To kind of minimize the risk of not developing these plaques.
One minute and makes them and explain that in two ways one is to address your former question.
There are hard plaques which are stable plaques and soft plaques which are the vulnerable plaques those are the plaques that can break rupture and you can have a heart attack.
63% of men 43% of women have that as a first sign of heart disease that's why we have to protect ourselves.
The second thing that people whose lifestyle so watch your diet so that lesson 7% of your calories are from saturated fats.
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10000 steps today I know it's -- From the position standpoint and as you know of steps contrition gynecologist.
-- -- -- -- are really we consider them to be the first screeners right in women and the reason is most women use their obstetrician.
As their position so we have a very close working relationship because when -- numbers are -- normal that's the first time to get women actually treated you know to.
And I I need to remind the audience at 42% of women that have a heart attack -- dead within the first year -- it's a it's a horrible statistic.
Me and well thank you so much for coming to -- don't read if the road that comes after a dot com against the death -- I look out for the big truck that looks like is hard out there and just couldn't figure out here using dig that all right thank you government and thank -- I did you have any health folks who have talked about you -- leader of fox indictment of foxnews.com.
Until next time abducted.
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