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Heart Health in the News: “Women with Diabetes Face Greater Heart Risks than Men”

It has been reported that Type 2 diabetes – the most common form of the disease – substantially increases one’s risk for heart disease. Interestingly, a recent wellness blog on The New York Times web site reported that a meta-analysis review of more than 64 published studies covering more than 850,000 patients, has found that this risk is much higher for women than men.

What is Type 2 diabetes?

According to the American Diabetes Association, with Type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin, which is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy.

When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can cause two problems: (1) it may starve cells for energy and (2) over time can result in negative consequences for one’s eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart. Studies show that Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population.

Why is there a greater risk for women than men?

The lead researcher on the review project, Sanne A. E. Peters, an epidemiologist at University Medical Center Utrecht, states that the reasons are largely unclear. However, Peters suggests that women may be taking worse care of themselves – i.e., gaining more weight and raising the risk of coronary disease – than men prior to the onset of diabetes.  The researcher mentions that while there is no proof of this, she suspects it may be true.

According to a Time.com blog on this study:

“Even after accounting for the fact that women tend to develop heart disease at different rates than men, the researchers report in Diabetologia that women with diabetes were 44% more likely to develop heart problems than men with the disease. Historically, women aren’t treated for heart risk factors as well as men, partly because their symptoms are different – many women don’t experience the chest pains and shortness of breath that are a hallmark of a heart attack among men, for example. So women may actually have more advanced, untreated heart disease when they are diagnosed with diabetes than men when they are diagnosed.”

At Vasomedical we believe in taking care of your heart in a variety of ways – from regular exercise to watching your diet and beyond. Diabetes is a serious issue with consequences that can impact your heart health. For more information about diabetes, visit: the American Diabetes Association’s website at: http://www.diabetes.org/.

Exercise and heart health– Can there be too much of a good thing?

We’ve all heard that exercising keeps the heart healthy – whether it’s a run, yoga class or cycling. But how much exercise is healthy and can too much be harmful?

According to a recent piece by MedPage Today, “too much of a good thing” can become a reality, and one must be tuned in to his or her limits.  It looks like moderate exercise may be the way to go, even for healthy patients.

The article states:

“Research involving stable chronic heart disease (CHD) patients found daily strenuous exercise to be associated with a more than twofold increased risk for cardiovascular mortality compared with moderate (two- to four-times a week) exercise (2.36, 95% CI 1.05-5.34).”

This is not an excuse to skip your exercise though! Researchers found that moderate, regular exercise is important for maintaining a healthy heart. Widely accepted guidelines recommend 30-60 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity five to seven days per week.

You can read the full piece here: http://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Prevention/45785

Tell us – how much exercise do you get each week? What’s your favorite form of cardio?  Email us with your heart-healthy exercises at vaso@kcsa.com.

Tales from the Heart: Heart House in Washington Township Edition

Across the country there are heart clinics and cardiologists dedicated to providing the best in EECP Therapy to patients who suffer from heart disease. This week, we wanted to shine the spotlight on Heart House in Washington Township and Dr. Scott Fertels, a cardiologist with Cardiovascular Associates of the Delaware Valley, New Jersey.

Dr. Fertels witnessed remarkable patient progress as a result of undergoing treatment with EECP Therapy. He writes:

“One of our patients, an 82-year old gentleman with a history of coronary artery bypass and prior intracoronary stents was even able to go jogging without chest pain, fatigue or shortness of breath after completing his EECP treatment.”

EECP Therapy has changed lives. Dr. Fertels receives thank you letters all the time but one note he received from a 68-year old patient with advanced heart disease was particularly poignant:

“She wrote that prior to receiving EECP Therapy; she was constantly overwhelmed by fatigue and discomfort, unable to travel to the supermarket without needing to spend the entire day recovering in bed. After completing the entire EECP treatment protocol, her energy level was so improved that she decided to take a 300 mile trip to be with friends at her 50 year high school reunion.”

Dr. Fertels is an advocate for EECP Therapy because he has seen patient improvements with his own eyes.

There are many more heartwarming stories of recovery written every day, and we look forward to bringing them to you via the blog. If you have a story about EECP Therapy you’d like to share, please email us at: vaso@kcsa.com.


Tales from the Heart – EECP® on Prime Time TV

Last week in Los Angeles, TV station KTLA ran a live broadcast from Global Cardio Care, an Inglewood based EECP® therapy clinic that has been treating patients with cardiovascular disease since 2002. Sara Soulati, founder of Global Cardio Care has been treating patients since 1996 when she launched her career in the field of EECP® therapy. After treating thousands of patients successfully in her West LA location Sara opened up a second center in 2012 in the Wilshire area of West LA.

Sara’s centers offer a healthy life style program featuring EECP® therapy, plant-based nutrition and exercise. EECP® therapy, an FDA cleared therapy for the treatment of angina and used for other cardiovascular diseases as well, has been clinically proven though still remains relatively unknown. You can visit the KTLA web site and read the story as well as see the videos of the segments on EECP® therapy as seen by the public in the Los Angeles viewing area last Friday.

It was so well viewed in Los Angeles that Jay Leno used a sequence shot in his ‘Looks Dirty But It’s Not” comedy routine. Hopefully this exposure on KTLA can help make more patients aware of the therapy and increase their interest to find access to a therapy center near them. As Gayle and Sara demonstrated, you may find that EECP® therapy can create a New Year! New You!

Stories from the Heart: Portland Edition

As many of us are aware, EECP Therapy can transform the lives of heart disease patients for the better. We wanted to share a touching story from a patient in Portland, Oregon who got a second lease on life because of the treatment.

For our Portland patient, heart problems started at age 45:

“I had my first bypass surgery in 1990. Late in 2005, I underwent my second bypass surgery. In between these two surgeries, I had in excess of 23 angioplasty procedures. Within a year after my second bypass, I once again was experiencing angina.”

However, eventually the patient came across EECP Therapy which changed their life:

“My cardiologist said that surgery was not an option and mentioned Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP®) Therapy as an option. He said the success rate was quite high (over 90%) at relieving angina pain. I started treatments wearing a nitroglycerin patch and supplementing with nitroglycerin tablets. As treatment progressed, I stopped using the patches and by the end of treatment I no longer needed any nitroglycerin tablets. I was 100% angina free! I remain pain free to this day. For me, EECP® is a miracle.

Since his experience with EECP Therapy, he has begun to ‘pay it forward’:

“After my tremendous success with EECP, I made a promise to myself that I would “pay this forward.” I have spoken at senior centers and assisted living centers in hopes of meeting people who were in the same situation as I had been before EECP. Because of Heart Centers and EECP, I have a life. With that new life, my mission is to find people who are suffering like I was and tell them about EECP and the wonderful results they too can achieve.”

It’s fantastic to hear the impact EECP Therapy has had on one Portland patient and how he has become an advocate for the therapy in his local community. We love receiving stories like this. If you or a loved one has a story about your experience with EECP Therapy, please share it with us at vaso@kcsa.com.

Bringing EECP Therapy to the Forefront

EECP Therapy has been available to treat patients with heart issues since the mid-nineties and its forerunner “external counterpulsation” dates back to the 1970s but even after all this time there unfortunately remains a lack of awareness about the treatment, and many patients suffering with heart disease remain unaware of EECP Therapy and the benefits it offers.

We wanted to share a piece with you which originally appeared in Easy Health Options from Bob Livingston, a dedicated researcher who specializes in health issues and searching for alternatives to mainstream treatments, wrote about EECP Therapy. This piece shines further light on this low-cost, effective treatment for heart disease.

When discussing how patients received the treatments, Livingston writes:

“The testimonials of patients with severe angina are full of the highest praise. I have talked to one extremely serious heart patient who called EECP a miracle. He was an invalid, yet now he’s back to life — even playing golf.”

From all of his years of research, Livingston has become a firm believer in EECP Therapy:

“I suggest you pursue EECP evaluation by a cardiologist to make sure that you aren’t excluded. If your cardiologist is indifferent to EECP, then get another cardiologist.”

It’s important for us when raising awareness of EECP Therapy to tell stories that spotlight the treatment’s loyal supporters and patients who have received benefits from this therapy.

There are countless patient stories and supporters out there, and bringing those stories with us to conferences, meetings and our office lives makes our jobs more rewarding and enjoyable. If you or someone you know has a story to tell about EECP Therapy, we’d love to hear from you!  You can email us at vaso@kcsa.com.