Sharp Heart Month News, February 2016
Sharp experts available to discuss heart health and heart-healthy meals.
Sharp HealthCare values its relationship with local media and we look forward to working with you to educate our community about important health issues. Following is a compilation of current health care topics.
Please contact Erica Carlson at Erica.Carlson@sharp.com if you are interested in speaking with one of our affiliated physicians or clinicians.
As a reminder, the after hours media number for Sharp HealthCare is 858-499-4301.
February is American Heart Month.
- Go Red for Women — Sharp-affiliated cardiologists (male and female) are available for in-studio or office interviews to discuss heart disease — the No. 1 killer of women, throughout February — which is designated as American Heart Month.
- Mediterranean Diet: Best for Heart Health — Research shows that the best diet for heart health is the Mediterranean diet. A Sharp-affiliated dietitian is available to share how to include a Mediterranean diet to your meals and share recipe ideas. An analysis of more than 1.5 million adults showed that following a Mediterranean diet contributed to a lower risk of death from heart disease and cancer, as well as a reduced incidence of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.
- Why Do Women Miss the Signs of Heart Attack? — For years, people believed that heart disease occurs primarily in men, but the disease is actually the No. 1 killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. More women than men have died from heart disease since the mid-1980s and women are less likely than men to survive a heart attack. To complicate matters, women often experience different symptoms than the typical chest pain associated with a heart attack in men. And, in some cases, women may not have any symptoms at all. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss signs of a heart attack for women.
Patients available for heart stories.
- Mechanical Hearts Take Over When a Heart Fails — Facing certain death, with a heart working at only 23 percent, Maria was the first person on the West Coast to receive a new device for mechanical support of her failing heart. A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) takes over for the left ventricle when the heart can no longer pump blood through the body. Recently, Sharp Memorial Hospital became the first on the West Coast to implant the investigational HeartMate III™ pump as part of a nationwide clinical trial.
- Avid Surfer Lives Free From Blood Thinners (video) — Atrial fibrillation (AFib), a common heart condition that causes an irregular heartbeat due to defects or damage to the heart's structure, affects more than 2 million Americans. Nick, an avid surfer, relied on blood thinner medication to keep him healthy and in the water instead of in the hospital with a stroke caused by his AFib. Then, Nick met Dr. Maurice Buchbinder, an interventional cardiologist affiliated with Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, who introduced him to a new option that could free him from a lifetime of medication — the WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device.
- Repairing Heart Damage Without Open-Heart Surgery — An irregular heartbeat. That's what the doctor noticed when Dorenda Hubbard went in for her monthly health checkup. Test results pointed to a malfunctioning heart valve, which caused her to experience symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath. Hubbard, who was in her mid-80s at the time, was not a candidate for traditional open-heart valve replacement surgery, given her advanced age. Doctors instead turned to an innovative and minimally invasive technique known as transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure, or TAVR.