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Most of us know someone who has needed an angioplasty and lives with one or more stents in their arteries. Many of us also know people who have needed a heart bypass or CABG. Ultimately, the reason for either procedure is the buildup of plaque in the arteries that has slowly narrowed them to the point where the heart is not receiving enough oxygen-rich blood. If left untreated, this condition known as atherosclerosis can lead to significant chest pain and a heart attack.
But for those of us that have spent the best part of our lives sitting on the couch and eating poorly, is there any hope? Is there any way that we can avoid the eventuality of requiring a procedure to unclog or bypass our arteries? The short answer is “sort of.”
We have always known that a pregnant mother’s health can significantly affect her unborn child. This is why one of the most significant pregnancy related complications we look out for is preeclampsia, or high blood pressure, during pregnancy. While we already know that low birth weight and premature birth have a significant effect on an infant’s heart. Recent observational research, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, has theorized that preeclampsia may actually affect the shape of an infant’s heart. Which could potentially lead to heart troubles, including high blood pressure, later on in life.
When vaping was first introduced in 2007, many proponents considered it a healthier alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes and tobacco which are often laced with toxic chemicals. By inhaling an aerosol of purer liquid nicotine or even THC, there would be no toxins entering the lungs.
Unfortunately, the group that has most taken to vaping has been a younger generation of more health-conscious consumers that did not want the smell and health considerations of traditional smoking, however still felt the need for nicotine or THC. As a result, while traditional smoking has been on the decline, we have seen a significant increase year after year in vaping. In fact, it is estimated that 1 in 20 Americans now use e-cigarettes.
The Huntington Heart Center is proud to announce the opening of our primary care facility Northport Comprehensive Care. With more and more consolidation in medicine, we know that our patients value a caring, supportive and personalized environment in which to receive comprehensive heart care. Adding primary care services for our patients allows us to treat them more fully.