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NewYork-Presbyterian Queens recognizes February as American Heart Month, as employees wear red to raise awareness about heart health.
By TimesLedger Staff
NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Hospital is helping women in the fight against heart disease.
The Flushing medical center’s cardiologists work to prevent the disease for the women of Queens in multiple ways with a team of specialists, in partnership with New York-Presbyterian and in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine, providing world-class cardiac care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in Queens.
“New York Presbyterian Queens is deeply committed to helping women fight cardiovascular disease. In fact, we have several female cardiologists on staff at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens who are dedicated to women’s cardiovascular care,” said Dr. Seth Goldbarg, assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. “We have focused on expanding our cardiology footprint in the community, with a growing number of providers offering cardiology consultation and diagnostic testing in Forest Hills, Maspeth, Whitestone, and Flushing, with more locations to come.”
“Women who are concerned about their cardiac risk may benefit from a preventative cardiology evaluation in their local communities throughout the borough,” he added.
According to Dr. Goldbarg, community cardiologists can also provide ongoing care to women with chronic cardiac conditions.
“The accessibility of care streamlines referral for necessary procedures, whether cardiac catheterization, heart rhythm management, or vascular intervention,” said Goldbarg.
Dr. Goldbarg says it’s important to educate patients about heart disease.
“I think awareness of heart disease is certainly critical and its associated risk factors. When we’re young and we feel well, we often don’t realize that our lifestyle choices may be paving a road towards developing these problems later on in life,” said Dr. Goldbarg. “And so educating oneself in younger age groups about healthy lifestyle and our own individualized risk is very important.”
“Patients with a very strong family history with cardiovascular disease, patients with high cholesterol that’s abnormally high probably need evaluation to determine early treatment; it may help to prevent longer term cardiovascular problems,” Dr. Goldbarg added. “And getting screened by a primary care provider, or in some cases a cardiologist for hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol is of critical importance.”
The hospital strives to get women the help they need, and that includes making the medical center a more welcoming and comfortable place for them.
“It’s very common for patients to be very nervous for seeing a doctor at all,” said Dr. Goldbarg. “What I tell patients is the doctor’s visits should be a means of empowering you to understand your own health and really take it into your own hands because a lot of cardiovascular disease is preventable with the right lifestyle choices, and treatment and prevention of basic health problems.”
According to Dr. Goldbarg, it includes dietary choices, use of alcohol and smoking cessation — all lifestyle choices that are “critically important” and easy to ignore.
Dr. Goldbarg tries to educate younger women, as it can be more effective to prevent heart disease than it is to treat it when they get sick.
“If you have hypertension understanding what your goal blood pressure is, having your doctor give you a home blood pressure monitor, and learning how to appropriately check your blood pressure and monitor it will empower you to be on the same team as your doctor for treating the condition,” said Dr. Goldbarg.
Additionally, the NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Cardiology team offers the following tips to its patients: check your blood pressure; avoid trans fat; no smoking; stay stress-free; practice good dental hygiene; knowledge of blood sugar levels; reduction of sodium; focus on a healthy diet; exercise; and getting rest.
Posted 12:00 am, February 9, 2019