BROOKLYN, NY (February 6, 2009) – It’s National Heart Month, and the experts at the Maimonides Cardiac Institute urge you to love your heart – not only in February, but all year long. There are many ways you can keep your heart healthy, Start by consuming a diet that is high in vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, low-fat dairy and fresh fruit. Continue by making exercise part of your daily routine. These healthy habits will help you control your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar and weight, reducing your risk of developing heart disease.
It’s important to see your doctor annually to have all of your risk factors checked. Many people need to take medication to avoid serious heart disease, and your primary care physician can recommend specific lifestyle changes that will improve your overall health. If you are a smoker, quitting now can greatly reduce your cardiac risk. Ask your physician about nicotine replacement and other approaches that can help you conquer the habit.
For those who already have heart disease, many treatments and therapies are available that can cure the problem or minimize its impact on your quality of life. The most advanced diagnostic and treatment protocols are provided by the Cardiac Institute at Maimonides Medical Center.
“We have assembled the finest team of clinicians at the Maimonides Cardiac Institute,” explains Dr. Jacob Shani, Chair of the Institute. “And our doctors and nurses use the most advanced technology to ensure that we remain leaders in battling heart disease on behalf of our patients.”
The cardiac specialists at Maimonides have achieved the highest possible ratings from two prestigious national sources: the federal government’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings company.
“Hospital Compare,” the CMS website that helps the public review the quality of care in hospitals, publishes the most recent data on mortality rates for heart attack and heart failure patients. Of nearly 5,000 hospitals in the nation, only nine performed better than the national rate in treating heart attacks, and 41 in treating heart failure. Maimonides is among the handful of hospitals nationwide that excels in both categories.
HealthGrades also reviews patient outcomes and mortality data. The 2009 report ranked Maimonides first in New York State for Cardiology Services. Maimonides also ranked among the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for cardiology services and cardiac interventions, and is a recipient of the 2009 HealthGrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award and the 2009 HealthGrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award. In addition, Maimonides is five-star rated once again in Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) patient outcomes.
For more information about the award-winning Cardiac Institute at Maimonides Medical Center, please log-on to www.maimonidesmed.org or call 718-283-8902.
FREE HEART MONTH SCREENINGS AT MAIMONIDES:
Check your Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Glucose Levels:
Friday, February 20, 2009
9AM – 1PM
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
3 – 7PM
Both screening sessions take place in the Main lobby of Maimonides Medical Center, 4802 Tenth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219.