Christina Adams, MD, Integrative Cardiologist, Women’s Heart Center

Christina Adams, MD, Integrative Cardiologist, Women’s Heart Center


[begin music]>>Christina Adams, MD: My name is Christina
Adams, I’m a cardiologist. My interests include general cardiology, preventative
care, secondary prevention. I really have a unique interest in preventative cardiology. Knowing that ninety percent of heart disease
is preventable, I believe if we attack the risk factors that cause heart disease we’re
more likely to better be able to prevent heart disease in first place. I got involved in cardiology when I was a third-year medical student when my father past away unexpectedly of sudden cardiac death. He was my first example of a heart patient. Someone who wanted to live a life and was
so productive and he had a very serious condition, And seeing him struggle through his diagnosis
and seeing him cope, and seeing how much a heart patient doesn’t need to be defined
by their disease, said this is the role I need to play. I need to become a cardiologist. I need to give back to the type of disease
that my father suffered from, just brought such a true meaning of why I needed to become
a physician. I’ve been practicing now since 2012 in cardiology
and did my fellowship at Scripps Clinic and then stated on after fellowship. Integrative medicine has always been an interest of mine because it’s part of being a regular cardiologist. Integrative medicine is a way to use complementary
forms of treatment: massage, meditation, Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, ayurvedic medicine. The benefits of taking that integrative approach
is just more treating the individual as a whole and looking at multiple ways of attacking a health issue. It just gives us a more of a individual approach to patients and opens our eyes to other possible alternative therapies. One of the things we’re offering at Scripps
is a unique experience in the Women’s Heart Center, which was just launched in 2017. This is a very comprehensive visit open to
all women whether they’re just trying to prevent heart disease or look for secondary
prevention or second opinion in regards to total and complete comprehensive care for their heart
disease. It’s a unique clinic experience, meaning
that we take a lot of time with our patients to know their back history, to obtain any
necessary testing before the visit so that patients leave with a true understanding of
where the risks are in regards to heart disease and what they can do to become healthier and
decrease their risk of developing heart disease or developing a subsequent event. It’s been an example of where medicine needs
to go. Patients in my clinic are challenged I think,
because as a cardiologist I have certain expectations that my patients will understand what their
disease process is, know why they’re taking their medications, be proactive in their health. It’s a team effort. I work with them to say what’s working,
what’s not working, what’s preventing you from getting the exercise you need, what’s
preventing you from eating a healthier diet and so that we can get over those hurdles
so that people feel overall better. My patients can expect to have a good conversation
about how to improve their overall health, understand their disease process and really
set clear goals as to what we’re working towards in regards to their heart health. Of course I do expect them to eat well, exercise
regularly but I would never ask them to do anything I’m not doing myself. I truly believe in practicing what I preach. [end music]

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