Neighborhood Health Watch: Heart Month and Dr. Denise Dietz

Neighborhood Health Watch: Heart Month and Dr. Denise Dietz


(upbeat music) – [Announcer] Neighborhood Health Watch is sponsored by the
doctors of HCA Virginia. – [Diane] Heart disease is the topic today in Neighborhood Health Watch. It’s the leading cause
of death for both men and women in the United States. In fact, one in four deaths are caused by heart disease each year. But there’s good news if
people make proper food choices and live heart healthy lives, heart disease can be prevented. And on the first day of Heart Month, Dr. Denise Dietz with Chippenham
Hospital is in the studios to talk with us about it. What are some of the things
in addition to making healthy food choices people
can do to protect their heart? – Well Diane, I think the
biggest part of knowing your heart health is
knowing your risk factors. So there are many risk factors that go along with your heart health and that’s simple things
such as blood pressure, cholesterol, your weight
and BMI, your blood sugar and whether you have diabetes
and whether you smoke or not. So those simple things can
kind of help you assess whether you may have heart disease. – What are some of the
diseases of the heart? – You know, everyone when
they think of heart health thinks of what we would
term coronary artery disease which is a fancy way of saying blockages in your heart arteries. But the heart’s a little
bit more complicated and you can think of the heart
from a rhythm perspective, so you could have arrhythmias. Or you can have structural
problems with your heart, say your valves or the
thickness of your heart. So there are many ways to kind
of asses your “heart health.” – When should you see a doctor,
do you wait for symptoms or are there really any
symptoms in some cases? – You know, they say
typically there are symptoms but if you’re one of those
patients with risk factors, particularly diabetics who may not show the typical symptoms,
we say get checked out at the right time. You know, young adulthood
is a good time to check in with your doctor and see if
you have these risk factors and if you need any further screening or testing to kind of
figure out what’s going on underneath it all with your heart health. – This Friday is wear red day
to recognize heart health. How does designating a
month make a difference, what are you hoping that will do? – You know, I think the
big thing is just to make the awareness, to have
people become more mindful of heart health by having February
as a heart awareness month. So we hope patients,
when they see the red, kind of think about what’s my heart health and then think about their
family members as well to see if they need to be checked out from a heart perspective as well. – Well, see a doctor, get checked out, make sure you have a healthy
heart and living heart healthy. – Yes, very much so. – Dr. Dietz, thanks a lot for joining us.

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