By Shana Fischer
Every 40 seconds in the United States, someone has a heart attack. Knowing your risk factors and how to live a heart-healthy life can help ensure you don’t become a statistic.
Knowledge is power and it’s the catalyst behind a free educational event for the community led by nationally-recognized Scottsdale Interventional cardiologist, Dr. David Rizik. For the last 15 years, Dr. Rizik has led the Scottsdale Interventional Forum, designed to help anyone interested in learning more about cardiac health. Dr. Rizik, who is also the Chief Scientific Officer for HonorHealth, encourages everyone to attend, “It really is for the layperson. It is for anyone who wishes to learn more about heart disease, heart issues. We will discuss new procedures and new therapeutic strategies. If someone has just received a heart diagnosis and needs answers, this free discussion will help them.”
The event will offer a look at the evolution of cardiovascular surgery including the chance to witness a live cardiac interventional procedure, and discussions about new treatments and procedures along with advice on how to live a healthier lifestyle. According to Dr. Rizik, the difference between cardiovascular treatments 20 years ago and today are monumental, “Years ago, surgeries—even minor ones—were invasive. They required large incisions and a long recovery time. Now, with the development of special equipment and new ways of performing surgeries, the incisions are small and the recovery time is cut significantly.”
One of the topics Dr. Rizik is especially excited to discuss is women and heart health. Men and women present differently when it comes to heart events and often times women don’t recognize the symptoms. During the event, cardiologists will answer questions and provide valuable life-saving information.
While we all know smoking can have devastating effects on the heart, other dangerous factors include drug use, alcohol abuse and other medical issues like diabetes. Local cardiologists will offer information and advice that underscores just how vulnerable the heart can be and how to take charge of your health.
Dr. Rizik says there are three things you can do starting today to give your heart a helping hand. Firstly, eat right. Make sure you have a balanced diet filled with heart-healthy options like fish, lean meats, and vegetables. Try to exercise 45 minutes at least five times a week, it can be as simple as taking a brisk walk or using cardio machines at the gym. Finally, and most importantly, if you do smoke, stop now. Dr. Rizik also suggests finding a primary care physician and getting a yearly check-up. And, if you receive any kind of diagnosis involving your heart, don’t ignore it or put it off. Consult a cardiologist and understand your options.
Above all, Dr. Rizik says a heart diagnosis is not a death sentence, “The odds are in your favor. With the help of a cardiologist and perhaps a procedure or lifestyle modification, you can get back to the life you have always lived.”
Be sure to attend the Scottsdale Interventional Forum on March 21st, 2018. The free event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort at Gainey Ranch from 5:30pm to 8pm. Registration is required as seating is limited. For more information, click on this link. And, to see an interview with Dr. Rizik and learn more about HonorHealth’s revolutionary new Lampe Center for Advanced Heart Care, be sure to watch “Your Health” on YurView Arizona on Cox Channel 4.