A follow-up on a few questions that were raised:
1. Where are the stroke centers near where I live?
You can find a listing of all of the stroke centers in New York from the New York State Department of Health – New York State Hospital Profile.
2. I’m an older adult and unable to jog or do extreme physical activity – do I still get the heart health benefits from walking?
According to the CDC -“You don’t have to do high amounts of activity or vigorous-intensity activity to reduce your risk of premature death. You can put yourself at lower risk of dying early by doing at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity.” For all of their advice visit the CDC Physical Activity for Everyone page.
3. I have diabetes. Am I at a greater risk for heart attack and stroke?
According to the American Heart Association “People with diabetes have a higher-than-average risk of having a heart attack or stroke. These strike people with diabetes more than twice as often as people without diabetes.
There’s a big link between diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. In fact, two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke, also called cardiovascular disease. Clogged blood vessels can lead to heart attack, stroke, and other problems. But there are treatments for heart disease, stroke, and blood vessel disease.” Visit the American Heart Association for more information.
A tool from the American Heart Association – Understanding Your Risk of Heart Attack.
4. What can you tell me about alternative medicine and heart disease?
I want to thank Dr. Thierry Duchatellier and Mercy Medical Center for a very informative presentation.
posted by – Susan, Health Reference Services