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By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists
May 07, 2020
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Heart Disease  

It’s never too late to invest in your heart health.

Heart disease is the number one killer of American men and women; however, it’s comforting to know that just by improving your lifestyle, you can drastically improve the health of your heart. From our offices in St. Thomas and St. Croix, Dr. Jeffrey Chase, and cardiologist, Dr. Ahmet Sayan, can help reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke.

Get Active

If you don’t already get regular aerobic exercise each week, then it’s time to start incorporating physical fitness into your lifestyle. This translates to about 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of intense exercise. If you already work out regularly, try upping the intensity of your current routine to gain even more benefits. If you are just starting your fitness journey, your cardiologist can discuss ways to begin working out safely.

Choose a Healthy, Balanced Diet

What you eat has a profound impact on your health. Your diet should consist of mainly whole grains, vegetables, lean proteins, legumes, nuts, and plant-based proteins, as well as lean animal protein such as chicken or fish. Avoid refined sugar and starches such as cakes, cookies, white bread, and pasta. Always check the nutrition labels and avoid most packaged foods, as they are chock full of sodium, sugar, and other preservatives.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

It’s also incredibly important to maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI). If you are overweight, it’s important to consult with your cardiologist to determine the best strategies to help you lose weight safely. Eating healthy and regularly exercising are two of the biggest habits you can adopt to help lose excess weight and maintain your ideal BMI.

Quit Smoking

If you use tobacco products or you smoke, it’s time to ditch the habit. Smoking causes a lot of serious health problems including an elevated heart rate, high blood pressure, and an irregular heartbeat. If you are having trouble quitting, your cardiologist can help you find successful ways to ditch the habit for good. It’s also important to avoid secondhand smoke, which can also have detrimental effects on your health.

Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists deeply cares about the health of its patients, especially during the pandemic. This is why we are offering telemedicine appointments for patients dealing with minor issues or currently undergoing physical therapy; however, our medical team is still caring for patients dealing with cardiac and musculoskeletal problems. For walk-in emergency care, please give us a call first at our St. Thomas office at (340) 714-2845 or our St. Croix office at (340) 692-5000.

By Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists
March 26, 2020
Category: Cardiology

Cardiovascular disease is an umbrella term used for describing conditions that negatively impact the circulatory system and the heart, including heart attack, stroke, and heart disease.

During an appointment here at Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists, your physicians, Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan, can assess your risk for cardiovascular disease in either our St. Thomas or St. Croix locations, and make suggestions on how you can reduce it.

What are Non-Modifiable and Modifiable Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease?

Risk factors for cardiovascular disease could be divided into two categories: modifiable and non-modifiable. Modifiable risk factors are basically those that you can control or minimize with certain lifestyle adjustments, while non-modifiable risk factors are those that you can’t change.

While having one or several risk factors could increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will develop cardiovascular disease. There is, however, a higher chance that you might. This is why getting an accurate assessment of your risk for the disease is extremely vital.

Modifiable Risks Factors for Cardiovascular Disease

  • Smoking
  • An unhealthy diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Unregulated cholesterol levels: low HDL or elevated LDL

Non-Modifiable Risks Factors for Cardiovascular Disease

  • Age
  • A history of cardiovascular disease in the family
  • Ethnicity
  • Sex

Reducing Your Risk of Developing Cardiovascular Disease

To try and minimize your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, you should eat a healthy diet with lots of veggies, fruits, whole grains, and healthy oils. You should likewise exercise at least five days per week, limit your intake of alcoholic drinks, and stop smoking right now. It’s also crucial to note that stress could significantly influence plenty of cardiovascular disease risk factors, which include excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and high blood pressure.

Furthermore, a poor work-to-personal-life balance can lead to stress and contributes to an individual’s risk of cardiovascular disease. This means that you should prioritize stress management and find effective ways to de-stress. Additionally, maintaining a healthy weight and managing health problems like diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, with help from your doctor, is immensely vital.

Know Your Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease Now

Schedule an assessment with one of our doctors, Dr. Jeffrey Chase or Dr. Ahmet Sayan here at the Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists. Call (340) 714-2845 for our St. Thomas office, or (340) 692-5000 for our St. Croix office.

By Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists
February 24, 2020
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Pacemaker  

How a pacemaker from your doctors in Saint Thomas and St. Croix, Virgin Islands can save your life

A pacemaker is a small device placed under the skin to regulate your heartbeat, allowing it to save your life in the event of a heart attack. A pacemaker is typically recommended if you have an irregular heartbeat, known as an arrhythmia.

Here at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists, Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan can help if you need a pacemaker. With two convenient office locations in St. Thomas and St. Croix, read on to learn how their pacemakers can benefit you.

More about Pacemakers

There are three types of pacemakers:

  • A single chamber pacemaker, which routes electrical impulses to the right ventricle of your heart
  • A dual-chamber pacemaker, which routes electrical impulses to the right ventricle and right atrium of your heart; this type of pacemaker helps control the timing of contractions between the heart chambers.
  • A bi-ventricular pacemaker, which is recommended for people with heart failure and abnormal electrical systems; the bi-ventricular pacemaker stimulates the lower chambers of the heart to beat more regularly.

Your doctor may recommend a pacemaker to control your heartbeat. The pacemaker may be temporarily implanted because of a heart attack or surgery. The pacemaker may also be implanted permanently to regulate a slow or irregular heartbeat, or to treat heart failure.

Once installed, the pacemaker acts in place of your natural electrical system when your electrical system malfunctions. The pacemaker will work to speed up your heartbeat if your heart is beating too slowly, a condition known as bradycardia. Newer pacemakers can also detect increased body motion or increased breathing rate during exercise, so a signal is sent to speed up the heart rate.

Call Us

A pacemaker is an important cardiological advancement that can keep your heart beating in the proper rhythm. It can help you lead a normal, productive, active life if your heart is compromised. To learn more about pacemakers and how a pacemaker can help you, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan of Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists, in St.Thomas at (340) 714-2845 or at their office in St. Croix at (340) 692-5000. Call now!

By Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists
February 18, 2020
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Blood Pressure  

How your doctors in Saint Thomas and St. Croix, Virgin Islands can help with high blood pressure

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is when the amount of blood being pumped is abnormally high. High blood pressure is called the silent killer because you may not experience any signs or symptoms until damage has been done to your heart and other organs.

Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists can help with high blood pressure. They have two convenient office locations in Saint Thomas and St. Croix to help you stay healthy.

What Does Having High Blood Pressure Mean?

If your blood pressure reading is high, that indicates your blood isn’t passing smoothly through your arteries. It’s encountering resistance, often in the form of fatty, plaque deposits on your artery walls. These fat deposits partially block your arteries, narrowing the passage the blood travels through.

Dangerous Consequences of High Blood Pressure

According to the Mayo Clinic, untreated high blood pressure can cause damage to:

  • Your arteries, including narrowing or an aneurysm
  • Your heart, resulting in coronary artery disease (CAD), heart enlargement, or heart failure
  • Your brain, increasing chances of a transient ischemic attack (TIA), stroke, or dementia
  • Your kidneys, including scarring or kidney failure
  • Your eyes, creating retinopathy or nerve damage

You are at higher risk of high blood pressure if you:

  • Are overweight or have a sedentary lifestyle
  • Have a family history of high blood pressure
  • Are using tobacco products or drinking alcohol excessively
  • Follow a diet that is high in salt or low in potassium
  • Have sleep apnea, diabetes, or kidney disease

Treatment at Your Saint Thomas and St. Croix, Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists Office

The good news is your Saint Thomas and St. Croix doctor can help. Medications are very effective for getting blood pressure under control. They may recommend a combination of diuretics, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and/or calcium channel blockers.

Diet and lifestyle modification is a vital part of controlling blood pressure. Dr. Jeffrey Chase or Dr. Ahmet Sayan may recommend losing weight, restricting salt in your diet, limiting alcohol, quitting smoking, controlling stress, and being more active to help with blood pressure management.

High blood pressure is dangerous for your health, so make an appointment with your doctor today to determine if your blood pressure is under control. For more information on treating high blood pressure and other medical topics, call Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan of Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists in Saint Thomas at (340) 714-2845, or their office in St. Croix at (340) 692-5000. Call now!

By Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists
January 23, 2020
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Chest Pain  

Your best self stems from a healthy lifestyle—one that includes proper dietary habits and regular exercise. Additionally, you must pay chest painattention to what your body may be telling you. For instance, if you have chest pain, you should contact Dr. Ahmet Sayan, your cardiologist at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists, to learn what the cause may be.

 

Is is a heart attack?

Medical News Today reports that about a million Americans have a heart attack every year. Accordingly, always seek help if you have symptoms of:

  • Chest pain that spreads to the jaw, back, and shoulder
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fast respirations
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Rapid pulse
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Lightheaded feeling

The American Heart Association advises that anyone experiencing acute chest pain and any number of the above symptoms should call 911 immediately for emergency care by a paramedic and transport to the nearest hospital. Dr. Sayan and his team at Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists provide the best in after-hospital care for cardiovascular events and ongoing issues.

 

Is it something else?

Your body is complex, and chest pain symptoms may not be cardiac in nature. However, whatever the origin, your symptoms should be reported and investigated. Possible causes could be:

  • Broken ribs, collapsed lung, or strained rib cage muscles after a fall
  • GERD (acid reflux), stomach ulcers or pancreatitis
  • Issues involving the lining and function of the esophagus (food pipe)
  • Panic attacks
  • Hiatal hernia (protrusion of the stomach through the diaphragm)
  • Pneumonia and secondary pleurisy (inflammation of the sac around the lungs)
  • Angina (pain related to the narrowed blood vessels of cardiovascular disease)
  • Myocarditis (inflammation of the cardiac muscle)

Remember that sudden onset chest pain is almost always dangerous and concerning. So, if this happens to you, go to the nearest hospital ER for evaluation.

 

At Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists...

Expect prompt, kind, care with the latest in diagnostic testing and techniques. Dr. Sayan is our in-house cardiologist, and Dr. Jeffrey Chase is our orthopaedic surgeon. We look after patients of all ages and deliver on-site PT and imaging. Contact one of our two offices for a consultation. For St. Thomas, phone (340) 714-2845, and for St. Croix, dial (340) 692-5000.