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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
September 30, 2019
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Heart Disease  

Have you been diagnosed with heart disease? If so, you need to know your treatment options. Here at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and heart diseaseMedical Specialists in St. Thomas and St. Croix, your cardiologist, Dr. Ahmet Sayan, can help outline what you need to stay healthy for life. Read on to learn more.

 

Worrisome numbers

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that the number of people in the United States suffering from the effects of heart disease is staggering. In fact, this condition is the leading cause of death for both women and men, with coronary artery disease alone taking the lives of about 370,000 adults annually.

These numbers concern the professional team at Virgin Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists. In our offices in St. Thomas and St. Croix, Dr. Sayan carefully screens his patients for symptoms of heart disease, and when the condition is suspected, a state-of-the-art screening is performed.

 

Types of heart disease and treatment options

Heart disease includes congenital and acquired malformations (including the heart valves), problems with its electrical system (arrhythmias), high blood pressure, heart attack, congestive heart failure, and, most commonly, cardiovascular disease. To pinpoint exactly which heart condition a patient has, Dr. Sayan carefully reviews one's symptoms, past/current medical problems, hereditary factors, medications, and more.

Following this review, your doctor may recommend a diagnostic test, such as:

  • EKG
  • Blood work (specific for cholesterol levels and cardiac enzymes)
  • Angiography (X-ray imaging of the heart)
  • Stress tests (to note the operation of the heart during strenuous physical activity)

Depending on the results of your tests, Dr. Sayan will comprise a treatment plan specific to your issue, lifestyle, age, and other factors. Interventions may include:

  1. Lifestyle changes (e.g. exercise, heart-healthy diet, stress reduction, and smoking cessation)
  2. Weight reduction
  3. Medications to control blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels in the bloodstream
  4. Surgery to correct defects or place pacemakers/defibrillators

 

Be proactive about heart health

Dr. Ahmet Sayan and the friendly team at Virgin Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists urge their patients to seek out healthy preventive and treatment options. Let them help you by scheduling your heart check-up today at either of our two locations. For St. Thomas, phone (340) 714-2845, or for the St. Croix office, call (340) 692-5000.