Heart disease and stroke are two current leading causes of death in the United States.
Cardiovascular disease can affect people of all races, ages and backgrounds, but certain lifestyle choices such tobacco use, being physically inactive, obesity and alcohol abuse can increase the risks of cardiovascular disease. 47% of Americans have at least one of the three major risk factors for heart disease (High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking).
Adults should incorporate at least 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic activity with 2 days per week dedicated to muscle strengthening activity. Physical activity can be spread out over the entire week, so don’t feel the need to squeeze it all into one afternoon at the gym!
Symptoms of a Heart Attack
It is important to recognize that a heart attack has more telltale signs than experiencing chest pains; the other major signs that a heart attack may be imminent are:
- Discomfort in the upper body. Can be pain of discomfort in the arms, back, neck jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath. Comes with chest pains, but they can precede it.
- Cold sweats, nausea and light-headedness.
If you or someone you know is having a heart attack, please call 911 immediately.
And remember for any questions come to the office to talk to one of our physicians. Aveon Health 480.300.4663
Blue Cross Blue Shield has awarded us with quality improvement initiative. Our practice was created with a very specific plan in mind… provide quality, compassionate care to those in need of it. Healing humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time.
Kim will be starting with us on Jan 18, 2016.
Kim has been a provider since 2002. She went to Midwestern University. She has worked in Family Practice and Sports Medicine. Kim has worked with many athletes from GCU, SCC, Phoenix Suns, and Phoenix Mercury.
She has a lot of experience working with women’s health including hormone replacement.
Kim has worked very closely with Dr. Fereidouni for the past 7 years, for the treatment of Diabetic patients and others.
Please let us know if we can schedule you an appointment with her for any future appointments or any sports related injuries.
Results of Kim Brabentz’s Patient Satisfaction Survey:
Remember to check your cholesterol levels and maintain them within desirable limits.
- Eat a healthy diet. Avoid saturated fats and trans fats, which tend to raise cholesterol levels. Other types of fats, such as polyunsaturated fats, can actually lower blood cholesterol levels. Eating fiber also can help lower cholesterol.
- Exercise regularly. Physical activity can help lower cholesterol. The Surgeon General recommends that adults engage in moderate-intensity exercise for 2 hours and 30 minutes every week.
- Maintaining a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can raise your cholesterol levels. Losing weight can help lower your cholesterol.
- No smoking. If you smoke, quit as soon as possible.
What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body needs. But when you have too much in your blood, it can build up on the walls of your arteries and form blockages. This can lead to heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
There are two kinds of cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). HDL is also called “good” cholesterol. LDL is called “bad” cholesterol. When we talk about high cholesterol, we are talking about “bad” LDL cholesterol.
Seventy-one million American adults have high cholesterol, but only one-third of them have the condition under control. September is National Cholesterol Education Month—a good time to resolve to get your cholesterol screened.
Immunization helps prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. To stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and pneumonia, adults need to get their shots.
Help spread the word by talking to friends and family, encourage others to get a flu shot, listening to doctors about important vaccinations. Read more about it on http://www.immunize.org/reports/
Stay healthy, stay hydrated, get vaccinated, your future depends on it.
ABI (Ankle-Brachial Index)
The most common symptom of peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the lower extremities is a painful muscle cramping in the hips, thighs or calves when walking, climbing stairs or exercising.
The pain of PAD often goes away when you stop exercising, although this may take a few minutes. Working muscles need more blood flow.
If there’s a blood-flow blockage due to plaque buildup, the muscles won’t get enough blood during exercise to meet the needs. The “crampy” pain (called “intermittent claudication”), when caused by PAD, is the muscles’ way of warning the body that it isn’t receiving enough blood during exercise to meet the increased demand.
Many people with PAD have no symptoms or mistake their symptoms for something else
Symptoms of severe PAD include:
Leg pain that does not go away when you stop exercising
Foot or toe wounds that won’t heal or heal very slowly
***If you have questions about the test or would like to know if you are a candidate please call to schedule an appointment.
July is skin care awareness, we would like to invite everyone to come in and have your head-to-toe skin examination today! Here in Arizona we have the highest rates of skin cancer in the nation and the second highest rate in the world. Skin Cancer is one of most devastating cancers in the world and results in one death every 60 minutes. Early detection and treatment is the most effective way to avoid skin cancer especially melanoma the deadliest form of skin cancer. Aveon Health Skin Cancer Screening program specializes in skin cancer diagnosis, treatment, support, and education. Our state of the art program offers the convenience of an office visit with a doctor who understands your needs and can provide expert skin cancer screening. We use a fully digital state of the art mole mapping system to examine and monitor suspicious moles and lesions and digitally preserve the map and image in your all digital chart for archiving and future review. (See our Dermoscopy information page for details) 20 percent of all Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime! Adults should get a skin check every year regardless of age or skin type. For peace of mind, book a head-to-toe skin examination today. As always at Aveon Health we look forward to caring for you from head to toe!
On February 5, Anthem Health Insurance was the target of an outside security breach that resulted in the theft of 80 million patient records. Hackers gained access to Anthem’s IT infrastructure using custom malware.
Both previous and current insurance customers are affected. Anthem reports that credit card or medical history related information were breached. Here is what was stolen:
- Medical ID/Social Security Number
- Phone Number
- Email Addresses
- Employment Information
- Income Data
Anthem will be contacting those directly affected and offering free credit monitoring and identity protection.