Dr. Saks shares what BMI/body mass index is and how it affects a woman's risk for heart disease and heart attack.
Body Mass Index is a way of determining obesity which we know is a risk factor for a woman having heart attack or heart disease. The Body Mass Index is the weight in kilograms, divided by the height in meters squared. It’s a mathematical calculation, and we really want the number to be 25 or lower; that’s a patient that has an acceptable risk. Once the number gets above 25, the patient is carrying around extra weight that may put her at a higher risk of a heart problem or heart attack.
About Dr. Saks, D.O.:
Dr. Shani S. Saks joined the Arizona Heart Institute in September 2005, following a three-year invasive cardiology fellowship at the Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Saks completed her undergraduate and Master of Science degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where she graduated Cum Laude. She received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Saks continued her medical education by completing an internal medicine residency at the Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital, where she served as Chief Medicine Resident. Dr. Saks is a Certified Internist by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. Due to significant and premature heart disease in her own family, Dr. Saks has a strong commitment to patient education, reducing risk of heart disease, preventative medicine and women’s health. Dr. Saks provides services at the Arizona Heart Institute location in central Phoenix.
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