Dr. Smolens shares a woman’s risk factors for heart disease. Dr. Iva Smolens is a cardiothoracic surgery focusing on women's heart conditions at Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa, Arizona.
In 2007, in the “Circulation” journal, was published the new updated evidence-based guidelines for women for risk factor modification for heart disease, and there’s a new classification system for risk: high risk, at risk, or optimal risk, and let me explain to you what each of these are. Women who are high risk for heart disease have had previous episodes of heart or vascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes or a known aneurysm.
Also, folks with end-stage renal disease and diabetes mellitus fall into that category. People at risk are those patients who have greater than one or one risk factor for heart disease. That includes smoking, obesity, inactive lifestyle, hypertension, or high lipids, and those people with optimal risk are any individuals without any risk factors whatsoever.
About Dr. Smolens, M.D.:
Board Certified Cardiothoracic Surgeon Iva Smolens, M.D., serves as medical director of the Women's Heart Center at Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa, Arizona. She currently serves on the American Heart Association’s Board of Directors for the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Condition: Heart Attack, Heart Palpitation, Heart Disease
Related Terms: Chest Pain, Stress Test, High Blood Pressure, HDL, LDL, Body Mass Index, Cardiovascular Exercise, Angiography, Stent, Heart Bypass Surgery, Open Heart Surgery, Vascular Disease, EKG
Expert: Dr. Iva Smolens, Iva Smolens, M.D., Doctor Iva Smolens, Cardiologist Iva Smolens
Expertise: Cardiology, Heart Specialist, Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Attack, Heart Palpitation