Dr. Andrew Atiemo explains how a woman can reduce her risk for heart disease and why exercise is crucial for heart health. Dr. Atiemo is an experienced cardiologist at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona.
Heart disease is a very, very common disease and unfortunately there’s often a misconception that heart disease is a man’s disease. We know that women account for 50% of heart disease deaths.
Really the key, in terms of heart disease prevention, is lifestyle modification and what we mean by that is really maintaining a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet, a heart healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. We have learned that fish or omega-3 fatty acids in the diet is very protective for the heart and a very active lifestyle is very, very important.
The American Heart Association recommends exercise most days of the week for at least 30 minutes a day and I think that with these types of lifestyle modifications one can do a tremendous amount to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Cardiovascular activity is crucial for maintaining heart health. It is critical for patients to try to be as active as possible. The focus of cardiovascular activity does not need to be having a gym membership. One can obtain excellent exercise just by incorporating activity into one’s everyday activities such as using the stairs, walking from the far end of the parking lot, walking in the mall, for example.
And so again, I think exercise is a very, very important factor for reducing the risk of heart disease and if it’s not possible to have a workout regimen at the end of the day then it’s just as good to be able to incorporate exercise into the daytime activities.
About Dr. Andrew D. Atiemo, M.D., F.A.C.C.:
Dr. Atiemo is a cardiologist on staff at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, AZ. After completing his medical education at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Atiemo trained in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard teaching hospital. His passion for cardiology lead him to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland where he trained in general cardiology and interventional cardiology.
Condition: Heart Disease, VTE, Deep Venous Thromboembolism, Coronary Artery Disease, Cardiomyopathy, Cardiovascular Disease, Pulmonary Embolism
Related Terms: Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Support, Chest Pain, Cardiac Catheterization, Stress Test, Weak Heart Muscle, Vascular Trauma, Heart Muscle Inflammation, Blood Clots, Enlarged Heart
Health Care Provider: Banner Hospital, Banner Medical Center, Banner Health, Banner Thunderbird, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, Banner Thunderbird Hospital
Location: Glendale, Arizona, Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Surprise, North Phoenix, 85306
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Expertise: Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Heart Catheterization, Balloon Angioplasty, Rheolytic Thrombectomy, AngioJet®, Acute Coronary Syndromes, Preventive Cardiology, Stress Cardiomyopathy