Dr. Volgman explains why heart disease is the number one killer in women.
Well, heart disease is prevalent because the risk factors of heart disease are so prevalent. High blood pressure, it’s one of the most common diseases that we know because there’s so much salt, and if there’s anything we can do or we should do is tell the food industry to decrease the salt level that they put in foods. Salt was used to preserve food, and so we used it to help preserve it. You don’t need that much preservation of food.
First of all, we want to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. We want to eat fresh meat so we don’t want to be salting our foods because we want to be eating fresh foods. But if you do have to salt the food to preserve it, just use it sparingly. We’ve really gone overboard in using so much salt. I can’t even eat at restaurants without asking for less salt in my food. I mean, I go to 4-star or 5-star restaurant, and it’s still too much salt and I can’t eat it.
So I see so many men and women adding extra salt on top of the food that’s already being prepared, and I know they are getting way more than they really need.
About Dr. Volgman, M.D., F.A.C.C.:
Annabelle S. Volgman is associate professor of medicine and medical director of the Heart Center for Women at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Volgman graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, and received her medical doctorate degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. She received her internal medicine training at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics and her cardiology fellowship training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She was a fellow in clinical electrophysiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Illinois Masonic Medical Center under Richard Kehoe, M.D.
Dr. Volgman has published numerous abstracts and articles in multiple topics of women and heart disease as well as cardiac electrophysiology. She is currently president of the Metro Chicago Board of Directors of the AHA. She has been a prominent leader of the Go Red for Women movement and has received numerous awards from the American Heart Association. She has been listed in several lists of top doctors and was named a top doctor in the January 2008 issue of “Chicago Magazine.” She has been interviewed by numerous media about health issues and was featured in “O” magazine as Oprah Winfrey’s cardiologist.
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