Why would Gandhi fast when there’s enough fast food to feed the whole world?…

Fast food verses food fast, Gandhi was saving his nation.

But what’s the excuse for Hollywood notables fasting, detoxing and colon cleansing?
How does loss of a dress size and  tummy flattening sound to you?

So there’s fasting and detoxing for spiritual, political and papperazzi purposes.

There’s one more angle and that’s health.
This Sunday, February 20 at 9:30pm ET we have an expert in the arena of detox.
Donna Perrone will make talking detox delightful. She looks to  inspire and create optimum health and well being. She has a wellness center, www.GravityEastVillage.com , an organization, Accent on Wellness, providing health events for the NYC community, www.DonnaPerrone.com , and a radio talk show.

You can read Donna’s full bio on www.GravityEastVillage.com

The follow is Donna’s mission…
“My mission is to provide a forum for people to discover and achieve optimal health and well-being. Working as a therapist, a workshop leader and a radio host allows me to support and provide information to the health conscious community”.

Join #PrimeTimeRadiance Twitter Party for the opportunity to learn about detoxing from a leading expert in the field.
Sunday, February 20, 9:30pm ET.

RSVP to Win health products from Garden Of Life www.GardenOfLife.com and Katz Gluten Free www.KatzGlutenFree.com

Follow this link to RSVP http://bit.ly/4wxe8y

Heart Health Month/Interview With Dr. Nieca Goldberg

February is American Heart Health Month. Heart attacks and strokes are the #1 killer of women in the USA. Awareness of the symptoms and preventive measures can stop heart attack and stroke from becoming fatal and possibly avoid their occurance at all. 

We are very grateful to have the opportunity to ask questions of one of NY’s top cardiologist, Dr. Nieca Goldberg. Not only is she a high level Dr, but she’s an advocate for women’s health. She’s the author of Women Are Not Small Men, Women Are Still Not Small Men:Life-Saving Strategies for Preventing and Healing Heart Disease in Women, books that need to be read by every woman. Awareness is our best defense.

Dr. Nieca Goldberg was very gracious to spend the time answering the following questions in such a thoughtful manner. The answers are full of valuable information. Please make some mental notes. We never know when this information will become vital.

(Questions are in italics. Dr. Goldberg’s answers follow.)

1) What is the most common thing you see (good or bad) in your practice?

More women are scheduling appointments to find out if they are at risk for heart attack. Women still delay calling 911.

Unfortunately I am still hearing from women, that they have scheduled appointments with me because other doctors have dismissed their symptoms. Women’s symptoms for heart attack can be more subtle than men instead pressure in the center of the chest, women may haves symptoms lower down in the chest often mistaken for a stomach problem. The pressure can radiate to the arm neck or jaw.

Other symptoms common in women are shortness of breath where you feel that you have run a marathon without making a move, upper back pressure, extreme fatigue, fainting or nearly fainting, a rapid and irregular pulse. All of these symptoms can be associated with nausea, vomiting or breaking out with a cold sweat.

2) How/why did you choose this career?

My father was diagnosed with heart disease when he was 47 years old and had coronary artery bypass when he was 52. That got me interested in the heart and how it worked. My first mentor was a cardiologist, that got me interested in cardiology. 

My experience with a patient within the first few months of my becoming a cardiologist, led me to focus my career in women. In 1990 after I finished my cardiology training, I was on rounds with the residents and a 41 year old woman was in a bed in the CCU. She had gone to 5 doctors with symptoms of throat tightness, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue she couldn’t walk a block without stopping to take a breath.

The doctors told her a range of things like you’re stressed out, take a vacation, try medication and one even gave her a prescription for Valium.

Finally she called another doctor and he sent her to the hospital. Luckily for her, she didn’t have a heart attack. He asked me to do a stress test on her. The patient was only able to walk 1.5 minutes and then developed the throat tightness, shortness of breath and had an abnormal ECG. We stopped the stress test and I called her doctor and told him, that the stress test indicates your patient has a severely obstructed artery and needs an angiogram. He told me that she didn’t need further testing because women don’t have heart disease.

Eventually my nurse and I convinced him and the patient had a 99% blockage in the artery supplying the front of the heart. It was a heart attack waiting to happen. The artery was opened with an angioplasty and the patient returned to work and improved her heart health.

This experience motivated me to not only take care of women’s hearts but also to become a women’s health advocate.

3) In your opinion, what’s the next level in cardiac medical treatment?

The next level of cardiovascular care for women is pretty low tech we need to screen more women for their risk factors and treat them to lower risk for heart attack and stroke. The next level of research needs to focus on testing heart attacks in women who have symptoms of heart disease but do not have obvious arterial obstruction. This is called microvascular disease and is found in 30% of women who have heart attacks. These women have traditional risk factors; however the medications that we have to treat symptoms do not give the women symptomatic relief. New need more research on how to reduce these symptoms.

4a) How much influence does emotions have in a person’s heart health?
  b) Is this different for men and women?

4. Men and women who have chronic stress have higher blood pressure and higher heart attack risks than individuals who are not chronically stress.

It appears that women are more susceptible to stress and depression.

It is important for women to learn how to delegate tasks so that they can have a shorter to do list. A support network of friends, family, house of worship has been shown to improve heart health. We have not yet looked into social networks but that would be an interesting research project.

Nieca Goldberg MD

Dr. Goldberg will be speaking at NY University’s Medical Center’s Heart Health fair. This is open to the public. #PrimeTimeRadiance will be tweeting from event. You will have an opportunity to ask questions to the Dr.’s during the event by tweeting with us. http://cvi.med.nyu.edu/news/news-archive/heart2011

10 – 10:30 AM Heart Failure: From Ancient Egypt to Dick Cheney
Alex Reyentovich, MD

10:45 – 11:15 AM Nutrition for the Heart — in a Nutshell
Janice James, MS, RD, CDN, CDE

11:30 AM – 12 PM TLC – The Plan for Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes
Eugenia Gianos, MD

12:15 – 12:45 PM Women are Still not Small Men: Life Changing Strategies for Preventing and Healing Heart Disease in Women
Nieca Goldberg, MD

1 – 1:30 PM Taking Control of Your Hypertension
Joseph Ravenell, MD, MS

1:45- 2:15 PM Looking at the Inside of Your Heart…How You and Your Doctor Can Monitor Your Health
Lawrence M. Phillips, MD, FACC, FACP, FASNC

2:30- 3 PM Tips for Heart Healthy Kids
Colin Phoon, MPhil, MD, FAAP, FACC, FAHA

3:15 – 3:45 PM Heart Emergencies in the Home
Ugo A. Ezenkwele, MD, MPH

Is Your Heart Healthy?

I’m not referring to how happy you are, nor to your relationship status. Though it’s been reported that everyday happiness and having a good relationship can effect how healthy your myocardium is.

I’m asking about your myocardium, your heart. Heart attack and strokes are the number 1 killer of women in the US. February is American Heart Health Month. There are great programs, mostly free, that are worth getting yourself to.

Friday Feb 4 is American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women National Red Day in Style Campaine. Get out your red clothes and wear them with pride on Friday.

February 18 is the luncheon in NYC. Check this link for your local luncheon. http://www.goredforwomen.org/luncheons.aspx

February 9, 10-3pm NYU Medical Center’s Heart Health Fair, 550 1st Avenue, NYC

http://cvi.med.nyu.edu/news/news-archive/heart2011

Then there’s our Twitter Party #PrimeTimeRadiance on Heart Health. Learn the signs to look for (men’s signs vs women’s signs) and your risk.

RSVP Question: On a scale of 1-10, How much influence do emotions and difficult life circumstances have on heart health. (1 having the least influence, 10 having the most) Leave your answer on primetimeparenting.com

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