Resources for Heart Health

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Heart disease has long been a major health problem in America, but that doesn’t mean you or your family have to accept it as your destiny. There is a lot of good news out there about heart health, and a lot you can do to avoid the leading risk factors associated with heart conditions.

Over the past 35 years, age-adjusted mortality from cardiovascular disease has declined 50 percent. This marked reduction reflects advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of many of the most common cardiovascular conditions. Thanks to the development of new medications and procedures to address heart-related issues, the reduction in cardiovascular deaths has become one of the great success stories of modern medicine. There are many types of cardiovascular disease, from atherosclerosis to atrial fibrillation to heart failure to stroke. And over the past few decades, scientists and doctors have invented, formulated and developed a host of new approaches to prevent and treat these and other heart-related conditions.

A full range of healthcare for your heart is available right here in Greater Binghamton. Every year our heart program becomes more sophisticated, adding new diagnostic tools and treatment options that can prolong life — and improve the quality of life — for many patients. Recent advances in interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery have included the use of drug-coated stents, implantable defibrillators and beating-heart surgery, along with improvements in echocardiography, or ultrasound, for a clearer picture of heart function.

UHS also maintains an anticoagulation clinic, which uses the latest medications to help patients maintain a healthy blood flow. Additionally, our Chest Pain Center specializes in comprehensively evaluating, diagnosing and treating patients who come to the emergency room with borderline symptoms and who may be on the verge of heart attacks.

In fact, our work has been recognized by the American Heart Association, which has presented us with the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for meeting the highest standards of treatment for heart-failure patients.

But we’re just as proud of our leadership position in giving you the edge you need to prevent cardiovascular disease in the first place. Through Stay Healthy at the Oakdale Mall, this website, and the pages of the magazine along with its companion website, you can learn the steps you can take to maintain the best possible heart health for a lifetime. Most of these you already know, but they bear repeating: Don’t smoke or use tobacco, exercise for 30 minutes most days of the week, eat a heart-healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight and get regular health screenings.

So stay in touch with all of the information available to you today regarding cardiovascular fitness, and remember that, by taking a few important steps and accessing the resources of your heart care provider, you can do all that is possible to be a picture of health.

Matthew J. Salanger
President and CEO of UHS