A collection of some of my published works as well as a few interviews I’ve had the pleasure to give since receiving my degree and license in cardiology and internal medicine.
Disarming a Heartless Killer: How to Outsmart Cardiovascular Disease Before It Strikes
The country’s deadliest threat affects both men and women, strikes us where we’re most vulnerable, and is all too often left untreated. Now, with the right information and state-of-the-art technology, it’s time to fight back.
By Melissa C. Navia
Time is everything in the ER. Precious seconds once taken for granted can now mean the difference between life and death. Often cold, always stressful, it is the last place anyone wants to be taken, but the first place to run to when emergency hits. The urgency of the ER is palpable: A gurney is rushed down the hallway. On it lies a 42-year-old man, terrified and helpless. He has just experienced a massive heart attack. Doctors in white coats scramble to catch up and surround him. Thoughts of his wife, his children, and his job cloud his head. The gurney slows to a halt, and he looks up at the doctor now standing next to him. “Am I going to die?” he asks, eyes wide and pleading. The doctor knows he doesn’t have an answer. He sees this same scene play out, as if scripted, every day. Another heart attack, another case of untreated symptoms, another person caught completely off guard. He looks back at the patient and says, “I’ll do my best.” But he knows that anything he does now cannot compare to what the man could have done on his own years before. In the ER, the past becomes irrelevant. They go into the operating room, the doors shut, and everyone waits.
The Loss of Young Healthy Athletes
It was rumored that a young college basketball player was a potential top pick in the professional basketball draft, but during a game midseason, he experienced arrhythmias (irregular rhythms of the heart beating). After the symptoms occurred, he was immediately removed from the game and was treated. Tragically, three months later, during a tournament, he collapsed and died. What was the cause of death? Sudden cardiac arrest. Statistics do show that this condition is rare, but what is cardiac arrest? And why has sudden cardiac arrest taken the lives of such strong, fit athletes?
In its simplest terms sudden cardiac arrest usually results from an abrupt loss of heart function. Sudden cardiac arrest can occur in anyone and especially athletes with preexisting heart conditions. The athlete may or may not have diagnosed heart disease. The time and mode of death are unexpected, usually occurring minutes after symptoms happen.
Heart and Health
By David Kavesteen, M.D. FACC
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women. There are a few risk factors that could increase of developing heart diseases – they are Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Smoking, Obesity, and Family History of heart disease/ Genetic Make Up. Although some risk factors are unavoidable, such as your age or family blueprint, there are many ways you can prevent heart disease. Adhering to a healthy lifestyle can definitely decrease your chances of future heart disease.
Hypertension is most commonly known as high blood pressure. Though it is one of the major causes of cardiovascular disease, it is often called “the silent killer” because it rarely gives rise to physical symptoms. A healthy adult has a blood pressure of about 120/80. A patient is considered to have high blood pressure if it is consistently measured to be 140/90 or higher. High blood pressure causes the heart to work harder in order to pump blood to the rest of the body. Thus, it is the leading cause of stroke and the major cause of heart attack.