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Cardiac Solutions: The Dangers of Mindless Eating

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Mindless eating is consuming food just because it’s there. It’s eating while distracted, such as watching TV, working at a computer or texting on our smartphones. It’s eating for emotional comfort instead of for hunger. Simply put, it’s not paying attention to what we eat which can lead to being overweight and even obesity

Awareness
When you pay attention to what you’re eating, you can make small changes that make a big difference. Here are some tips toward a more mindful approach:

  • Control portions - Especially during the holidays, know that you’ll have more opportunities to eat festive snacks and desserts. You don’t have to deprive yourself, just eat smaller portions and less often.
  • Eat -  when you’re hungry. Just because the clock says noon doesn’t mean you have to eat. If you’re not hungry, wait until you are – just don’t wait until you’re famished because you might overeat. Also, don’t eat just because the food is available. Learn more about why you might be eating when not hungry.
  • Plan - Prepare healthy snacks throughout the day. If you tend to get hungry between meals, bring along a 200-calorie, whole grain, high-fiber snack. Fiber keeps you feeling full longer. Learn how a little planning helps your heart, and your budget.
  • Slow down - Enjoy each bite and put your fork down while chewing, then take a drink between each bite. This gives your body enough time to trigger your brain that you are satisfied (not necessarily full).
  • Pay attention -  Do not eat in front of the TV or computer, or while standing in the kitchen or talking on the phone. When you do these things, you’re more likely to lose track of how much you’ve eaten.
  • Use technology -  As we continue to become increasingly distracted by modern technology, our focus on health can fall to the back burner. But it doesn’t have to be that way. “We can actually use our smartphones and other electronic devices to help us,” said Platt, a volunteer with the American Heart Association. “There are now apps that manage food records, count calories, help you track what you eat and even provide guidance on healthy food choices at the grocery store and restaurants."
  • Keep a Food Diary -  Write down everything you eat, look at it, then identify why you ate it – was it hunger, stress, boredom? Then look for areas you can make adjustments and incorporate healthy changes. “Keeping a food diary is really key to awareness,” Platt said. “Most people are surprised at all they’ve consumed when they review what they’ve eaten.”

The employees at Cardiac Solutions love the application "Lose It!" Check it out at their website today.



Why Ongoing Care Is Ideal for Cardiac Conditions

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Many doctors specialize in certain fields of medicine in order to provide the best care possible to patients. Cardiology is a specialized branch of medicine which focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating heart disorders. Cardiologists often provide a number of treatment methods for cardiac conditions including medications, non-invasive clinical programs, and surgical procedures such as interventional stents and angiograms. However, cardiac care for individuals with certain heart conditions shouldn’t necessarily end once treatment is over. Here is a look at why ongoing care is crucial for individuals with cardiac conditions:

Decreases Risk of Future Complications
In addition to ensuring successful treatment for existing conditions, ongoing cardiac care decreases the risk of additional health complications. For example, the heart begins to heal soon after suffering a heart attack but will often develop scar tissue, interfering with its ability to pump blood as effectively and increasing the risk of angina. Additionally, most individuals who survive heart attacks develop some degree of coronary artery diseases later in life. Visiting your cardiologist on a regular basis and participating in personalized outreach programs can help decrease your risk for such complications down the road.

Improves Quality of Life
Ongoing cardiac care not only decreases your risk for further health complications, but also helps identify problems during the early developmental stages. In this way, ongoing cardiac care can treat conditions before they become a problem, ultimately increasing your longevity and overall quality of life.

Cardiac Solutions is recognized as a leading provider in quality cardiac care. Our team-oriented, personalized approach ensures that we are able to provide you with the treatment you need for all of your cardiac conditions. Get on the road to a healthier heart by visiting our website or giving us a call at (623) 876-8816. You can also set up an appointment with our heart doctors by visiting our Phoenix-area heart center.



A Very Merry Cardiac Solutions Christmas!

Cardiac Solutions - Full Care Center Christmas Presents

Cardiac Solutions wanted to make sure children of ALL ages had the opportunity to experience Christmas this year! So we've adopted a local Full Care Center and will be shipping these wonderful gifts to them first thing tomorrow.

Seniors are sometimes forgotten this wonderful time of year and we wanted to make sure they enjoyed all this blessed season has to offer.


Start Exercising to Support Your Heart

Regular physical activity can help prevent heart disease before it starts. Unfortunately, surveys by the American Heart Association show that fewer than two out of every 10 individuals are actually getting the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week.

This video provides a number of tips on how you can exercise for a healthier heart. Starting an exercise routine is not always an easy task, but you can help boost your heart health by participating in moderate physical activity for 30 minutes a day, five days per week. Consider walking, jogging, swimming, yoga, or anything else that helps increase your heart rate. If you are not on a regular exercise routine or have not exercised before, please consult your physician before starting an exercise program.

Make sure you are protecting your heart health by contacting the heart doctors at Cardiac Solutions. You can learn more by visiting us online or calling us at (623) 876-8816. 

 



What Is a Renal Angiogram?

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A renal angiogram, or renal angiography, is a diagnostic test which uses x-ray technology to create an image of the blood vessels within the kidneys. Your cardiologist may recommend a renal angiogram in order to assess your risk for vascular conditions, monitor treatment efficacy, or track the progression of a current condition.

Uses
Renal angiograms are used to assess blood flow to the kidneys and can be used to identify several different types of vascular abnormalities. This includes stenosis, vasospasm or spasm of the blood vessels, aneurysms, and blood clots within the blood vessels. Renal angiograms can also be used to show signs of occlusion or blood vessel blockage, high blood pressure in the kidneys, and arteriovenous malformation.

Procedure
After being positioned on an x-ray table, your cardiologist will insert an IV into your arm or hand and connect you to an EKG monitor using small adhesive electrodes. Once your skin has been cleansed and injected with a local anesthetic, a small needle is inserted into an artery in your groin or elbow. A catheter is then inserted and navigated towards the aorta near the renal arteries using fluoroscopy guidance. Contrast dye is injected to make the blood vessels apparent before a series of x-rays are taken. The catheter is then withdrawn while the insertion site is cleansed and dressed.

Recovery
The procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that you will be released home after a recovery period. It is important to drink plenty of fluids to help flush the remaining contrast dye out of your system and keep yourself hydrated. You will also want to get as much rest as possible and avoid strenuous activities for the first day or two.

Get the information you need regarding renal angiograms and cardiac care by contacting Cardiac Solutions at (623) 876-8816. Our cardiologists serve the Phoenix area and provide quality care to all of our patients.  


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