February is Women’s Heart Health Month

February 21, 2017

Take Care of Your Health

Heart disease and stroke are the number one killers of women in the United States. February is Go Red for Women Month which was started in 2004 by the American Heart Association to empower women to take charge of their own health and decrease their risks.

Know Your Numbers

You probably have many numbers in your head: phone numbers, social security numbers, password numbers. But, do you know the most critical numbers for your heart health? It could save your life.

This month Go Red for Women is encouraging women to schedule a visit with their physician to learn their heart health numbers including Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index and assess their risk for heart disease and stroke.

At the Integrative Medicine Clinic of Arizona we not only assess those basic numbers, but also dive deeper to discover your genetic predisposition, nutrient, inflammation and stress levels that put you at risk for heart disease and stroke. For example, Dr. Dersam utilizes advanced lab testing to investigate your levels of inflammatory cholesterol particles that form unstable plaques in your blood vessels. These unstable plaques are more likely to break away and form clots in your heart – to cause a heart attack or to your brain – to cause a stroke.

When you are informed you can make educated changes for the better.  We also work with each patient to design a program for better health that includes an evaluation by a Dietician to help you improve your diet, access to a Health Coach who will help you design and achieve an exercise and stress reduction plan and an Acupuncturist who will help you to balance your energies, alleviate stress, pain and anxiety.

Make an appointment today so you can not only ‘Know Your Numbers’, but forge a plan to keep those numbers in the best possible range and reduce your personal risk for heart disease and stroke.

Call us today at (480)766-3586

Warning Signs for Heart Attack

  1. Pain, squeezing, fullness or pressure in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back
  2. Pain in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  4. Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness – women are more likely than men to experience these types of symptoms associated with a heart attack
  5. If you have any or all of these signs, call 9-1-1 and get to an Emergency Department right away

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