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Dr. Warren Israel Discusses Hardening of the Arteries

Posted Feb 21 2013 6:00am

When a group of people gathered recently at LifeBridge Health & Fitness to hear a heart to heart talk about hardening of the arteries, they probably didn’t expect to learn about a connection with spaghetti, but that’s exactly what they got.

During an interesting lecture filled with easy-to-understand comparisons, Warren Israel, M.D., of LifeBridge Health and Woodholme Cardiovascular Associates , explained that a person’s coronary arteries are about the size of spaghetti strands.

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He also told listeners to think of their blood as a car and their coronary arteries as the road. When an artery becomes blocked with plaque or a clot, it’s like rush hour…everything is stalled and nothing gets through.The difference, though, is while a traffic jam is annoying, it’s not harmful- unlike a blockage to the heart, which can cause a heart attack, stroke or even death.

Dr. Israel went on to explain that there’s bad news when it comes to some risk factors that no one can do anything about, such as age, family history or gender.

However, there’s a lot of good news too because each of us has the power to minimize other risks of developing heart disease.Among the things we can do are eat a heart healthy diet, stop smoking, keep diabetes in check, be physically active, maintain a healthy weight, keep our cholesterol and blood pressure at normal levels and if, prescribed, take medicine.

Dr. Israel also explained how a healthy diet doesn’t have to be bland. Along with vegetables and fish, spices, some dark chocolate and nuts can also be included- as well as other delicious and nutritious foods. He also said that exercise doesn’t just have to be a treadmill because gardening can also be effective, as well rowing.

Early detection can be key to preventing heart challenges. Dr. Israel talked about a variety of tests that can be done.

For more information about hardening of the arteries or other heart disease, call 410-601-WELL (9355) or http://www.lifebridgehealth.org/

-Helene King

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