Almost every lifestyle change people resolved to make this month – quitting smoking, dieting, exercising – have one body part in common: the heart.
Although we tend to forget it’s there ticking away in our chest until we dash up a flight of stairs or feel a surge of adrenaline in a scary situation, the heart is an amazing muscle that contracts and expands more than 100,000 times a day and pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through the body to power bodily functions and performance.
Despite its importance, Americans still struggle with keeping their hearts healthy. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in this country, with someone dying from it every 37 seconds.
“The health of the heart impacts every aspect of human life,” explains Chester M. Hedgepeth III, MD, PhD, executive chief of cardiology at Care New England. “It’s as important as ever that people take the appropriate steps to keep their hearts healthy and powering the entire body.”
With that in mind, make this the year you put good heart healthy habits into practice. Start by adding a regular exercise routine into your day, including fruits, vegetables, grains and omega 3 oils into your daily diet and if you’re a smoker, join a smoking cessation program or talk with your doctor about other options to quit smoking.
Brigham and Women’s Cardiovascular Associates at Kent Hospital offers a wide variety of cardiology services for the community, including access to specialized cardiac patient care units and state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratories. In addition, Kent offers a wide range of electrophysiology services including cardiac ablations (this procedure is used to treat abnormally rapid heart rates), pacemaker/defibrillator placement, and cardiac resynchronization therapy device placement.
“At Kent, we also offer a full range of cardiac stress tests and, to achieve the highest level of care for our community, we have assembled a specialized team of cardiovascular nurses and technologists,” Dr. Hedgepeth notes. “With the combination of resources on site at Kent and with our affiliation with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we are able to coordinate the care of the most complex cardiac issues.”