Fighting one of our nation's biggest health threatsAppeared in Smart Business Orange County | September 2010
Every 20 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a heart attack. Heart attacks, the most common sign of heart disease, strike 1.1 million people annually. More than 40 percent of them will die. Human costs of heart disease are compounded by financial costs of $260 billion annually, including health care services, medications and lost productivity.
Executives are particularly susceptible. Stress, inactivity, lack of proper nutrition, avoidance of doctor visits and being “just too busy” to adopt healthy lifestyles make heart disease a serious problem among management and staff.
Smart Business recently spoke with David Perkowski, M.D., cardiac surgeon at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, and Steven Schiff, M.D., cardiologist and medical director of invasive cardiovascular services at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, to learn more.
How can we prevent heart disease?
What are the symptoms of a heart attack?
How are women affected?
What expertise is available in Orange County?
We are among a few designated cardiac paramedic receiving centers in Orange County with emergency treatment times that beat the national average. Orange Coast Memorial’s Hybrid Cardiovascular Interventional Suite — the first in the county and one of only a few in the U.S. — is designed for open heart surgery and interventional procedures, or possibly a combination of both in one suite.
Saddleback Memorial is a pioneer in beating heart surgery, a way to perform surgery without stopping the heart, which can result in better preservation of heart function, reduced hospital stay and quicker recovery.
How can we help create a healthy workplace?
Where do we start?
MemorialCare Health System facilities can offer your company health education and prevention programs at your worksite or other convenient locations as well as comprehensive heart evaluations and executive physicals.
David Perkowski, M.D., is a cardiac surgeon at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. Steven Schiff, M.D., is a cardiologist and medical director of invasive cardiovascular services at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. The not-for-profit MemorialCare Health System includes Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills and San Clemente. For additional information on excellence in health care, please visit memorialcare.org.
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