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Tackling coronary heart disease through advanced approaches to prevention and treatmentAppeared in Smart Business Orange County | February 2012
There’s great hope on the coronary heart disease front with more options for diagnosis, treatment and recovery than ever before. Two-thirds of adults survive the disease — 27 percent higher than a decade ago — and impressive new technologies and techniques show tremendous promise.
Progress is impressive and risk factors well known, yet more Americans continue to die from coronary heart disease than any disease. While hereditary factors play a role, unhealthy lifestyle choices remain a significant culprit.
To learn more, Smart Business turned to Steven Schiff, M.D., prominent cardiologist and medical director of invasive cardiology at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center; and David Perkowski, M.D., the medical director of cardiac surgery at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, who pioneered and has performed over 1,500 ‘beating heart’ surgeries.
How do heart attack symptoms vary among men and women?
What risk factors are most prevalent?
How can health risks be lowered?
What advances are available locally?
Orange Coast Memorial is the area’s first hospital, and only a handful in the U.S., with a Hybrid Cardiovascular Interventional Suite. This advanced approach to heart care allows cardiac specialists to provide interventional treatments and surgery in one suite, reducing procedure time and stress on patients. We also offer angiography, angioplasty, bypass surgery or combinations of these in the Hybrid Suite. Our da Vinci robotic system offers breakthrough minimally invasive capabilities with greater surgical benefits.
Saddleback Memorial is a pioneer in off pump coronary artery bypass surgery, or ‘beating heart’ surgery, that is performed without stopping the heart, resulting in better preservation of heart function, reduced hospital stays and quick recoveries. We received American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure Gold Performance Award, honoring our attaining stringent guidelines for treating heart failure. Advances continue with a center that is dedicated to managing heart disease and other chronic conditions.
How can we create a healthier workplace?
Memorialcare.com offers tools that help evaluate medical risks and health guides outlining heart attack symptoms, heart-healthy eating and women’s wellness. Our hospitals offer prevention programs and heart evaluations at worksites and other convenient locations.
Steven Schiff, M.D., is a cardiologist and medical director of invasive cardiology at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. David Perkowski, M.D., is medical director of cardiac surgery at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. The not-for-profit MemorialCare Health System includes Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, Community 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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