5 year Birthday

Happy 5th Birthday to us

Yes it was five years ago we opened our doors at the Trico Centre  (formerly the Family Leisure Centre) and we were featured by Global TV. It has been an amazing learning curve with our clinic.  It has been so much fun living our passion I look forward to growing this company to the next level, but first I would like to thank you, from the bottom of our heart. Everything that we have accomplished so far helping you prevent and reverse heart disease would never happen if it were not for you.

I believe the next 5 years is going to be so much fun and I look forward to taking you on this journey with us. Heart disease is frightening, but we are here to help you prevent and reverse heart disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of death and the #1 preventable disease. Our goal is to reduce heart disease worldwide and help people truly understand their risk so they can take the necessary steps to prevent and reverse heart disease.

Once again thank you for allowing us to be a part of your heart health. Have a happy heart month and remember we are here to help you live happier, healthier and longer.

To your heart health success,

Diamond Fernandes

Shaw TV Afib

Shaw TV features the Heart Fit Clinic Talking about Atrial Fibrillation Exercise Programs

Heart disease is frightening and it can happen to anyone. One of our patients is featured with Shaw TV discussing how important it is to get screened and start a clinically supervised exercise program.

To your heart health success,

Diamond Fernandes

Global with Mike

Global TV features the Heart Fit Clinic for the New Year

Heart disease is the number one cause of death and the number one preventable disease. You have to understand your risk as many people are unaware.
Check out Global TV featuring the Heart Fit Clinic last month.

To your heart health success,

Diamond Fernandes

Young Women Heart Attack

Young Women with Heart Attacks most likely to have NO Chest Pains

Women under 55 are more likely to have no chest pain when having a heart attack and also are more likely to have the highest risk of death from any heart attack group.  Dr John Canto (Lakeland Regional Medical Center, FL) is the head author of the recently published data in the Journal of the American Medical Association. They found that women are more likely to present without chest pain than men (42% vs 30%), but that this difference is more pronounced in younger women (under 55). The difference in symptoms at presentation between men and women declined with age, and in the older patients (over 75) there was little difference between the genders.

The second major finding of the study this February was that younger women having a heart attack have a higher death rate. “Younger women are not supposed to have an heart attack, but when do, they are at higher risk of death than the rest of the population,” Canto commented.

I think this goes to say that if young women are having heart attacks they just don’t know they are having a heart attack because of atypical symptoms. Therefore, this is the reason for higher death rates… they just don’t know!
It becomes so important to understand your risk of heart disease. The alternative is not fun to go through. Especially if you have high risk factors to heart disease which include family history of heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, physically inactive, or overweight. This is where a carotid IMT would help people understand their risk of heart disease and stroke.

To your heart health success,

Diamond Fernandes

Heart Attack Grill

Heart Attack while eating at the Heart Attack Grill

True news and headline in yesterday’s paper. Well let’s put it this way, I am NOT surprised. If you are heading for a heart attack you can stop it but not by going to a place that calls itself the Heart Attack Grill. This place has skimpy nurses as waitresses and call their clients patients. They put a patient robe on them and “patients” order a single, double, or triple bypass burger signifying the number of patties.

Many people who have heart attacks are then motivated to make a change to their heart health. Unfortunately, I see people who fall off track, which is normal, but again you can stop this heart attack. Heart disease is frightening and for this person, who I understand is recovering well, I hope this is enough to start to turn his life around.

You can check out the story here

In the meantime, keep up the good focus.

Diamond Fernandes

Regrow Blood Vessels

Regrow Blood Vessels Could be the Next Treatment for Heart Disease

Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the western world.  Is there really a treatment for heart disease or is it a band-aid. Researcher in University of Texas demonstrated a new and more effective method for regrowing blood vessels in the heart and limbs. This research has just been successful in rats but could this be the new form of treatment in humans with heart disease. Doctors could  bypass surgery all together and instead repair damaged blood vessels simply by injecting a lipid-incased substance into a patient. Once inside the body, the substance stimulates cell growth and spurs the growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones. Pretty cool.

This form of treatment has been tried before. “Others have tried using growth factors to stimulate vessel growth in clinical trials and have not been successful,” said Baker, a faculty member in the school’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. “We think that a major reason for this is that previous methods assumed that the diseased tissues retained the ability to respond to a growth stimulus. Our method basically delivers extra components that can restore growth factor responsiveness to the tissue of patients with long-standing clinical disease.”

Doctors have typically treated heart disease by physically opening the closed artery with a stent or bypass surgery rerouting blood flow to the poorly perfused tissue. Both these methods have limitations, however, and are not effective long-term as we do see many people with recurrent heart events. I know this can be reversed with lifestyle intervention and living heart healthy, however it would be great to see the University of Texas team be successful with regrowing blood vessels. I think we might be a little ways from this but it looks promising. I definitely see a political agenda to possibly stay as is. That is another story.

In the meantime, keep fit.

To your heart health success,

Diamond Fernandes

Valentine’s Day Hangover

Reverse Heart Disease cardiac rehabilitation programValentine’s Day Hangover

Chocolates, candy, indulgence in food and lots of love are what February is all about. But is all this good for the heart? February is Heart month, and heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death of men and women, yet it is the number one preventable disease. Neglect is responsible for cardiovascular disease being the number one killer.

It is six weeks in from our New Year’s resolutions. Somehow, Valentine’s Day seems to an excuse to forget about those previous goals of a heart healthy lifestyle. People may stray from their goals of a heart healthy lifestyle to indulge is extravagant meals and sweet treats. It can give a lot of people license to disregard their goals completely and resort back to old habits. There’s nothing like a gentle nudge or reminder at this point in the year to put you back on track. What better month than Heart month to do that.

Too many times individuals may be given a clean bill of health yet their risk of heart disease is still high. They visit thier family doctor’s office and and are told everything is ok. We can detect sub clinically what is going on inside the arterial walls. Too many times people leave their health in their doctor’s hands. People have to take responsibility for their health as the best heart attack is the one that never happens.

Take this time of the year to reassess where you are. What is working and what is not working. Then discuss why not or why it is. If you don’t have these check points in the year pretty soon it is months or years that go by where we neglect. Don’t worry what we did in the past or yesterday. Today is a new day and let’s get back on track.

I would like to wish everyone a happy heart month.
To your heart health success.

Diamond Fernandes

Happy Valentines Day. It’s your heart! Take care of it, love it.

Happy Valentines Day! Take care of your heart.

Yes it is Valentines day. Which is the reason why it is heart month. It is an important time to give your heart and help others but please dont forget your heart. You only have one heart. Take care of it. Love it because it is your only one.
Many times we focus on taking care of others, whether it be at work, family, or loved ones. And this is important but not at the expense of yourself. Neglecting your heart health is the #1 reason for heart attacks and strokes. Please take this time of the year to focus on your heart health. If you are not healthy how can you take care of others. Neglecting our health is easy to do, but it is also easy not to do. Just having healthy snacks, get out and walk, or take some deep breaths every hours is easy to do.
Take today to show your appreciation to others and also take a moment to show appreciation to yourself. Jot down one thing today how you will make a difference for your heart health. One disciplined action yields multiple rewards.
Have a Happy Valentines Day.

Diamond Fernandes

Reversing Heart Disease

Reversing Heart Disease – Carotid IMT

Shaw TV came in last month to do a piece on a couple of patients. Thank you very much to those patients who came in. Thier influence is allowing us to achieve our goal to prevent and reverse heart disease.
It is so important to know where you are. Here is a patient testimonial from Mike Gavreau. I hope those of you who are considering our assessment can have Mike show you the importance of knowing your risk.

To your success,

Heart Tests on the Other Side of the World

Heart Tested on the Other Side of the World

Cardiologists are now able to log on to their computers and are  ready to receive and review cardiac images from patients they themselves would never lay eyes on.  This is a  project going on inside India. A handful of echocardiographers were able to travel to India and obtain images to be uploaded to a cloud for cardiologists to view on the otherside of the world. The scans were uploaded from Sirsa to a secure “cloud,” then downloaded and read by volunteers around the globe.

It is great that great doctors are now able to view images from anywhere. Just having the ability to obtain good images from echocardiographers is important. This program in India is a funded program. It would be nice to have this program even accessible in remote parts of Canada as well as I know specialists are at a premium.

To your heart health success,

Diamond Fernandes