Heart Tests

Heart Tests for People with Heart Disease.

Yes it is important to get your heart tested. But it depends on your condition. If you have heart disease (heart attack, bypass surgery, or stent) then you have what we call coronary artery disease. The most important thing you can do is pay attention to your body and how you are feeling. Doctors and research is now stating that if they can control patients with medication this would be the best option, because having heart surgery may not prolong your life. I say it becomes super important to ensure that you are taking your daily dose of exercise, and ensure that you are eating your super foods.


The big question I get is then how often should I get tested and what tests should I have?
1. You should have a treadmill test every 1 to 2 years. It is non-invasive and free of radiation. This is to see  your fitness level and see how your heart responds to exercise via ECG.
2. You should have an echocardiogram of the heart to evaluate the structure and function of the heart every 1 to 2 years.


What about an angiogram?
Angiograms have a lot of radiation and will not be used to see how you are doing unless you are having symptoms. Yes they will be able to see the vessels but if you are not having any symptoms of heart disease then this is not a great option.


Electrocardiograms (ECGs) are good to have done but it is really not going to see as much as a stress test because it is just a one time snap shot of your heart.


More research is required but carotid IMT could be a great way to keep track of your disease process. I have personally seen patients with heart disease reverse their intima media layer by focusing on our preachings. This test would be done once a year. It is difficult to clinically prove this as it is difficult to find researching dollars.


To your heart health success,


Diamond Fernandes

Chocolate for your Heart?

Chocolate for your Heart Health?

Yes I know we hear lots that chocolate is healthy for your heart. This is not to say that I would recommend you go to your local corner store and start to load up on chocolate. The same thing goes for drinking. It is the dark chocolate, enriched with flavanoids, where studies have been showing the beneficial effects. The chocolate that you buy can be full of fat and calories that do not contact the high level of polyphenols. I think you will start to see chocolate companies marketing ” I am good for your heart” , do take a look at this. You can get polyphenols and flavanoids from lots of food sources and chocolate may not be your best choice. I don’t think a chocolate bar a day is going to be your answer, but do know that small amounts (dark chocolate) can be getting some heart health benefits. The studies that have been done on chocolate is in its purest form, not the ones we buy at the corner store. Always look at the fat ingredients and the calories.  However with that said. I do have a sweet tooth and sometimes it is important to get your fix in small amounts.

I personally have a hershey size kiss once in a while.

To your heart health success,

Diamond Fernandes

Neglect!

Don’t Neglect

 

In my career I have seen so many people with heart disease and who are trying to avoid a heart attack. The best heart attack is the one that never happens. We know this is the best one, but sometimes it happens anyway. 95% of the people around us are trying to push us to negative behaviours, be it friends, family or marketing. Every year, every quarter, every month, and every day we have to sit down and reassess where things are at. If we truly want to reverse heart disease it takes effort. It is like building a big company, buidling for retirement, buidling a house… it is small steps thats makes the big goals. Trust me it is worth it and I see it so much it is the reason we do what we do.

Ask yourself these questions daily and be honest with yourself.
 

Every Year:
Set your reason. Ask your why? Why do you want to reverse heart disease. Don’t just say I want to be healthy. Give yourself a reason. Eg. I want to play with my kids on the street after work daily.
Write down your goals?

Every Quarter:
Ask yourself what worked? If you are trying to lose weight you or reverse heart disease, maybe joining a gym or seeing the Heart Fit Clinic was working for you.
Ask yourself what didn’t work? Going out with your colleagues every friday after work made me want to start up smoking.
Ask yourself what could you have done differently? sometimes we just get lazy and start to follow someone elses advise. That is why you have to set your why.
Every Month:
Ask yourself, Are you where you want to be?
Are you on the right track?
It takes a little slip to get off track. NO worries it is easy to get back on track. Just got to FOCUS.

Everyday:
Review your goal and your reason why.

I love to hear your success stories.

To your heart health success,

Diamond Fernandes