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May is the national stroke awareness month. Heart disease and stroke make up two of the most common and deadly cardiovascular diseases in the United States – heart disease being the leading cause of death and stroke being the fifth leading cause. These diseases go hand-in-hand. Patients with underlying cardiac disease are the leading cause of stroke. Conditions like coronary artery disease, Atrial fibrillation, irregular heart rhythm, patent foramen ovale, aortic aneurysms, and other sources of cardiac emboli along with poorly controlled hypertension cause the highest number of strokes. Likewise, patients who have suffered a stroke commonly have underlying heart disease. Fortunately, both diseases have similar modifiable risk factors that can be prevented through adequate screening, education, and early treatment. Here at Apex Heart and Vascular Care, we not only focus on the treatment of heart disease and stroke but its prevention as well.  

A Note From Dr. Anuj Shah

Coming into spring and also a growing number of vaccinated people in the US, I am torn between excitement and sorrow. I feel excited both for warmer weather and an end in sight for this horrible pandemic in the US.
        However, as someone who is from India, it is hard for all of these changes here in the US to feel completely amazing. The recent news about medical shortages and rising cases of COVID throughout India has been heavy on my mind lately. The pandemic is a global affair and we can truly not be rid of it until we are all vaccinated.                                                                                                    Nonetheless, this bitter is certainly mixed with sweet. The ability to go on my daily runs, do yoga outside, and possibly even sign up for a 5k in the near future certainly feels like a luxury at this point. I hope you all are staying safe and enjoying the warm spring weather.                                                                

Anuj Shah, Director of Apex Heart and Vascular

Latest Health News

⚕️For Young Stroke Survivors, A Long and Uncertain Future Forbes
⚕️These Sisters With Sickle Cell Had Devastating and Preventable, Strokes — New York Times
⚕️A Penn Doctor Won Two Film Festival Awards for His Movie About Strokes — PhillyMag
⚕️CDC is Investigating Heart Problems in a Few Young Covid-19 Vaccine Recipients The New York Times
⚕️Fat Around Your Heart Is Especially Deadly MedicineNet
⚕️Two Pandemics Clash as Doctors Find That Covid Spurs Diabetes — Bloomberg

Dr. Shah on LinkedIn and Doximity

Be sure to connect with Doctor Shah on LinkedIn and Doximity. We love using Social Media to connect and offer news about Apex! You can find Doctor Shah's LinkedIn here and his Doximity here

Stroke Awareness: Act F.A.ST.

Image from the American Heart Association
Not sure how to spot a stroke? Scared you won't remember even if you spend a million years on Google? Well, the American Heart Association understands and has created the acronym F.A.S.T. to help people recognize a stroke during the most critical time; as it happening and right after. 

While face drooping, arm weakness, and speech difficulty are the three most definitive signs of stroke, other symptoms can also include:
  • Weakness or numbness of the legs
  • Confusion or difficulty understanding 
  • Trouble seeing with both eyes
  • Inability to walk or balance 
  • Sporadic yet severe headache

Stroke Survivor Stories: Prince Quire

Strokes can occur in a huge variety of people. Even people who may not know it. Factors like diet, weight, giving birth, and genetic predispositions to high cholesterol often go under the radar when it comes to. thinking about stroke prevention. 
Take Prince Quire for example. In most ways, he lived a healthy and regular life. At 39 years old with no known signs of stroke vulnerability, he wasn't on high alert. 
However, one morning after exercising, he had a stroke. Prince had uncontrolled high blood pressure and he didn't even know it. If he had gone to the doctor and gotten a check-up, his stroke could have been entirely prevented. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to preventing strokes. Stroke prevention, among other concerns, is why we encourage you to come in for a checkup regularly. 
If you would like to read more stories like Prince's, head over to this excellent series compiled by the CDC. 
Read More Stroke Survivor Stories Now

From The Apex Blog: Diabetes Complications

What other problems can people with diabetes have? What are the complications of diabetes and what complications can diabetes lead to?              The long-term effects of diabetes impact every organ in the body. 
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Patient Testimonial: After 7 Years, Robert Can Wear Shorts Again!

Happy Memorial Day

We honor our nation's heroes today and keep those who gave the ultimate sacrifice close to our hearts. Please stay happy, safe, and healthy this holiday! 
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