Article has no nextliveshere tags assigned

Article has no topics tags assigned

Article has no colleges tags assigned

Description is empty

Article has no audiences tags assigned

Article has no units tags assigned

Contacts are empty

These messages will display in edit mode only.

Exercise, eat healthy, take your meds and prevent heart disease

One in every four deaths or 610,000 fatalities annually is the result of heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Combating this deadly foe is best accomplished with stronger preventive measures, says a University of Cincinnati College of Medicine physician-educator.

Umara Raza, MD, an assistant professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Health Disease, says awareness of the dangers of heart disease remains a problem, it’s the leading cause of death for men and women, but not everyone recognizes the danger.

“With such a huge risk, one should be taking possible steps to prevent that problem from happening,” says Raza, a UC Health cardiologist, who sees patients primarily at West Chester Hospital but also at University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center. “I think the biggest thing we need to know is the risk factors for heart disease.”

Raza, also a member of the UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute, offers advice as the nation recognizes February as American Heart Month. She is a supporter of the Go Red for Women Initiative to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease among women.

The risk factors for heart disease include “all the things we know are bad for us” such as:

  • Smoking
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity/Being Overweight
  • Inactivity

And one more risk factor, says Raza: aging.

“We all want to live longer, but as we age, we have to be even more proactive in focusing on our health and having positive things in our daily lives, for example exercising, eating healthy, and if we do have a health problem, taking care of that by taking medications as directed,” explains Raza.

Learn more at UCHealth.com.

Photos by Colleen Kelley/AHC

Related Stories

UC researcher collaborates in gene-editing study in HIV patients

Wed, August 14, 2019

Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine at the UC College of Medicine, is the local principal investigator on a study called TRAILBLAZER, which stands for T-Cell Reinfusion After Interfering With Lymphocyte Binding Location of AIDS Virus Through Zinc-finger-nuclease Elimination of CCR5 Receptors. The study will pinpoint and alter a specific gene in people with HIV. The hope is that process will lower the amount of HIV in the person’s body, and could possibly lead to the development of a cure for HIV.

White coats and words of wisdom for new UC medical students

Tue, August 13, 2019

CINCINNATI—Stay curious. Remain humble. Never forget that wearing the White Coat is a privilege. A wise sage offered this advice to new medical students during the 24th annual White Coat Ceremony held by the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine Aug. 9 at Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati. “I highly recommend pursuing what makes you curious,” said Tiffiny Diers, MD, associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. “Whether it is in what you are studying, in a patient story or career opportunities that come your way, curiosity and exploration yield discovery.” “The expansion of your own knowledge, what you can bring to your patients, and ultimately to our field, these are also antidotes to burnout in a challenging profession helping you to maintain a sense of meaning and engagement in your work,” said Diers. Diers, associate program director for the UC Internal Medicine Residency Program and a UC Health physician, offered the keynote address at the White Coat Ceremony. Her message was aimed at one of UC’s largest medical classes in recent years, and the most racially and ethnically diverse ever. The College of Medicine welcomed 185 newly admitted medical students during the ceremony. Each member of the class of 2023 was presented with a white coat symbolizing entry into the medical profession. UC College of Medicine alumni, faculty and staff provided the coats as a gift. The white coat is also a symbol of the patients the students will treat and the compassion, honesty and caring to which the students should always aspire. College of Medicine Interim Dean Andrew Filak Jr., MD, and UC President Neville Pinto also offered welcoming remarks to the class. “President Pinto has dubbed the university’s strategic direction ‘Next Lives Here’,” explained Filak. “Powered by knowledge, ideas and minds, Next Lives Here amplifies our core missions of teaching, research and service—from preparing faculty to teach tomorrow to pioneering the next cure to solving human-centered problems in the far corners of the globe. It is a culture that is owned, not rented and it is changing the way we live, work and learn. You are what is ‘Next’ for the College of Medicine. Our next class, our next generation of physicians, our next medical leaders who will impact the world.”

Debug Query for this