January/February 2014 Download the PDF version WVU Heart Institute Your Heart Deserves The Best Care February is American Heart Month and a perfect time to adopt ways to stay heart healthy. While heart disease is often thought of as a “man’s disease,” around the same number of men and women die from it every year. Many people aren’t aware that heart disease is the number one killer for women and that it is more deadly than all types of cancer combined. Every 90 seconds, a woman in the United States has a heart attack. While chest pain or discomfort is the most common heart attack symptom for women and men, women having a heart attack may also have less obvious warning signs. Sometimes women will dismiss these symptoms as stress or feeling under the weather, which can put their lives in danger. Common Heart Attack Symptoms For Women: Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, or pain in the chest Sharp upper body pain in the arm(s), back, neck, or jaw Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort Cold sweats (not hot flashes from menopause) Unfamiliar or unexplained nausea, dizziness or light-headedness Unusual or unexplained fatigue The good news is, if you seek medical help within an hour of when symptoms begin, treatment can help save your life. Factors that put women at increased risk for having heart disease include having diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol, and smoking. If you have had a pervious heart attack or stroke, then you are also at higher risk. Staying healthy is an important step in fighting heart disease: Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke Keep an eye on your blood pressure, cholesterol and weight Eat smart and exercise For more information on prevention and treatment of heart disease, visit wvuheart.com. Phone: 1-877-WVU-4HRT (1-877-988-4478) 600 Suncrest Drive, Morgantown The WVU Heart Institute in Morgantown is operated by WVU Hospitals. Make this year a healthy one! Keep up to date with recommended health screenings. WOMEN’S HEALTH SCREENINGS 40s… Breast: Have a breast exam and a mammogram every year. If you are at higher risk for breast cancer, ask your doctor about additional tests. Cervical Cancer: Have a pap test every 3 years. Cholesterol: Women over 44 should be checked every five years. Women with certain health conditions should be monitored more frequently. Blood Pressure: Check every 2 years. Women with high blood pressure or certain health conditions will need to be monitored more frequently. 50s… Colon Cancer: Start testing at age 50. Talk to your doctor about your testing options and how frequently tests should be done. If you have a family history or other factors that put you at a higher risk, you may need to begin testing sooner. 65+… Cervical Cancer: No testing is needed if you’ve had regular cancer testing with normal results. However, if you have a history of cervical pre-cancer, continue to get routine pap tests. MEN’S HEALTH SCREENINGS 30s… Cholesterol: Men over 34 should be checked every five years. Men with certain health conditions should be monitored more frequently. 40s… Blood Pressure: Check every 2 years. Men with high blood pressure or certain health conditions will need to be monitored more frequently. 50s… Prostate Cancer: Talk to your doctor about yearly testing to decide if you want to be tested. Men at higher risk for prostate cancer may need to begin testing sooner. Colon Cancer: Start testing at age 50. Talk to your doctor about your testing options and how frequently tests should be done. 65+… Prostate & Colon Cancer: Talk to your doctor about testing options to decide This is not a comprehensive list, talk to your doctor to make a plan that’s right for you. Need a primary care provider? Click to learn more about our primary care locations. Lung Cancer Screenings can Help Detect Cancer Earlier If you’re a smoker, hopefully you’ve made a resolution to quit in 2014. If you have smoked for a long period of time, you may be at risk for lung cancer. Ruby Memorial Hospital Pulmonology specialist, John (Jack) Parker, MD, provides answers to some commonly asked questions about lung cancer screenings. Q SHOULD I GET SCREENED? Last year, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its recommendation that patients at high risk for lung cancer receive annual low-dose CT scans. WVU Healthcare offers a lung cancer screening program for patients 55 to 80 years old who are active smokers with at least a 30 pack-year history or have quit smoking within the past 15 years. (Pack years are calculated by multiplying the number of packs per day smoked by the number of years smoked.) Q HOW EFFECTIVE IS LUNG CANCER SCREENING? Effective screening has played a critical role in catching lung cancer in the early stages, which has led to a 20 percent increase in survivability. Still, smokers cannot solely rely on screenings to save their life, which is why the WVU Healthcare Lung Cancer Screening Program also offers smoking cessation counseling in addition to the CT scan. Q WILL INSURANCE COVER MY SCREENING? At the moment, lung cancer screenings are not a covered cost; patients are charged a $99 fee. Our hope is that insurance companies will follow evidence-based guidelines and make lung cancer screening for high-risk patients a covered benefit. Q WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I WANT TO BE SCREENED? Patients interested in the WVU Healthcare Lung Cancer Screening Program should first contact their primary care physician. Once the physician has ordered the screening, patients can call 855-WVU-LUNG option 1 for an appointment time. Operated by WVU Hospitals WVU Healthcare Patient Stories Herman Reid was napping peacefully on his couch when he was startled awake by a crushing feeling in his chest. He began having trouble breathing. The retired police officer knew he was experiencing a heart attack. He also knew he needed immediate emergency care. He was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital, with not a minute to spare. As Herman recalls, as soon as he was in the emergency room, he collapsed unconscious on a gurney. The hospital staff responded immediately with CPR and other live saving procedures, and the next thing Herman knew, he was waking up in the Cath lab. Herman was diagnosed with having a total blockage in his “widow maker” artery. His physician, Dr. Bradford Warden, says only two percent of people with that condition usually survive a cardiac episode. Dr. Warden put stents into Herman’s arteries and five days later, Herman was able to leave the hospital. “If I had a chance to live, I knew I needed to be at Ruby,” he said. “Nothing makes you appreciate life than almost losing it.” Two months after his heart attack, Herman was able to witness the birth of his granddaughter. He says he was able to be there for the momentous occasion because of WVU Hospitals. “I think of all the things I might have missed. I was dead. I was in full cardiac arrest and they brought me back,” Herman said. “I knew I was in trouble but I knew I was in the best hands. Between WVU staff and God, I couldn’t ask for any more. They didn’t give up on me.” Click to watch an interview with Herman. Start 2014 with a healthy smile! Looking for a dental specialist? Consider the experts at WVU Dental Care. Our faculty and graduate dentists offer WVU excellence and the most advanced procedures and technologies—in brand new offices. Our 27,000-square-foot facility is conveniently located in the Suncrest Towne Centre with plenty of free parking at the door. Our dental group offers expertise in: Dental implants Orthodontics Endodontics Periodontics Prosthodontics General dentistry To make an appointment, call 304-293-5831 Operated by West Virginia University Dental Corporation Your WVU Healthcare Appointment For your convenience, WVU Healthcare now offers a text messaging service to remind you of your upcoming appointments with us. You will receive a text message 7 days before your scheduled visit. You can opt-out at any time. 1. Provide your cell phone number at registration 2. Text WVUHC to 622622 Message and data rates may apply. Text HELP to 622622 to receive help, STOP to 622622 to opt-out. Visit txt.tvox.com for more info. ............................................................................................................. A Request to All WVU Healthcare Patients: We understand there may be times when you are not able to keep your scheduled WVU Healthcare appointment. Please notify us as far in advance as possible if you need to cancel. This will allow us to offer that appointment time to another patient who may be waiting. Please call 304-598-4800 to change your appointment. FREE Health Screenings Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014 Time: 8 am to 1 pm Location: WVU Heart Institute 600 Suncrest Towne Centre Morgantown, WV wvuheart.com Screenings include: Blood pressure Glucose/cholesterol (fasting is not required) EKG, carotid doppler Body fat analysis AHA Risk Assessment Also available: Nutrition Oral health Exercise education Resource counseling Personal pharmacy consultations (Please bring a list of your medications and supplements.) Click to visit the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. WVU Healthcare is a local sponsor of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women. The WVU Heart Institute is operated by WVU Hospitals. WVU Healthcare is Hiring New Year, New Career If you made a resolution to find a better job in 2014, check out the great career opportunities available now at WVU Healthcare. Our organization is expanding to better serve our patients and we’re looking for great employees to join our team. Click to visit the Careers page. Excellent benefits, a focus on family, and opportunities for growth are just a few of the reasons we’re a great place to work.