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HonorHealth: Your heart is unique — your plan to keep it healthy should be, too!

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Above are cardiology experts at HonorHealth — Nikhil Iyengar, MD, and Mia Chorney, DNP — who offer insights into how heart health is a unique situation for all humans looking to maintain his or her health as they age. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress)

HonorHealth doctors offer expert advice on heart health for you and yours

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We know the basics of keeping our hearts healthy – eat nutritiously, stay active and schedule yearly physicals, and if you don’t feel right, talk with your doctor. But it’s not always one size fits all.

Because every person is unique, the Digital Free Press sat down with Nikhil Iyengar, MD, and Mia Chorney, DNP, cardiology specialists with the HonorHealth Heart Group to get insights and expert advice on how you can maintain a healthy heart.

Combined, they have over 50 years of experience in healthcare. Mia also brings a unique perspective, having experienced a cardiac event at the age of just 32.

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. One woman dies from heart disease every 80 seconds and it claims the life of more than 900,000 Americans every year, according to the American Heart Association.

Heart disease includes cardiovascular disease, stroke, high blood pressure, heart failure and diseases of the arteries.

“Your health needs are unique and they can vary based on genetic predispositions, lifestyle and environment. It’s important to understand your risk factors and work closely with your doctors to create personalized prevention and treatment plans,” says Dr. Chorney. “Heart health research and technology are evolving and advancements in medical science continually offer new insights and tools for managing heart conditions.”

“At HonorHealth, we use the latest evidence-based technologies, medications and clinical trials to help prevent, treat and manage heart disease. These advancements are leading to much better outcomes for our patients,” adds Dr. Iyengar.

“The people in the intensive care unit 20 years ago are now typically floor patients. The people we treat today most likely wouldn’t have survived years ago without the advancements in research and clinical trials like the ones being done at the HonorHealth Research Institute.”

HonorHealth doctors offer expert advice on heart health for you and yours

It’s time to get techie to do your part.

You don’t need a medical degree to play a role in your own well-being, and you can leave the heavy lifting to the healthcare professionals. But you can still do your part by using readily available devices like smartwatches and home health monitors.

“Many smartwatches and fitness trackers now come with heart rate monitors and can track your daily activity levels, exercise, sleep patterns and more,” Dr. Chorney said.

“Home blood pressure monitors are also helpful because regular monitoring is crucial for those with high blood pressure and can lead to early detection of conditions that may impact heart health.”

These devices allow for real-time monitoring and tracking without the need to constantly visit your healthcare provider, but it’s important to share this information with your doctor, especially if you notice a change or a new trend.

“This technology keeps getting better and better, and when it comes to smartwatches, I think there are a number of things that will continue to improve and add even more value,” says Dr. Iyengar.

“Smartwatches are a great tool because they allow you to remain in your home, making it easier for you to reach out for help if you fall or experience a medical emergency. I believe that they will continue to get better at identifying atrial fibrillation, or Afib, and at some point, you’ll be able to scan medications as taken and create a report that can be shared with your doctors.”

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