Everything You Wanted to Ask Your Cardiologist but Were Afraid to Ask

August 13, 2012

Heart disease is the No. 1 worldwide killer of men and women.  It is responsible for 40 percent of all the deaths in the United States, more than all forms of cancer combined.  Many types of heart disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices including diet and exercise. 

Brett Eliuk, DO, FACC, FACOI, a cardiologist with Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare, will provide an overview on Tuesday, September 4, at Burnham Brook of new and standard treatment options available to patients with cardiovascular disease.  He will leave time to answer questions from the audience.  Senior Health Partners presents the program as part of its ‘Aging Well’ series.  

A lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. followed by Dr. Eliuk’s presentation at noon. The program is free, but seating is limited.  Calling the class/seminar registration line at (877) 462-2247 can make reservations.

Cardiovascular (heart) disease is a broad term used to describe a range of diseases that affect your heart, and in some cases, your blood vessels. The various conditions that fall under the umbrella of heart disease include diseases of the blood vessels, such as coronary artery disease, heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias), and congenital heart defects. 

Cardiovascular disease continues to be one of the leading causes of death and disability in the industrialized world. There are a number of new approaches being developed and tested which will radically change not only how we treat these diseases, but also how we diagnose and prevent them. This program will review the current treatments and a glimpse into the future. 

The term heart disease is often used interchangeably with cardiovascular disease — a term that generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as infections and conditions that affect the heart's muscle, valves, or beating rhythm also are considered forms of heart disease. 

Research shows that one in three adults has some form of cardiovascular disease, which is not just a man's disease.  Heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases are devastating to women, too.  In fact, coronary heart disease, which causes heart attacks, is the leading cause of death for American women.  Many women believe that cancer is more of a threat, but they are wrong.  Nearly twice as many women in the U.S. die of heart disease and stroke as from all forms of cancer, including breast cancer.

Senior Health Partners, a community partnership of Bronson Battle Creek, CentraCare, Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, and Summit Pointe, works to expand wellness and educational offerings to senior citizens in Calhoun and surrounding counties.  

Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms.  It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI.  Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include the county’s largest accredited sleep center and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.