I have heart disease. What do I do? Tips for living a heart healthy lifestyle.

As cardiologists, we look at risk factors for the development of coronary artery disease or heart artery blockages. These risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, and family history of heart disease.

On the other hand, if you have had a heart attack, stent or bypass surgery, we look at what got you into this trouble in the first place and try to modify those risk factors as well as we possibly can.

First, and foremost, if you are a smoker you need to quit.  Smoking injures the lining cells of your arteries, called the endothelium, and makes you much more likely to build up cholesterol blockages called plaque. This plaque buildup slowly blocks blood flow of the arteries. To treat the cholesterol that is circulating in your bloodstream, we use medications that can drop levels by 50%.

Second, if your blood pressure is high, it is important to get it under control. There are several lifestyle changes that can help lower your blood pressure:

  1. Weight Loss
  2. Exercising regularly
  3. Eating healthy
  4. Reducing sodium intake
  5. Limiting alcohol intake
  6. Cutting back on caffeine
  7. Reducing stress.

Third, if you are diabetic, get your blood sugar under as much control as you can achieve. Premier Healthcare has two Endocrinologists who can help patients with Diabetes control their blood sugar levels. Visit: http://premierhealthcare.org/specialty.endocrinology.html or call 812.333.5976 today.

Finally, though you can’t choose new parents and therefore change your health history, you can take steps now to effectively reduce your future risk of heart disease. Visit: http://premierhealthcare.org/specialty.cardiology.html or call 812.331.3401 or 812.331.3402 today.

Written by Premier Healthcare Cardiologist, David Blemker, MD, FACC

What is Angina? Common Chest Pain Misconceptions

What is Angina? Common Chest Pain Misconceptions

Many of my patients are surprised that cardiac chest pain is not a sharp stabbing pain. It is more often described as a pressure, ache, or squeezing discomfort. Patients commonly label it as a pressure like someone or something, i.e. an elephant, is sitting on their chest. The take home message is that if your chest hurts in any way, no matter how seemingly insignificant, you should go and have it evaluated because it could be your heart.

Especially in February, for American Heart Month with events like Go Red for Women, we address heart disease in women. The need for this month of awareness is because females often have atypical symptoms that may not include chest discomfort. They can often present with indications like shortness of breath during exertion, or easy fatigability. Also, women may have discomfort in their back or in their abdomen. The bottom line is, if you feel some or any of these symptoms, I would rather you seek attention repeatedly for a false alarm than have you ignore the symptoms and wind up regretting it.

Written by David Blemker, MD, FACC, Cardiologist at Premier Healthcare, LLC

The Weight Loss Clinic at Premier Healthcare: Ideal Protein

Premier’s Weight Loss Program in conjunction with Ideal Protein

The Ideal Protein line used in the weight loss clinic was medically designed over 25 years ago by a doctor in France. Here at Premier Healthcare, each person is medically supervised and assessed weekly during the course of the program.

The program itself helps each person stabilize their pancreas and blood sugar levels through proper nutrition and will cause the body to live off stored fat. It is a program that does not mess with muscle mass, but will burn away the stored fat.

With the weight loss clinic, it incorporates protein into the diet daily and lowers the amount of calories and carbohydrates ingested. With that becomes an increase in fat burning and a weekly weight loss. It is expected that women will lose 2-3 pounds weekly and men 3-5 pounds weekly if the protocol is followed properly.

Premier Healthcare Weight loss clinic is headed by staff that is very knowledgeable of the Ideal protein line and are trained to monitor patients through their weight loss journey.

The Weight Loss clinic is a safe and effective program and will give a person results if followed properly. The ideal protein line has 75 different foods that range from breakfast choices to sweet treats. It is not a drink system; it is based off a variety of products that each person can choose what they want to eat weekly.

If interested in the program, it is a requirement that every person attend a free workshop. Workshops are held every second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 5:45pm to 6:30pm. The workshops will go over the program, costs, and give out samples of the products for people to taste. Each person must sign-up to attend the workshops. The number to call and signup for a workshop is 812-331-3401.

National Family Health History Day

Today is National Family Health History Day, which just so happens to fall on Thanksgiving! Just as you are spending time getting to know your loved ones and sharing a meal together, you should also take some time to learn about your family’s health history and what sort of genetic predispositions you may share.

Knowing your family’s health history can help you learn about any genetic health risks you or your loved ones may have and what are the best ways to prevent these. To learn more visit: http://www.hhs.gov/familyhistory/index.html

Weight-Loss Wednesday! Ideal Protein Testimonial: Dr. David Blemker

1. Before starting the Ideal Protein program, what was your overall reason for starting it? (For yourself, your family, to feel better, etc.)

I needed to lose weight and to be frank I was somewhat skeptical about the diet. I felt that I needed to personally experience the diet before I could promote it to my patients.

 

2. At the beginning of the Ideal Protein program, what were your goals? (Weight loss; lose inches, better labs, etc.)

Weight loss and my triglycerides were extremely high. (wanted to lose weight and lower triglycerides)

 

3. What was the biggest struggle for you at the beginning of the Program?

I had to plan ahead especially when I was on call that night, to follow the diet well.

 

4. How far have you come towards reaching your goals? Or have you reached them? (Give us the total of your loss so far and the number of weeks it took)

I lost 23lbs in 8 weeks. My BP medicine dropped from 20mg Byscolic daily to 5mg daily. My triglycerides dropped from 1090 to 139. My pant waist size dropped from 38 in to 34 in.

 

5. If you could give some advice or encouragement to future dieters, what would you say to them?

Stick with it, you will see the results.

 

To Find Out More About Ideal Protein Sign Up For One of Our Free Workshops!

Call Today: 812.331.3404

There will be a workshop on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 5:45 to 6:30 pm at the Premier Healthcare, Landmark Medical Center at 550 S. Landmark Ave, Bloomington, IN, 47403.

The workshops will be in the Café on the 2nd floor of the building.

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Weight-Loss Wednesday! Ideal Protein Testimonial: Darlene Tabla

Ideal Protein Tri-fold Brochure (with workshop dates)21. Before starting the Ideal Protein program, what was your overall reason for starting it? (For yourself, your family, to feel better, etc.)

I wanted to join the Ideal Protein program for myself and to feel better. Because of my weight loss I am off of two blood pressure meds!! Also my cholesterol medicine has been cut in half and I hope to be off completely in October.

2. At the beginning of the Ideal Protein program, what were your goals? (Weight loss; lose inches, better labs, etc.)

My goal at the beginning was to lose weight; I never thought that I would lose as many inches as I did. It’s amazing!!

3. What was the biggest struggle for you at the beginning of the Program?

The first week was the hardest for me. I loved my bread and pasta, but after the first week my cravings went away.

4. How far have you come towards reaching your goals? Or have you reached them? (Give us the total of your loss so far and the number of weeks it took)

I have reached my goal which was 28 pounds, but I lost 6 more lbs. by watching sugars and carbs. Sugar is the bad guy!!

5. If you could give some advice or encouragement to future dieters, what would you say to them?

I would say to hang in there; the first week is the hardest. After that week it is much easier. It is the only plan that really worked for me; I have been on every weight loss plan there is and this plan by far is the only plan where you truly lose fat not muscle. It’s the best!

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To Find Out More About Ideal Protein Sign Up For One of Our Free Workshops!

Call Today: 812.331.3404

There will be a workshop on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 5:45 to 6:30 pm at the Premier Healthcare, Landmark Medical Center at 550 S. Landmark Ave, Bloomington, IN, 47403.

The workshops will be in the Café on the 2nd floor of the building.

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Weight-Loss Wednesday! Ideal Protein Testimonial: Pat Bennett

  1. Before starting the Ideal Protein program, what was your overall reason for starting it? (For yourself, your family, to feel better, etc.)

I was very concerned about my overall health.

 

  1. At the beginning of the Ideal Protein program, what were your goals? (Weight loss; lose inches, better labs, etc.)

First was to feel better, then inches, and weight loss. Did NOT want to become an insulin dependent diabetic

 

  1. What was the biggest struggle for you at the beginning of the Program?

Getting all the Veggies eaten.

 

  1. How far have you come towards reaching your goals? Or have you reached them? (Give us the total of your loss so far and the number of weeks it took)

Total weight lost: 64.3

Total inches lost: 52

Weeks: 22

45.2 lbs. to go! 🙂

 

  1. If you could give some advice or encouragement to future dieters, what would you say to them?

It is the best “plan” I have tried (and I have tried them all)! You can see the inches falling off. Just call a friend if you get bored with it. Someone always has a new recipe to give you!

 

Before Ideal Protein:          After Ideal Protein:

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To Find Out More About Ideal Protein Sign Up For One of Our Free Workshops! Call Today: 812.331.3404

There will be a workshop on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 5:45 to 6:30 pm at the Premier Healthcare, Landmark Medical Center at 550 S. Landmark Ave, Bloomington, IN, 47403.

The workshops will be in the Café on the 2nd floor of the building.

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