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Cardiac Arrest – Munar Shamji, MD Radio Interview

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Female Announcer: This is the Monday Medical Break brought to you by Valley Presbyterian Hospital.

Peter Tilden: Hi. It’s Peter Tilden with cardiologist Dr. Shamji from Valley Presbyterian Hospital and I got to ask you, what can be done to prevent heart attacks and death.

Munar Shamji, MD: Peter, people ignore symptoms. Common symptoms that may be uncommon: nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, sweating. Anything like that whatsoever could be a heart attack. Get in the hospital immediately and get yourself taken care of.

Tilden: And people ignore that. They tend to ignore those symptoms because they figure it can’t be, right?

Shamji: That is correct. And, most importantly twenty to thirty minutes a day, five times a week of exercise and a good diet can save yourself a heart attack.

Tilden: And you see the difference from obesity. You see the end result when you open people up every day, right?

Shamji: Without a doubt.

Tilden: There just was a study that said obesity does catch up with you eventually. There’s no eventual healthy obesity, correct?

Shamji: That’s correct. Bad diet and lack of exercise will lead to progression of heart disease, blockages which will ultimately will lead to angioplasty, stent, and unnecessary bypass surgery.

Tilden: We have amazing techniques now with stenting and bypass and all that. What percentage do you think is preventable?

Shamji: I would expect at least fifty percent could be preventable in terms of trying to save yourself a heart attack or even death. At Valley Presbyterian Hospital, we actually offer technology that is not so common at many other hospitals. Technology such as coronary CT angiogram, which detects ninety-eight percent of patients with heart disease, Cardiac Catherization Lab which is hundred percent in detecting blocked arteries.

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