“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
– Jim Rohn, motivational speaker
The human body is one of life’s most complex constructs, a complicated
blend of interwoven systems combined together to create one miraculous
whole. Like anything else, the body needs a power source, which is why
no matter how old you are, physicians pay close attention to your heart’s
health. Trust us, there’s a reason why your physician checks your
heart’s pulse and blood pressure any time you stop by for a visit.
As we reflect on the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, think about your heart like a car. If
your arms and legs are the tires and your brain is the driver, then your
heart is the engine. You can upgrade the car’s exterior features
all you want, but if the engine is in bad shape, you’ll never be
able to go anywhere.
Your body is no different. At Good Samaritan, our physicians and medical
staff provide a wide variety of health services ranging from mental health
to cancer care, but when it comes to a patient’s overall health,
it all starts with the heart. No matter what procedure or illness a patient
is battling, they cannot get back to 100 percent if their heart isn’t
equally as healthy.
At the Good Samaritan’s Dayson Heart Center, our dedicated team of
cardiologists are here to be your biggest supporters on the way to a healthy
lifestyle. Caring for your heart is a two-fold process; while our cardiologists
are here to diagnose and treat heart conditions, they can also help you
adopt new health practices to prevent potentially serious heart concerns
at the source. Because your body’s different systems are so interconnected
as is, it’s important to know how your heart impacts the other areas
of your body and the different types of health services offered at Good
For example, Good Samaritan’s Cancer Pavilion and oncology program
specialize in providing diagnostic radiology, pathology, oncology and
surgery services while ensuring that patients are as comfortable as possible
while receiving treatment. Oftentimes, due to the age of the patient at
the time of diagnosis, cancer and heart disease can go hand-in-hand, and
any pre-existing heart condition has to be treated before therapies like
chemotherapy and radiation are able to begin. One of the strongest ways
to combat cancer and its ensuing effects is with a healthy heart, helping
the body cope more effectively with cancer’s aggressive treatments.
Good Samaritan’s Women’s Health physicians also recommend the
continued monitoring and promotion of heart health in their patients.
According to a study conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine,
coronary heart disease (31 percent lifetime risk of death) is the greatest
health concern for postmenopausal women when compared to the 2.8 percent
mark for breast cancer and hip fracture alike. The study goes on to report
that when battling coronary heart disease, women are also twice as likely
than men to die in the first year following a heart attack, making it
even more important than ever to keep your heart healthy as you get older.
Looking at Orthopedic injuries, there are lots of ways to stave off of
the development of conditions like osteoarthritis that also overlap with
the continued care for your heart. Practicing regular exercise and maintaining
a healthy weight not only take pressure off of joint areas like your hips
and knees, they are also great ways to get in a productive cardio workout
that keeps your heart active. Since the body is so interconnected, exercise
is one way to address multiple areas beyond just your arms, legs and core.
Some of the most common conditions that general surgeons at Good Samaritan
come across are issues with the heart, necessitating both heart and bypass
surgeries. Across the United States, thousands of heart surgeries are
performed every day, illustrating the need for heart care by preventing
these conditions in the first place. The heart is delicate, and surgery
can often be quite complicated, so the best way to avoid serious heart
injuries is to attack them directly at the source over time.
Prioritizing the health of your heart impacts the body in all kinds of
positive ways. Good Samaritan’s Dayson Heart Center knows that the
numbers matter, and while they perform over 23,000 cardiac diagnostic
procedures each year with a 99 percent patient satisfaction rate, our
cardiologists know that the best service they can provide is to cut that
number down more and more each year. The healthier your heart, the less
need for medical intervention and most importantly, the more time you
have to do the things you enjoy. If the sum of the parts can never be
greater than the whole, our team is here to always help you find your
best version of
you. Good Samaritan, we’re right in your own backyard.