Finding the Best Version of You

“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 Samaritan.

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.

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