Big turnout for “Talk with the Doc”
LEWISBURG – There was a large turnout Thursday evening for Evangelical Community Hospital’s “Talk with the Doc” panel discussion focusing on heart health. Dr. Petra Lynch was on the panel and explained that most associate smoking with lung cancer, but says smoking is a huge risk factor for heart disease.
Dr. Lynch said, “Smoking actually builds up your cholesterol plaque extremely fast in your blood vessels. It predisposes you for stroke, a heart attack and heart failure at the same time, on top of giving you lung problems.”
She also talked about how diet affects your heart. Dr. Lynch explained, “You need to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle, so do not go to any fast food restaurants because they are bad for you. They have trans-fatty acids that actually directly go in your heart and form bad cholesterol plaque. It starts when you are around 16 to 18-years-old. If you have a high fast food diet, most likely you are on the way to having a heart attack.”
Dr. Lynch says once you have a build-up of plaque in your heart, you can’t get rid of it as you get older, so eating healthy early-on can prevent a build-up of bad cholesterol. The “Talk with the Doc” event was part of Rock Red for Healthy Hearts during the month of February, which is an effort to draw attention to the prevention of heart disease. You can find out more on our website at www.wkok.com. (Ali Stevens)
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