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More than 25 million Americans have diabetes.  In 2010, nearly 2 million people were diagnosed in one year, a national record.  The numbers continue to soar as an estimated 79 million Americans have prediabetes, which can transition into diabetes.  With diabetes as a leading risk factor for heart disease and the seventh leading cause of death in the US, what can you do to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes?

 

 

Understand the Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes

You triple your risk for a cardiovascular event and double your risk for death if... Read More »

Oklahoma Heart Institute has successfully completed its tenth Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure. The first and second TAVRs at OHI were performed May 2 and the tenth TAVR was completed July 26.

TAVR is a minimally invasive, life-saving procedure for patients with aortic stenosis who would be considered too high a risk for traditional open heart procedures.

 

Take a moment to imagine if this was your life.  You are a busy professional, physically fit and active.  Staying healthy is very much a part of your daily life and you’ve been given a clean bill of health year after year from your primary care physician.  However, in the back of your mind, you worry.  Your father had a heart attack in his 50s and so did your brother.  You are also a male in your 50s.

Family medical history is certainly something that should never be ignored, but if you don’t seem to have any of the signs or symptoms of a heart attack is there really reason to... Read More »

Oklahoma Heart Institute has maintained the mission of providing excellent cardiac care to patients in Oklahoma since opening the doors March of 1989.  With the largest dedicated heart hospital in Oklahoma, the first in Tulsa to perform cutting edge life-saving procedures, and the region’s first dedicated inpatient and outpatient heart failure center, OHI sets the standard.  Today, through a distinguished team of nationally recognized physicians, along with the latest in technology and advancements in cardiology, OHI brings expertise and superior care to more patients in Tulsa with a... Read More »

Metabolic syndrome is a condition that includes the presence of a cluster of risk factors specific for cardiovascular disease. According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), metabolic syndrome significantly raises the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and/or stroke.

Most people who have metabolic syndrome have insulin resistance. The body makes insulin to move glucose (sugar) into cells for use as energy. Obesity, commonly found in people with metabolic syndrome, makes it more difficult for cells to respond to insulin. If the body cannot make enough... Read More »

If you, your parents, or your parents' siblings had a heart attack before age 55 and you have a child, this advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) might surprise you: Have your child's cholesterol tested.

Under certain circumstances, the AAP says, cholesterol-lowering diets, under a pediatrician's supervision, are safe for children.

Which children need testing?

The AAP recommends that all children be screened for high cholesterol between ages 9 and 11, and again between ages 17 and 21. Children should be screened regardless of family history, the... Read More »

Have you felt a strange sensation in your chest but didn’t know what to think? Did your heart race and then slow with deliberate beats? Have you bent over to pick something up and felt like your heart is skipping a few beats? You could be experiencing Atrial Fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder. Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib as it commonly referred, occurs when the heart's two upper chambers (the atria) beat irregularly and out of coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart. Symptoms include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and weakness as... Read More »

That is a bold question, but one being addressed by researchers today.  According to recent trials, the answer could be yes.  With heart disease being the number one killer in our country, responsible for 25% of US  deaths every year, wiping out heart attacks is a substantial consideration to the health of our nation.

Start with a Large Single-Site Study

One such trial looking into the potential of completely preventing heart attacks is the Dallas Heart Study, a genetics and coronary atherosclerosis study.  Essentially, researchers wanted to answer the question, who will get... Read More »

We believe our employees are the heart of Hillcrest.  The high quality healthcare we provide our patients every day is in the hands of our great employees.  If you have been interested in finding the right job in the right place, this could be the perfect time for you!

Oklahoma Heart Institute just launched our new jobs website.  It is easy to use, easy to find current job listings, and easy to apply online, even through your LinkedIn account.  You will discover Hillcrest and what it is like to work here.  

You will see how you can professionally develop your career... Read More »

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in our country.  It is a complex disorder that often times requires multiple medical approaches and lifestyle modifications to properly manage.  At Oklahoma Heart Institute, our endocrinologists remain abreast of the latest advancements in diabetes management to give our patients the best course of action and outcomes that favorably affect their health and quality of life.

Did you know?

By 2050, 1 in 3 US adults will have Type 2 diabetes.

With more than 28 million US adults living with Type 2 diabetes today, there are still... Read More »