Dr. Anuj Shah: Cardiologist on COVID-19 & Amputation Prevention
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Dr. Anuj Shah: Cardiologist on COVID-19 & Amputation Prevention

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Diabetes Amputation Prevention & Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
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Diabetes Amputation Prevention & Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

What is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)? April is limb loss Awareness Month and Wednesdays are special because we challenge each other to wear orange to raise awareness for limb loss. Limb loss is associated with a significant impact on people's lives. When people go through the devastating process of limb loss, their mortality is as high as getting stage four cancer. Unfortunately, a large majority of the people who do get amputation will end up developing cardiovascular issues and their survival rates can be limited. People who get amputation at the toe are the same people who get ankle, knee and thigh level amputation on one leg. The same people are at risk of getting amputation on the other leg. The number one reason for amputation is diabetes-related peripheral vascular disease (PAD) blockages. If you're a diabetic, please make sure your diabetes is in control. Diabetes management is critical to amputation prevention. Diabetics should have a team of doctors to help with this process including a cardiologist, a podiatrist, a diabetes specialist and a vascular specialist. Preventing amputation is critical. Here are three tips to consider to prevent amputation. 1. SEE A VASCULAR SPECIALIST. If you have symptoms like pain, discomfort, achiness or an open diabetic foot ulcer that has not healed, please seek immediate medical attention. Get checked by a vascular surgeon so that way we can make sure it's not due to a vascular issue. 2. ANNUAL DIABETIC FOOT EXAMS. If you are diabetic, please make sure you are seeing your podiatrist for an annual foot exam because it's essential that they look at your feet, check your pulse, and clip your toenails. 3. DO NOT CUT YOUR OWN TOENAILS IF YOU ARE DIABETIC. Do not try to cut your toenails yourself if you have diabetes because if you cause an infection or an injury that may not heal, it can lead to much larger consequences. Please have a podiatrist assist you with this. If you need a recommendation for a podiatrist, we can give you one as we work with the leading podiatrists all over New Jersey. For more information on getting a vascular assessment, visit our web site at https://www.apexheartandvascular.com/peripheral-arterial-disease #diabetes #health #podiatry #PAD #amputation #peripheralarterialdisease
Coronavirus COVID19: Cardiologist Shares what you need to know about PAD & Cardiovascular Disease
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Coronavirus COVID19: Cardiologist Shares what you need to know about PAD & Cardiovascular Disease

Dr. Anuj Shah outlines practices to keep our hearts and immune systems healthy on RT America with Holland Cooke. #COVID19 #coronavirus #PAD #cardiovasculardisease #hearthealth "Coronavirus is the-story-of-the-week, and the public health sector is in overdrive to keep it from becoming the story-of-our-lifetime. But in the next sixty seconds, more Americans will die of heart disease than from Coronavirus. Why? And how can you avoid both?" If you have leg pain and circulation issues, see a doctor! Legs are the window to the heart. Patients ignore it. Doctors ignore it. Make sure you do not need my intervention to open a blockage in the leg too late so you don't end up losing a limb. The same people who get leg blockages get heart problems. People who have PAD are the same people who have coronary disease. One of the main things I do as an interventional cardiologist is limb salvage. When people get blockages in PAD- the legs- they could lose a limb. I go and open these blockages so the blood flow to the leg is restored so they don't lose their toes, legs or a foot. Being amputated is debilitating. When you lose your limb, you end up living less and your quality of life is a significant factor. Avoiding any kind of circulation problems is very important. People with PAD have a much higher likelihood of getting a heart attack and stroke. When people develop limb ischemia, one in four will die of heart problems. One in four will lose their limbs. 60 % of limb ischemia people will have a limb loss or a life loss. You could be having blockages in the leg and not notice because you don't have symptoms. If you have leg problems, it is because of a heart problem. You can avoid needing an intervention if you focus on vascular care as much as you focus on cardiovascular care. COVID19: “Patients with cardiovascular issues could be at-increased-risk of Coronavirus. Is this correct?" Most people who get are infected with COVID19 are people who have underlying immune systems to begin with. Whether they have existing cardiac conditions like cardiomyopathy. Those things make people more prone to coronavirus. Coronavirus has been out there for years and most people only get a cough and congestion. This new strain in people who are immunocompromised is turning out to be fatal. It is causing a variety of issues including pneumonia and respiratory distress. It also leads to myocardial injury (injury of the heart muscles.) Within one minute, more people die of heart disease than of coronavirus. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. 1. Make sure you don’t catch other viral infections. 2. Wear a mask when traveling. 3. If you are sick, report it and get tested. 4. If you know somebody is sick, avoid contact. Wear gloves. https://www.apexheartandvascular.com/
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News 12 Westchester Dr Anuj Shah Coronavirus Ask the Expert Live
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