Health Challenge

The best model of health needs to incorporate the best of modern medicine with optimal lifestyle changes. While this is easier said than done, each one of us must take more responsibility for our own health. In addition, healthcare providers need to find newer solutions for risk factor modification.

Atherosclerosis causes heart attacks and strokes, and leads to countless deaths and disability each year. The fact is that 80% of people with clogged arteries will succumb to this disease. In people who are lucky enough to survive a heart attack, 20% will be dead a year later. Unfortunately physicians cannot predict the future.

Atherosclerosis is a chronic condition that has no cure. The good news is that its progression over time can be slowed with the right lifestyle changes and medications. Reducing blood pressure, blood sugar and blood fats, losing weight and quitting smoking can help even the odds. In the past, medications were used solely to treat disease. Today, more and more medications have been shown to prevent disease.

Dr. Curnew's Thoughts

Each day, in the hospital, I am saddened to see the loss of loved ones, stricken too soon and suddenly by the number one killer, atherosclerosis (cardiovascular disease).  While we cannot totally eliminate this disease, we can certainly make huge gains in terms of its lessening its occurrence and severity by educating ourselves about lifestyle and dietary practices, and then making changes in our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

In addition to my perspective as a cardiologist of some 25 years, I also have the perspective of a parent, watching my children grow, and a son who has seen my own parents age. My three young children — Joshua, Jordan and Jenna — remind me of the beauty, love, science and curiosity of mankind. I want to do whatever it takes to protect them from heart disease and cancer. My father, Bob, developed extensive heart disease relatively early in life. He had angioplasty and bypass surgery and several years later passed away.

I am fortunate to have a loving and supportive wife, Ceri, along with good friends and family. I am grateful to have them in my life, and would like to thank each and every one of them.

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