This Valentine’s Day, the best gift you can give yourself and those you love is
a healthy heart.
It’s easy to take cardiac health for granted but our hearts need tender loving care. Studies have shown a healthy diet, rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats, can significantly reduce the risk of a heart attack in patients whose blood pressure is only mildly elevated.
Exercising for 30 minutes a day can improve blood flow. It’s also important to know your numbers. Keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol in check is the key to protecting your heart.
Saint Mary’s offers a full range of cardiac services, including diagnostic testing, advanced treatment options, and cardiac rehabilitation classes.
“I was very satisfied with how they treated me – 100 percent!” said Russell Thomas Sr., 71, of Waterbury, who had triple bypass surgery at Saint Mary’s earlier this month.
Thomas has a strong family history of heart disease. His father died after suffering “a major heart attack,” and his brother’s death
was also cardiac-related. He’s been under the care of a cardiologist,
Dr. J. Robert Anthony, Chief of Cardiology at Saint Mary’s, for
more than 30 years. “He’s the best doctor in Waterbury, as far as I’m concerned. His staff and crew that work with him, they can’t be beat. They take their time. They listen.”
Still, Thomas said he didn’t always exercise and eat right and four years ago, he needed angioplasty to open a blocked artery in his heart. “I cheated a little bit. Flags went up but… you get to a certain age, you don’t pay mind to stuff,” the West Virginia native said.
When he needed heart surgery, the care he received at Saint Mary’s was “excellent,” he said. “This is a great group here. They did everything they were supposed to do. And I plan on being around for a while longer to enjoy my grandchildren.”