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UNM doctors write book on heart health

Emily Jaceks
October 05, 2018 06:30 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - “Why die of the most common disease in the United States when you don't have to?” Dr. David Schade, Professor of Medicine & Chief of Endocrinology at University of New Mexico said. 

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Schade and Philip Eaton, also a Professor of Medicine and Emeritus Vice President of the University of New Mexico Health Science Center, have dedicated their lives to the human heart.

“Everything has changed in understanding of having a heart attack over the 60 years I’ve been working on it,” Dr. Eaton said. 

Ironically, they said while more people than ever are dying from heart attacks, it's now easier than ever to prevent them. 

“It’s become much more simple to diagnose who is likely to have one. It’s much more simple to treat it, and much more simple to follow a patient once they’re in treatment to make sure they’re getting the best response,” Dr. Eaton said. 

Anymore, most people over 40 have some risk factor and should ask their provider if they need to be scanned. 

“If you have calcium in your heart, you have the disease,” Dr. Eaton said. 

And if diagnosed, you can find “50 Ways to Save Your Heart,” an easy to read book written by the doctors. 

“We can reverse that. We can reverse these plaques that are causing restriction and everything else. It's a reversible disease,” Dr. Schade said. 

They say the goal is lowering your bad cholesterol below 50. That can be done with two pills that cost less than a dollar a day.

“I think all patients want to do something about their health, but sometimes feel like they’re not in charge. We want them to be in charge and this book lets them be in charge of their own heart. And they can save their heart. If they read this book, they can save their heart,” Dr. Schade said.

You can download that book for free at stopheartattack.net.

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