6 The QUEE NS Courier • health • MARCH 3, 2016 for breaking news visit www.qns.com ▶health Local politician pushes heart health for February American Heart Month BY ERICA SIUDZINSKI email@example.com @QueensCourier One area lawmaker is looking to keep our hearts pumping away. Councilman Rory I. Lancman recently invited Dr. Farshid Radparar, chief of cardiology at Queens Hospital Center, to the Hillcrest Senior Center in Jamaica for a seminar on heart health. Dr. Radparvar gave the seniors tips on keeping their hearts healthy as they age. February is American Heart Month, a targeted time to help people lower their risk of a heart attack. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans over the age of 65, but can be prevented or managed through diet and exercise. Heart disease is responsible for one in four (more than 600,000) deaths in the U.S. every year. Small steps such as eating healthy, or 15 minutes to half an hour of exercise can reduce the risk of a heart attack in seniors. Dr. Radparvar encouraged individuals to seek early preventative care and heart health information through their primary care physicians or the hospital system. The Special Cardiac Clinic at Queens Hospital Center was designed to help patients learn how to manage and reduce risk of heart disease and heart attack. The clinic features a number of programs Photo courtesy of City Councilman Rory Lancman Councilmember Rory I. Lancman with Dr. Farshid Radparvar, Chief of Cardiology at Queens Hospital Center for American Heart Month at Hillcrest Senior Center MALOCCLUSION AND PERIODONTAL DISEASE Malocclusion affects 74% of American adults. If you have malocclusion, it may affect your periodontal health, because it is difficult to remove plaque when teeth are not aligned. Periodontal disease can begin as hum redness or bleeding while brushing your teeth or using dental floss, and you may notice halitosis, or bad breath. If not treated, hum inflammation can become worse, leading to soft tissue damage, receding gums, the formation of pockets between teeth and hums, bone loss, and eventually tooth loss. THE PROGRESSION OF PERIODONTAL DISEASE When teeth are crowded, plaque with harmful bacteria can attach to the tooth surface down to the bottom of the pocket. Plaque can be difficult to remove from crowded areas because it is difficult to brush and floss here. Bacteria can cause gum tissue surrounding the tooth to degrade, and if not treated, result in bone loss. WEAR AND TRAUMA Poorly aligned teeth can also create unnatural stress and pressure on teeth and jaws. Teeth that are subject to excessive pressure can develop chipping and notches at the gum line called abfractions. Premature wear can lead to poor root support, loose teeth and eventually, tooth loss. STRAIGHT TEETH ARE HEALTHIER TEETH Straight, properly aligned teeth can help you avoid the negative effects of periodontal disease. HEALTHIER GUMS Properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss than crowded or crooked teeth. Properly positioned teeth can help gums “fit” more tightly around them, which may lead to better periodontal health. IMPROVED HYGIENE With good oral hygiene, the chances of having plaque retention, tooth decay, and periodontal disease can be reduced. COURTESY OF ASTORIA DENTAL GROUP 32-17 BROADWAY ASTORIA, NY 11106 SMILEdr.com • 866-511-5444 CLIFFORD E. DEGEL, D.D.S. CARMEN EVERY – DEGEL, D.D.S. Healthy Gingiva Gingivitis Periodontitis Advanced Peiodontitis FREE DENTAL EXAMINATION AND X-RAYS Discount Coupon NEW PATIENTS RAFFLE TICKET - 1st Prize: $2500 In Dental Treatment 2nd Prize: One Zoom In-Office Whitening Procedure Each Month Through May 31st, 2016 Astoria Dental Group Donation: $0.00 25th YEAR ANNIVERSARY that target health conditions and habits that can increase risk including diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol levels and obesity. With the latest screen technology to identify heart problems early, a patient educator to provide information and advice for patients with diabetes, and a Smoking Cessation Program, the clinic aims to help patients stay on top of their health. “NYC Health + Hospitals is committed to helping all members of our community, regardless of their immigration status or ability to pay, live their healthiest life possible,” Dr. Radparvar said.
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