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Fauquier Health celebrates Heart Month 2022 with a brief journey through the heart



The number one killer of mankind is heart attack and stroke—not cancer, not viruses. Plaque clog-up in our arteries leading to heart attacks is the most common form of heart disease. Sadly, this leading killer of mankind is largely a choice—a man-made disease—one driven by our behavior and our style of life. In the words of our esteemed colleague, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, plaque build-up in the arteries is a “toothless paper tiger that need not exist.”

Dr. Neel K. Shaw, Cardiologist, and Lucy Mumo, Fauquier Health Director of Dietary Services, are excited to showcase some new plant-based options to the menu for patients recovering from cardiac related events.

February is Heart Month, and with the words on this page, I am going to take you through a brief journey of heart disease. You will understand how best to take care of your heart, prevent the most common form of heart disease, and learn when to seek help from one of the many wonderful providers in our Fauquier County community.

The various forms of heart disease fall into one of three main categories:

  1. Anomalies that you’re born with, or what we call congenital disease.
  2. Degenerative, age-related conditions that occur as a function of time, radiation, and gravity chipping away at our tissues, impacting the roots of our DNA called telomeres.
  3. Man-made heart disease, the most common form, which includes heart attacks/coronary artery disease.

Any of the above categories of heart disease can impact the function of the heart’s muscle, electrical system, and valves. These impacts can lead to a range of symptoms, and if you have any of these, please report them to your primary care provider without delay. Symptoms can include:

  • Shortness of breath on exertion
  • Chest discomfort (particularly with physical activity, relieved quickly on rest)
  • Palpitations
  • Unusual fatigue with activity
  • Lightheadedness or fainting spells

Plant-basted dieting has never looked so good. Very similar to the real “meaty” taste many crave, plant-based dieting is a healthier alternative with long term effects.

Folks often will have one or more of these symptoms for quite some time and attribute them to simply being ‘out of shape’ or ‘just simple old age.’ Of course, a symptom, such as breathlessness, can be due to excess body fat and muscular de-conditioning. Regardless, it is important to see your provider. Your primary care provider will render an assessment and will decide whether you would benefit from referrals to a Cardiologist (heart specialist) and/or Pulmonologist (lung specialist).

So, how do we best care for our hearts? Keep in mind these key points:

  1. We cannot do anything to prevent anomalies with which we are born (i.e. congenital heart disease) and cannot do much to prevent degenerative age-related conditions. However, if we recognize symptoms from these conditions, as detailed above, we can often begin treating them with medications and/or surgeries.
  2. The most common form of heart disease, plaque clog-up in the arteries, can also be treated with medications and/or surgery. However, we usually don’t learn someone has heart disease until after they suffer their first heart attack.

Heart attack/coronary artery disease is due to the unholy tango of cholesterol and inflammation in our blood vessels exacting damage, over our lifetimes, to the walls of those blood vessels.

Even desserts can be made to be healthier – and still taste just as delicious.

Where does excess cholesterol and the predominant source of inflammation in our blood vessels come from?

  • The food that we eat (animal-based foods, processed foods).
  • The style of life that we lead (tobacco smoke, pollution, mental stress, physical inactivity, etc.).

When we look around the planet, we see large populations where individuals do not get heart disease and the other associated chronic diseases (diabetes, hypertension, certain common cancers) in anywhere near the frequency as do most Americans and other Western-style populations.

The tie that binds these populations (i.e., the original Okinawans, many Mediterranean Islanders, several rural Eastern African communities, and nearly a third of the Seventh Day Adventists right here in the US) are these key habits:

  1. Eating a largely whole-foods plant-based diet (with the elimination of most animal protein including chicken, turkey, beef, pork, eggs, dairy):
    1. Understand that animal foods bring cholesterol as well as inflammation into your body through a variety of biochemical mechanisms. When it comes to your heart health, lean or white meat are not truly considered as heart healthy.
    2. For those who think moderation is key, I have some advice for you. When something is not considered as healthy or is deemed as potentially harmful, we should try our best not to “use” it at all. The World Health Organization (WHO) has already declared that processed meat (i.e., ham, sausage, and pepperoni), is a Group 1 carcinogen, meaning cancer-causing, just as asbestos, plutonium, and combustible tobacco are. Consider that next time you are craving that slice of pepperoni pizza or order pizza for dinner because it is an easier meal option.
  2. Enjoying a lifestyle free of tobacco, drugs, and toxins.
  3. Insert plenty of movement into your everyday routine – such as yoga/meditation – and a culture rich with love and connectedness in the community.

There are plenty of randomized-controlled scientific trial data that supports the reality that transforming your diet to a whole-foods plant-based diet and leading a healthy lifestyle can prevent, arrest, and reverse plaque build-up that is already inside your arteries. The most striking of these studies was presented by Dr. Dean Ornish’s landmark Lifestyle Heart Trial, published in the prestigious medical journal called the Lancet.

Based in part on this work, Dr. Ornish gained approval from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for his ‘Ornish Reversal Program,’ an Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation program which helps individuals target these key reversible risk factors of chronic disease.

This is why we say with confidence that the leading killer of mankind—a heart attack—is largely preventable. It can be prevented by the choices you make and if it is already present, can be arrested and reversed.

If you have any concerning symptoms as outlined in the article, or simply just want to learn more about how to best to care for the engine of your body, please start the conversation with your primary care provider or a Cardiologist.

Neel K. Shah, M.D., FACC, RPVI

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Rabies Outbreak Detected in Front Royal’s Feline Population



Warren County Health Department Issues Directives on Containment and Prevention.

A recent incident in the Oregon Hollow Road area of Warren County has sounded the alarm bells for local pet owners and animal enthusiasts. A feline displaying signs of rabies infection was detected, prompting immediate action by the Warren County Animal Control Deputies.

On September 14, 2023, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office attended to an animal control call involving a seemingly ill feline. The on-scene Animal Control Officer found a confined cat among several others on the property. The complainant highlighted a troubling trend: people frequently desert cats in the area.

The caged feline’s behavior raised suspicions of a potential rabies infection. This suspicion was later echoed by a local veterinary clinic, where the cat was taken for a professional opinion. The unfortunate confirmation led to the feline’s humane euthanization, and its samples were sent to the Warren County Health Department for further testing.

By September 20, the grim results were in. The Warren County Animal Control Officer received confirmation that the feline was indeed infected with rabies. Given the severity and potential spread of this disease, the Warren County Health Department acted promptly. They issued a directive that, for public safety reasons, all remaining cats on the property would be trapped and humanely euthanized.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office has since amplified its efforts to spread awareness. Residents are urged to update their pets’ rabies vaccinations and to exercise caution, especially around unfamiliar animals that may exhibit erratic or unusual behavior.

Rabies, a potentially fatal disease, poses a severe threat to both animals and humans. The quick response by Warren County Animal Control highlights the significance of early detection and intervention. As the county grapples with this challenge, collaboration and vigilance among residents will be paramount. Warren County’s residents are encouraged to stay informed, taking the necessary precautions to ensure their safety and that of their beloved pets.

For further information on rabies prevention and vaccination clinics, contact the Warren County Health Department or visit the Virginia Department of Health website.

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AI’s Growing Role in Modern Healthcare



Emerging Medical Tech: From Reducing Paperwork to Assisting Diagnoses.

While AI isn’t wearing a white coat just yet, its expanding role in the medical sphere is undeniable. As the medical industry grapples with manual processes and overworked professionals, artificial intelligence emerges as both a promising ally and a potential point of concern for healthcare.

The promise of AI in streamlining tasks has started to manifest in tangible ways. The New York Times points to the adoption of generative AI in hospitals and clinics. These “smart digital assistants” tackle routine jobs, notably clinical documentation, cutting down the hours clinicians spend on paperwork. A family physician from Tennessee serves as a testament to this efficiency, trimming his daily documentation time from two hours to a mere 20 minutes with the aid of AI.

Chatbots, another burgeoning application of AI, are redefining patient interaction. Forbes highlights the rise of AI-powered chatbots, like those developed by digital health startup K Health. These chatbots converse with patients, compare symptoms with extensive databases, and forward potential diagnoses to human medical professionals. With over 3.1 million patients seeking care via K Health’s platform for various medical needs, it’s clear there’s a growing trust in this tech-mediated approach.

But where there’s innovation, there’s also caution. Some experts remain skeptical about AI’s unfettered use in the medical domain. The main concerns? AI’s vulnerability to misinformation and potential misuse in medical education. Andrew Beam, an epidemiologist from Harvard University, echoed these sentiments. Furthermore, the susceptibility of chatbots to generate incorrect or fictitious information, as evidenced by the incident involving a New York lawyer using ChatGPT’s false research, has raised eyebrows.

AI’s trajectory in healthcare appears promising, aiming to lighten the load on healthcare professionals and enhance patient experience. However, like any powerful tool, its application demands careful oversight, regular evaluation, and ongoing adjustments. As AI continues to interlace with healthcare, a balanced approach—embracing its strengths while being wary of its shortcomings—will be paramount.

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Exercise’s Hidden Cardio Benefits Surpass Scale Numbers



Harvard and Brigham Research Reveals Exercise’s True Heart Value.

If the scales remain stubbornly immobile despite your consistent workout regimen, don’t be disheartened. A recent study from esteemed institutions suggests your heart might be reaping silent benefits, even if your waistline doesn’t show it.

For many, the motivation to exercise often stems from a desire to shed some pounds. Yet, according to the latest research from Harvard University in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the true value of consistent physical activity may lie in its profound influence on cardiovascular health rather than just weight loss.

While your bathroom scale and pant size might not show considerable changes post your workout regime, there’s an internal transformation that’s potentially life-saving. The study indicates that engaging in moderate exercise can slash cardiovascular risk by an impressive 41%. Interestingly, this is not merely restricted to women, the demographic group used in the research. Men, too, can likely enjoy similar cardiovascular benefits from regular exercise.

Breaking down the metrics further, it’s revealed that the body mass index (BMI) alterations contributed to only 10% of the risk reduction. In stark contrast, improvements in blood biomarkers represented about a third of the risk reduction. Blood pressure modifications contributed 27%, while a drop in cholesterol levels accounted for a 20% improvement in cardiovascular health.

Another enlightening finding from the study was the considerable drop in cardiovascular risk even with minimal calorie burning. Those who burned between 200 to 599 calories per week saw their risk plummet by 27%. The number further improved for those who burned 600 to 1,499 calories per week, with a 32% risk reduction. Notably, for the high-achievers who incinerated 1,500 calories a week, the risk was slashed by an astonishing 41%.

The crux here is that while weight loss remains a worthy goal, the benefits of regular and moderate exercise stretch far beyond what’s often visible. It’s the hidden, internal benefits that might just be the game-changer, reinforcing the age-old belief that there’s more to health than meets the eye.

The journey to better health and fitness is often riddled with numbers – from the digits on the scale to the calorie counts. Yet, this groundbreaking study offers a refreshing perspective: Perhaps, it’s time to focus less on the external metrics and more on the silent, internal victories. After all, a healthy heartbeats (pun intended) a trim waistline any day!

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Finding the Right Dentist: A Guide to Making an Informed Choice



Beyond White Coats and Pearly Whites: How to Secure the Perfect Dental Care Partner for You.

Navigating the complex waters of healthcare can be daunting, especially when it comes to something as personal and essential as dental care. From evaluating reputations to assessing clinic atmospheres, finding the right dentist can feel like a full-time job. Here’s a breakdown to help you make a decision that will have you smiling.

1. Word-of-Mouth: The Most Traditional Form of Review

When seeking a healthcare provider, especially one who will be poking around in your mouth, the first and most reliable sources are often friends, family, and colleagues. Personal recommendations offer a candid review, providing insights into not just the dentist’s skill but also the clinic’s overall atmosphere and customer service.

Dr. Emily Ross, a leading expert in oral healthcare, stated, “While online reviews give you a snapshot, a recommendation from someone you trust is usually more reliable. Moreover, your previous dental clinic can often recommend someone in your new area.”

2. Practicality Matters: Location, Location, Location

As unromantic as it sounds, the practical elements can be deal-breakers in your quest for the perfect dental care provider. How far are you willing to drive for appointments? Do the clinic’s hours of operation mesh with your schedule? Don’t overlook the emergency policies; dental issues often arise at the most inconvenient times.

“We understand that convenience is a significant factor. That’s why our clinic offers extended hours and emergency services,” says Dr. Laura Kim of Bright Smile Dental Clinic.

3. Pick Up the Phone: The Initial Litmus Test

Your first interaction with your potential new dentist is likely to be a phone call to their clinic. This initial contact can offer an overview of what to expect. Are they accepting new patients? If you have children, it’s crucial to know whether the clinic offers pediatric services to avoid running from one facility to another.

“It’s not just about the services offered; it’s also about the customer experience. From the first call, the patient should feel welcomed,” advises Sarah Manning, a leading healthcare consultant.

4. The Site Visit: An Absolute Must

You wouldn’t buy a house without viewing it, so why would you choose a healthcare provider without visiting the facility? Take note of the cleanliness of the premises, gauge the friendliness of the staff, and, if possible, meet the dentist to ensure you are comfortable with them.

“You need to feel at ease with your dentist. The initial visit can give you a gut feeling about whether you can trust them with your oral health,” says Dr. Ross.

The Last Word: Trust Your Gut

Ultimately, the choice is yours to make. Your comfort, convenience, and overall satisfaction are paramount. Take your time, weigh your options, and trust your instincts. A little bit of research can lead to a long, happy relationship with your dentist.

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Understanding Lewy Body Dementia: More Than Alzheimer’s Lesser-Known Cousin



Demystifying the Second Most Common Progressive Dementia.

Alzheimer’s might steal the spotlight when it comes to dementia-related diseases, but there’s another player on the field that warrants our attention: Lewy body dementia (LBD). Often overshadowed by its better-known relatives, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, LBD is the second most common type of progressive dementia. If someone you know has recently been diagnosed with LBD, understanding the condition can be crucial for managing it effectively.

LBD is a neurocognitive disorder characterized by a decline in thinking, reasoning, and, ultimately, independent function. While Alzheimer’s predominantly affects memory, LBD creates a broader impact on cognitive abilities. Named after Friederich H. Lewy, who first discovered the abnormal protein deposits in the brain, this condition is primarily caused by the presence of alpha-synuclein protein (Lewy bodies) in brain cells. The demographic most affected by this disease is men aged 50 and above.

The condition poses a diagnostic challenge due to its similarities with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Like Alzheimer’s, it impairs cognitive abilities, but unlike Alzheimer’s, memory loss is not always the first symptom. It has motor symptoms similar to Parkinson’s, such as muscle stiffness and tremors, but it’s fundamentally different in how it impacts cognitive function. This ambiguous positioning often leads to misdiagnosis, complicating the medical and therapeutic landscape for LBD.

Lewy body dementia is notorious for its wide range of symptoms. Initial indicators are usually less about memory loss and more about problems with concentration and organizational skills. As the disease progresses, symptoms diversify to include recurrent visual hallucinations, anxiety, and depression. Coupled with the Parkinsons-like symptoms of muscle stiffness and tremors, these signs collectively rob patients of their functional independence.

If you see these red flags in someone who has not yet been diagnosed, a medical consultation should be scheduled immediately. Accurate early diagnosis can significantly help in managing the symptoms and improving the quality of life for the patient.

Despite being the second most common type of progressive dementia, the exact cause of LBD is still shrouded in mystery. Research is ongoing, with much focus being placed on understanding the role of alpha-synuclein in the disease. Medical communities are striving for more accurate diagnostic methods and effective treatment plans, as current medications are often a complex balancing act of managing cognitive, motor, and psychiatric symptoms.

Lewy body dementia is more than just a footnote in the annals of dementia-related diseases. Understanding the complexity of LBD can help in better managing the disease and advocating for more robust medical research. As we continue to explore the unknowns of this condition, education, and early diagnosis remain our best tools in supporting those affected by it.

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Aspirin’s Double-Edged Sword: New Research Sheds Light on Potential Risks



Older Adults Face Increased Risk of Brain Bleeds from Daily Aspirin Regimen.

Long hailed as a preventive measure against heart attacks and strokes, the daily low-dose aspirin regimen has been under the microscope once more. New research indicates that, while aspirin might be effective in some areas, it potentially introduces a grave risk to older adults: a significant increase in the likelihood of brain bleeds.

A study covered by Healthline has thrown the spotlight on a less-discussed side effect of daily aspirin consumption. The research analyzed survey data sourced from over 19,000 older adults. The outcome? A daily aspirin intake doesn’t seem to considerably decrease the risk of having a first heart attack or ischemic stroke, a type of stroke that happens when blood flow to the brain is obstructed.

However, the same regimen was found to elevate the risk of hemorrhagic strokes, which result from bleeding inside the skull, by a staggering 38 percent. Hemorrhagic strokes, while less common than ischemic ones, tend to be more deadly and challenging to treat. Thus, the findings are especially pertinent for older adults considering or currently on a daily aspirin regimen as a preventive measure against cardiovascular events.

Aspirin, an anti-inflammatory and blood-thinning agent, has been championed for its role in preventing blood clots, which are primary contributors to heart attacks and ischemic strokes. Yet, the very properties that make it useful in thwarting clots might be the cause behind the increased hemorrhagic risks, as they can make bleeding events more likely.

These recent revelations compel both healthcare professionals and patients to reconsider the benefits and drawbacks of daily aspirin, especially in older adults. While aspirin’s protective attributes against certain cardiovascular events cannot be overlooked, the heightened risk of severe brain bleeds presents a cautionary tale. As with any medical regimen, the approach to aspirin intake should be personalized, factoring in individual risk profiles and the latest scientific evidence. As the adage goes, “one size fits all” might not be the best fit when it comes to our health.

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