Greetings from Dr. Joseph E. Parrillo
Dear Friends and Supporters:
As chairman of the Heart & Vascular Hospital at HackensackUMC, I can assure you that we are dedicated to providing the highest quality cardiac care for our patients. Here is just one example:
At 86, Eleanor, lives at home alone. When she wakes in the morning, the effort it takes to get out of bed and brush her teeth makes her severely short of breath. Every day, it gets worse. For her, conventional surgery would be impossible. TAVR, the ground-breaking Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement procedure that avoids open heart surgery, has given her a new lease on life and a renewed ability to perform and even enjoy her everyday activities. Now, she breathes easily on her walk to the corner store and looks forward to spending time with her newest great-grandchild.
When I first saw the TAVR procedure performed in 2012, I felt like I was watching an historic event. For years, surgeons had been searching for alternatives to open heart surgery for aortic stenosis. Frustratingly, they had very little to offer to symptomatic patients too elderly, too frail, or too ill to endure a major surgery.
Now, that has changed. TAVR, or transcatheter aortic valve replacement-is a realistic alternative for patients with aortic stenosis who, until now, may have had no real options. Since its inception, HackensackUMC has performed more than 200 TAVR procedures with impressive results.
TAVR is only one of the revolutionary procedures that we do here at the HVH, and one of the reasons we are recognized as the Best Hospital in the state of New Jersey (US NEWS). We are very grateful for the philanthropy of patients and friends who have witnessed our commitment to providing exceptional care. It is the generosity of those we serve that propels us forward and allows us to provide life changing procedures like TAVR. Please consider making a gift to help maintain HVH as a leader. There is so much more to do and we are counting on your help.
Joseph E. Parrillo, M.D.
Chairman, Heart & Vascular Hospital
New York Giants Great Phil Simms
shares his GAMEPLAN with you.
Heart disease continues to be a leading cause of death in the U.S. But there is hope. And that hope is the Heart & Vascular Hospital at HackensackUMC. Ranked #32 out of more than 700 nationwide hospitals in Cardiology & Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report, the
Heart & Vascular Hospital at HackensackUMC is a world-class destination for cardiovascular care in the region and beyond.
As a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack in 2015 by Healthgrades, and one of the "100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs" by Becker's Hospital Review, this "hospital within a hospital" delivers the region's broadest array of cardiac services under one roof.
Phil Simms' Game Plan for a healthy heart
1.Know Your Team History: Learn about any family history that may increase your risk. Then get tested to learn your "numbers" regarding good and bad cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.
2. Talk to Your Coach: Preventive medicine is the simplest, most cost effective way to maintain a healthy heart. Make a plan with an informed physician. If you don't have one, the Heart & Vascular Hospital at HackensackUMC can help.
3. Know the Score: It's no secret that smoking is very bad for your heart. Just don't do it.
4. Know the Signals: If lifestyle changes aren't enough, talk with a physician about medications that will keep your cholesterol at safe levels.
5. Fuel for Performance: Establish a healthy eating plan that includes the healthiest foods within the nutritional groups.
6. Stay in Peak Form: Carrying excess weight wreaks havoc on a healthy heart. Find out your optimum weight and strive to maintain it.
7. Keep Your Equipment in Good Order: Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do to establish and maintain heart health. You can start small, like a 10-minute walk. But start today.
8. Know Your Stats: Stress, diet, weight, exercise, medication- all have an effect on your blood pressure. Consult with a physician and establish a custom plan for your lifestyle.
9.Know the Opponent: Blood sugar that is out of healthy balance will damage your heart. Developing a diet and exercise plan is a good start toward correction. When that's not enough, speak with a physician about medications that can help.
10. Take a Time Out: There are many ways to reduce stress, such as exercise or mind-body techniques. Seek out various methods, experiment and see which ones work best for you.