Stopping heart attacks in their tracks

Heart bypass surgeries can be replaced with lifestyle changes and proper medication, a medical expert on heart health told a conference in Grand Cayman this month.

Dr. Michael Ozner met with a group of local and international healthcare professionals to discuss his Six Week Cardiac Makeover.

During his presentation, Dr. Ozner, who is best selling author of the books, the Miami Mediterranean Diet and the Great American Heart Hoax, noted that 41 per cent of deaths in Cayman are heart-disease related.

He believes that heart bypasses can be replaced with changes to lifestyles and correct medication and that a preventative approach is better than intervention.

With the help of local physicians, Dr. Ozner and his team can determine patients’ diabetic and heart disease statuses, enabling the right treatment to be provided at the right time. He believes that, over time, cardiovascular disease can be eliminated from the population.

Mark Scotland, Cayman’s minister of health, told the audience at the presentation: “We are constantly looking for ways to improve our medical resources. Our nation’s primary asset is our people and the health of our community should take priority in everything we do.”

During the past, doctors measured patients’ cholesterol levels to determine the risks of heart attacks and strokes. However, Dr. Ozner said doctors had been measuring the wrong thing. “We should have been measuring the particles that carry cholesterol,” he said.

Dr. Ozner urged the public to get frequent medical check-ups when healthy. “Don’t wait until you’re sick,” he advised.

Local physician and emcee for the night Dr. Sook Yin said: “Our local medical personnel will be able to build on their knowledge in order to improve efforts to lower the risk and manage heart disease and stroke in the Cayman Islands – and our patients can begin on a path to becoming heart attack proof.”

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