Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Loyola's Emily Tuerk talks with WJOL about promoting heart health

Emily Tuerk, MD, a Loyola adult internist and pediatrician, talks about heart health for the whole family and how she touches upon that subject in nearly every patient visit she has.

She says that there's room for optimism; some studies show that the trend toward obesity in American children is starting to stabilize. She says people often don't think about what's really important with their diet. Is there too much sodium? Is there enough fiber? Am I eating enough fruit and vegetables?

She said the symptoms of a heart attack aren't just chest pain, but also include fatigue, nausea and arm, shoulder or jaw pain. And it could be pain in either arm. She said for good family heart health that parents have to set an example and provide a well-balanced diet, emphasize the importance of activity and limit screen time. She talks about how women are more likely to die of heart disease because it is underdiagnosed. Dr. Tuerk said managing stress is another important part of good heart health.

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About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.