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 with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, 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 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.