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Health Risks at Each Age & Lifestyle Choices to Make

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Learn the health risks at every age and lifestyle choices you can make to overcome them.
Air Date: 3/9/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Jennifer Haythe, MD
Dr. Jennifer HaytheDr. Jennifer Haythe is a practicing Cardiologist as well as the Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, Co-Director for the Women’s Center for Cardiovascular Health, Director of the Adult Pulmonary Hypertension Center and Director of Cardiac Obstetric Service.

Born in New York City, and raised in both Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut, Dr. Haythe used her competitiveness and determination as a horseback rider at Greenwich Academy to excel at academics as well. Never one to sit still for long, Dr. Haythe knew early on that a regular desk job would not work for her. Drawing on an early love of science and desire to help others made pursuing a career in the medical field a natural fit.

Dr. Haythe went earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, and went on to complete her medical training and residency at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2003. Initially planning a career in Pulmonary Critical Care, Dr. Haythe decided to switch to Cardiology after speaking with her mentor Dr. Donna Mancini.

Upon completing a fellowship for congestive-heart failure-cardiac transplants in 2005 (under Dr. Mancini), and cardiovascular diseases fellowship in 2009, Dr. Haythe began practicing at Columbia University Medical Center. Her specialties include pulmonary hypertension, heart failure and cardiac transplant.

Despite Cardiology being a heavily male dominated medical field, Dr. Haythe has become a sought after specialist in New York City, with particular interest in both chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) and the care of pregnant women with cardiovascular diseases.

Dr. Haythe continues to find her own motivation and determination through the strong patient and family relationships she has forged, and the gratification of helping her patients get a new life with a heart transplant or assist devices, allowing patients to be able to live a full life with their families, as well as helping pregnant women safely deliver children and be able to care for them with post-delivery health care.

Dr. Haythe lives and practices in New York City. When not working, she enjoys an active lifestyle that includes running, boxing and yoga, as well as spending time with her husband, Eli and their two children.
Health Risks at Each Age & Lifestyle Choices to Make
As we age, our bodies are at a greater health risk for many chronic diseases.

Heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and various cancers are a few concerns. You may have to make adaptations to your diet and lifestyle to reduce your risk for these chronic diseases.

What are the health risks at every age and what lifestyle choices can you make to stay healthy?

In your 20s, you should find a primary care doctor you really like and trust. Go to the OB/GYN for annual exams and take care of your body in case of pregnancy. Ask questions about your family history of heart disease.

In your 30s, be careful of weight gain, especially in pregnancy. Pay attention to the signs of thyroid disease. Find out if you have fibroids. Get your blood pressure checked so you can address early signs of heart disease. Take extra vitamin D.

In your 40s and 50s, you need to be especially alert to signs of heart disease. For women, this could be pain in the jaw or arm, shortness of breath, and/or indigestion. These symptoms mimic stress. Check breasts regularly for lumps. Stop smoking if you haven't already. Check your cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure. Know your family history with chronic disease.

Listen in as Dr. Jennifer Haythe discusses how to age with the best health possible.
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