NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island, formerly known as Coney Island Hospital, is celebrating heart health during the month of February with expanded tools for preventing and treating heart disease in southern Brooklyn.
At NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island patients may be evaluated for acute problems such as chest pain or arrhythmias (abnormal heart beats) and given state of the art treatment for their conditions. One of the unique tools available at Coney Island Hospital is the biventricular defibrillator, a cutting-edge device that can help patients improve their heart function for longer, healthier lives.
Heart disease is a major problem in southern Brooklyn, a community that also has one of the highest smoking populations in NYC. For Dr. George Juang, Cardiologist and Cardiac Electrophysiologist at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island, this is no coincidence.
Dr. Juang and his team believe that complete heart disease treatment includes preventative care, which is why the nutrition department at Coney Island Hospital helps patients develop an ongoing heart-healthy lifestyle.
The cardiologist’s message to the community is timeless:
“Every person can improve their heart health by taking three steps: stop smoking, exercise, and eat a heart-healthy diet including lots of fruits, vegetables, fish, and white meat,” he said.
Moderation is especially important when it comes to salt consumption, he added.
Dr. Juang also recommends that those genetically predisposed toward heart disease, particularly the Southeast Asian population, and people of Slavic descent undergo evaluation if they notice symptoms at any age, like chest pain or problems breathing during activity.
Dr. Juang believes that great healthcare providers take the time to truly listen to their patients, which is why he’s proud to work at Coney Island Hospital, where doctors are reachable by phone 24/7.
“In the clinics and on the hospital floors, from the nurses to the residents to the fellows and attendings, we work as a team and we put our heart into treating our patients,” he said.
For appointments please call 1-844-UR-CONEY.