Making Life Sweeter

By Leslie Moore

Sue Townsend, Chocolate and Coffee House The Exchange in Litchfield

Sue Townsend, Chocolate and Coffee House The Exchange in Litchfield

Tell us a little about you and your family.

I’m originally from Goa, India, but I now live in North Myrtle Beach. I am single, and my parents still live in India, but I do have a sister close by – she is a psychiatrist in Charlotte. The best thing about living in this area is the weather, plus I’ve found the people to be so warm and friendly.

What common theme runs through the first visits with new patients?

They are usually quite anxious, and don’t know what to expect. Most of the time, they imagine stuff that is much worse than the reality. I always try to reassure my patients, and explain as clearly as I can about their condition – usually we do run additional cardiac tests, so keeping patients in the loop about their diagnosis and prognosis is very important.

Heart disease is a very real risk for women. One in three women will die from some form of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes (while mortality from breast cancer is about one in 30). Women are somewhat protected during their childbearing years, but after menopause, their risk is the same as men. Symptoms are atypical as well, and fewer women seek and get optimum treatment.

What is the most important thing our readers can do to care for their hearts?

Lifestyle changes make the most difference. About 80% of heart disease is caused by modifiable risk factors. A healthy diet, with an emphasis on fresh vegetables and fruits, moderate aerobic exercise (30 minutes of fast walking 5 days a week will make a big difference) and, of course, no smoking. Once a person has risk factors such high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol, compliance with medication, as well as good communication with their physician, is very important.

Why did you choose McLeod Loris Seacoast?

When I considered this program, I was impressed with their commitment to clinical excellence and good health in the community. I am very happy with the level of care we are able to offer our patients.

How do you relax?

I am just learning to golf – and I’m terrible! But, I am enjoying it. Several times a week I go to the gym, and I love to walk on the beach.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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