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Advancing Care - January 2023

heart disease

Sneaky signs of heart disease: Are you at risk?

You’re probably aware of the classic signs of a heart attack: the crushing chest pain, the shortness of breath. But what about the less obvious signs of heart disease? It doesn’t always announce itself with a bang. Are there subtle signs you should watch out for that indicate you may have ticker trouble? 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men. About 697,000 people in the United States died from heart disease in 2020—that’s 1 in every 5 deaths. That means someone in dies of cardiovascular disease about every 34 seconds.

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Cardiac arrest or a heart attack: What’s the difference?

When you think of a heart attack, you probably envision seeing someone clutch their chest in pain and fall to the ground. But heart emergencies don’t always stick to this script – especially in women.

The first thing to remember is this: Cardiac arrest and heart attack are not the same thing.

Read more about the differences

New year, new start on weight-loss goals

If you're looking to press the restart button on your health, you're not alone. Each year, one in three Americans resolve to get healthy and lose weight. The fact that losing weight is among the most popular resolutions suggests just how difficult it can be.

Being overweight isn't simply a result of overeating. Contributing factors include genetics, heredity, environment, metabolic factors and eating disorders. Obesity can cause serious health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, joint pain and certain cancers.

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Scholarships available from YNHH Auxiliary 

The Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary is offering 10 scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each to area high school students planning to pursue a career in a health-related profession. 

Scholarships are based on academic excellence; financial need; personal statement; and community service, including school and community activities and/or employment. 

Applicants must be high school seniors who are residents of one of the following towns: Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Wallingford, West Haven or Woodbridge. 

Applications may be requested at [email protected]  or 203-688-5717. Submission deadline is March 17. 

Kick your cholesterol to the curb

Yale New Haven Health offers “Curb Your Cholesterol," a self-monitoring program to help you reduce your cholesterol levels. This program gives you tools to improve your cholesterol numbers and includes weekly coaching sessions. The program is ideal for those diagnosed with high cholesterol levels or other heart-related conditions.

Learn more about the “Curb Your Cholesterol" program by calling Home Care Plus - Community Healthcare & Hospice at 866-474-5230.

YNHHS moves to paperless billing 

To deliver a more secure, convenient and eco-friendly way to view your bills, YNHHS switched to paperless billing for MyChart users on Jan. 3, 2023. Instead of receiving a paper bill by mail each month, MyChart users will now receive an email, text, and/or notification when they have a new Yale New Haven Health, Northeast Medical Group or Yale Medicine balance available for viewing.

If you prefer a paper statement, you can opt out and change back to paper statements.

Learn more about paperless billing at YNHHS

Find a Doc at YNHH

Are you looking for a physician? Call 888-700-6543 or visit our Find a Doctor feature for information on physician specialties, office hours and locations as well as insurance plans accepted. Many of our physician practices offer telehealth video visits for your convenience. 

Billing questions? 

Yale New Haven Health offers financial counseling to patients and families. Spanish-speaking counselors are also available. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 855-547-4584.