Urban Healthcare Initiative Program Videos

THE COST OF ALCOHOLISM
Video by Dr. Alexander Salerno

Addiction comes in a lot of shapes, forms and substances. And today I’m going to talk about alcoholism, a legal drug with costly consequences.

So let’s look into the numbers, the direct cost of alcoholism, annually, cost our society $225 billion dollars. Governments, local, regional, national, pick up nearly 50% of those costs, and these are just the direct costs.

Also we have to consider the indirect costs. What it costs families, what it costs jobs, what it costs to your own personal social life and well-being. Alcoholism is a disease and an illness no different than diabetes and hypertension. The only shame is not asking questions and seeking help.

Knowledge is power. Get the facts, make a change, make a difference.


MEN AND HEART DISEASE
Video by Dr. Alexander Salerno

Hi, I’m Dr. Salerno. Men and heart disease. We all know men make the worst patients for their philosophy is, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Clearly that’s a broken philosophy. in today’s 21st century. Men take better care of their cars than they do of their own health. Unfortunately, a car engine has a check engine light when there’s a problem, but a man’s heart does not.

So how do we prevent this condition? Here’s one four-letter word for you, diet. Men, historically, think more is better but when it comes to eating, let’s replace the dinner plate with a salad plate and go to four, five small meals a day, protein rich and carb light.

Number two, exercise, and I’m not talking about zumba classes. I’m just talking about simply walking 40 minutes a day, every day. Whether it’s on a treadmill or in a park or in a school track.

And finally, social activities; smoking and drinking. Moderation is the key to your well-being. Especially when it comes to alcohol, one to two drinks and smoking, altogether, let’s just cut it out.

So what are the next steps, gentlemen? Think of your doctor as your mechanic. Pull in for a 10-point inspection. Ask questions because knowledge is power. Getting the facts makes a difference.


HOW TO HAVE A HEALTHY HEART
Video by Dr. Alexander Salerno

Hi, I’m Dr. Salerno. Did you know that #hearthealth is directly tied to your #waistline and what’s on your plate? #UHIP’s shares quick and easy tips to help prevent serious #heart problems in our latest #KnowledgeIsPower video! Watch it now & then share!

#heathy #healthyheart #diet #exercise #heartdisease #prevention

*NOTE*The information provided is for informational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional.


SOCIAL DRINKING VS ALCOHOLISM
Video by Dr. Alexander Salerno

Social drinking is a social event, grabbing a drink at the end of a day or at the end of a week with a friend or a colleague. Whereas alcoholism is a manifestation of a disease and an illness. There’s a big difference between the two and now we’re here to discuss how do you determine which is which.

So to determine if you’re a social drinker versus an alcoholic, here are some basic questions and behaviors you have to ask yourself. One, do you drink to get drunk? Two, do you hide your habit? And question number three, has drinking impacted your social and professional life such as drunk driving, financial consequences, challenges in the workplace and, most importantly, challenges in the home place?

So if you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, or even hesitated, in being able to answer any of these questions, maybe it’s time that you take inventory and stock of your life. Alcoholism is a threatening condition.

Knowledge is power. Seek the right help because help is available.


HEART DISEASE IN WOMEN
Video by Dr. Alexander Salerno

Hi, I’m Dr. Alexander Salerno and I’m here today to talk about women and heart disease.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in this country. One-in-three African-American women die from heart disease versus one-in-thirty-three African-American women die from breast cancer. As a medical community, we’re doing a poorer job in recognizing, protecting and treating women over the age of 50, compared to men over the age of 50, when it comes to heart disease.

So risk factors for heart disease in women include genetics, the concept that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Number two, diabetes. Number three, chronic kidney disease, which affects one in nine americans. Number four, hypertension and hypertensive heart disease. And finally, obesity.

So how do we reduce this risk?

As my father used to say, a pound of prevention is better than a ton of treatment. See your physician, check your blood pressure, understand your cholesterol, look at your waistline and look at your diet. What you put in your body counts.

Number two, a baby aspirin a day keeps the cardiologist away. And number three, drugs like statins, which reduce not only cholesterol, but inflammation proteins, that are the building blocks to heart disease and cardiovascular events.

So what are the next steps? Ladies, you have to own it. Take control. Ask the right questions.

Knowledge is power. Until you know the facts can’t make a difference.

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