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Saving Money While Protecting Your Health in Tough Economic Times
Date:3/23/2009

Milwaukee MD Saves Patients Money and Improves Health With Advanced but Affordable Diagnostics

MILWAUKEE, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- To save you money and save your health in these tough economic times, your physician may need to be part medical detective as well as a skilled medical doctor.

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"Health issues are not always what they first appear to be," explains Tara Dall, MD, medical director of the Advanced Lipidology Early Detection Center for Heart Disease and Diabetes (in Delafield, a Milwaukee suburb). "Advanced but affordable diagnostic tools can save you money and enhance your health. They can mean a world of difference to you and your whole family."

What Caused Barb's Sudden Heart Attack?

When wife, mom and runner Barb Hankwitz had a sudden and unexplained heart attack several years ago, Dr. Dall used an advanced diagnostic tool (NMR LipoProfile) to detect the presence of heart disease risk which traditional tests had failed to find. The diagnostic assesses the number of lipoprotein particles in the blood -- which, if the number becomes too high, triggers the molecules to penetrate the artery wall and quietly but lethally clog and choke the arteries.

Today Barb is a heart health advocate who spreads the word to women about the importance of using advanced tools and also helps to educate women about the surprisingly different heart attack warning symptoms women may experience compared to men. "In one out of three patients, sudden death is the first warning symptom of heart disease," says Barb. "Luckily there is good science and simple preventive steps you can take to outsmart heart disease," she adds. "When my hair dresser described an odd set of symptoms she was feeling a few weeks ago, I encouraged her to go straight to the ER. She resisted because like many women, we put off tending to our own health. Peer pressure, or should I say customer pressure, made her give in. I truly believe that visit saved her life. We got her to realize how awful it would be for her little boy to lose his mother. That seemed to light a fire under her!"

Is Obesity Lack of Self Control or is it Metabolic Syndrome?

Dr. Dall's center has become a popular and successful source of hope for people who have had years of difficulty losing weight.

"For many -- some estimates say as many as 1 out of 4 or even 1 out of 3 obese women, men and even teens, may be overweight because they have metabolic syndrome -- not because they lack the willpower to control their desire for fattening foods!" explains Dr. Dall. This pre-diabetic condition makes it almost impossible to lose weight on a regular weight loss diet. Dr. Dall uses the findings of the NMR LipoProfile test (www.lipoprofile.com) to identify patients with lipoprotein markers that are common in people with metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance. At the same time the assessment evaluates the patient's heart risk. That is important because when you have diabetes you also have increased risk to the heart. It's like the adage: where there's smoke, there's fire.

Nurse Susan Schneider of Milwaukee brought her daughter Chloe to Dr. Dall after years of diets, physicians, nutritionists, exercise programs, hospitals and even a psychiatrist failed to help her. The thousands of dollars spent on the attempts were nothing compared to the emotional toll the efforts had taken on young Chloe. At the age of 11, Chloe weighed more than 190 lbs. The diagnostic test revealed metabolic syndrome in both Chloe and her mother. Less than two years later, Chloe and her mom have lost more than 100 lbs combined. Their family is thrilled to enjoy camping, boating, hiking, swimming clubs, scout troop activities and more together. Chloe now shops in the junior department and her mom is down to a size 10.

"My life is completely different now," says a beaming Chloe. "When I went back to school after summer to begin the 7th grade, so many people didn't even recognize me! I guess what I'd like to share with other people who have the same problem is not to give up. You need to search for better answers. That's what my mom and I did."

Dr. Dall is a recent recipient of the Mayo Clinic's national award for "Innovations in Preventive Cardiology." And the National Lipid Association recognized her clinic as the first fully certified lipid clinic in the United States. She is a frequent speaker at physician symposia sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. She also lifts weights, is an avid ballroom dancer and enjoys yoga daily to reduce stress.


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