Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best ways to live a long, healthy life. Dr. Ellen Mellow, an accomplished cardiologist and internist in the Maiden Lane Cardiology location located in the Upper East Side of New York, NY, applies her unique medical background and training to guide patients in safe and effective weight management. To learn more about the most modern and beneficial weight loss and weight management options, call Maiden Lane Cardiology today to schedule an appointment.
Medical weight management is not diet pills, fad diets or surgery. Medical weight loss management is based on the latest in medical scientific evidence that targets the root causes of weight gain and obesity. Dr. Mellow and her staff provide the guidance and treatment needed for her patients to meet their weight loss goals and maintain those goals for life.
Who Can Benefit From Medical Weight Loss?
Whether the goal is to lose 10 pounds or 100 pounds, medical weight loss enables our patients to achieve their goals as quickly and as safely as possible. Our weight management program is especially beneficial for patients who have a BMI or body mass index of 30 or higher since they are most at risk for other serious medical conditions.
What Testing Is Needed to Determine a Person’s Need for Weight Management?
Health History involves reviewing a patient’s weight-loss efforts, weight history, eating patterns, any existing conditions, stress levels, medications and other health issues. A physician may also review a patient’s family health history to determine if they are predisposed to certain medical conditions.
General physical exam includes measuring height and weight; checking vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate and temperature; listening to the lungs and heart, and examining the abdomen.
Calculating BMI a person’s body mass index (BMI) determines their level of obesity. BMI should be checked at least once a year. This helps determine a patient’s overall risk and any treatments that may be appropriate.
Measuring waist circumference Visceral fat or abdominal fat, fat stored around the waist, increases a person’s risk of diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. Females with a waist measurement of more than 35 inches (80 cm) and males with a waist measurement of more
than 40 inches (102 cm) are more prone to health risks than those with smaller waist measurements. A patient’s waist circumference should be checked at least once a year.
Blood tests required depend on a patient’s health, any current symptoms they may have and risk factors. These tests can include liver function tests, a cholesterol test, a thyroid test and others.
A physician may also recommend certain types of heart tests, such as an EKG (electrocardiogram).