For the last 24 years, Dr. Lindsey White has strived to help maintain the heart health of his patients.
“It makes me feel good to help people,” said White, a cardiologist at Eastern Carolina Cardiovascular.
White said diet plays an integral role in caring for your heart and body.
“Good health begins with good nutrition,” said White.
“Often people don’t realize how many calories they are eating.”
He points out that ortion control and limited salt intake is vital for maintaining the health of your heart.
“A lot of salt is hidden in foods,” said White.
White said he encourages people to “avoid tobacco, control their blood pressure and keep their weight under control.”
White said symptoms of heart disease include “chest pain, shortness of breath and feeling faint.”
“People often don’t realize the symptoms of heart disease,” mistakenly thinking they are having indigestion or heartburn, said White.
White said people have also gone to the dentist with pain in the jaw or a toothache that were actually symptoms and warning signs of heart disease.
“Know your family history,” said White.
White said exercise is very important for heart health. The physician said people should talk and consult with their doctor before starting an exercise regimen especially if they are feeling “winded” during exercise.
“Start slow, walk and build up to it,” said White.
White said people can find information about ways to maintain heart health through resources on the Internet.
“Informed people can ask better questions,” and know what warning signs to look for, said White.
White said he has witnessed many advances in the field of cardiology through technology that have led to longer life expectancy.
Technology has led to “better treatment and diagnosis,” said White.
White said some changes have resulted in more comfort and convenience for patients like the catheterization process utilizing the wrist instead of the groin.
Originally from Elizabeth City, White said he always loved science. After he graduated from Northeastern High School, he pursued undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a degree in pharmacy.
White earned his medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University and specialized in the field of cardiology.
White returned to his hometown in 1990 to open his practice where he has helped thousands of patients for more than two decades.