Alon Gitig, MD, is the Director of Cardiology for Mount Sinai Doctors Westchester, and the Medical Director of the Mount Sinai Heart Failure Alliance. He is a non-invasive cardiologist with more than 15 years of experience managing all forms of chronic cardiac diseases. He has been consistently recognized by his peers for his expertise in the field for many years, as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor selection, and has been honored in Westchester Magazine and New York Magazine for these achievements.
Dr. Gitig’s clinical passion is attempting to optimize success rates of cardiovascular disease prevention. Cardiovascular disease will affect approximately 1 in 2 healthy, 50-year old Americans during their remaining lifetime, and recent studies show that the majority of healthy 40- and 50-year olds already have atherosclerotic plaque in their arteries, in many cases involving more than one vessel. Dr. Gitig approaches patients with the assumption that arterial disease can be prevented in the majority of people through their 60s and 70s and possibly beyond, if personalized risk assessments are used to identify all potential root cause drivers of atherosclerosis present in a given individual.
Using the best science available, Dr. Gitig utilizes cutting-edge testing to uncover the presence of any potential drivers of atherosclerosis (eg lipid disorders, inflammation, insulin resistance, suboptimal blood pressure control, genetics), as well as CT and/or ultrasound vascular imaging to establish underlying plaque burden. In his experience, using an integrative approach focused heavily on lifestyle optimization (nutrition, exercise counseling, stress and sleep optimization), alongside pharmacological intervention where necessary, usually results in these risk factors improving back into the normal range. Research now suggests that this leads to marked reduction in risk for cardiovascular events (as well as improving risk for cognitive decline/dementia).
He is trained in the evidence-based Bale Doneen Method, and in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction practice.
Dr. Gitig has been featured in News 12 Westchester, Westchester Magazine, AARP.org, LiveStrong.com, and the Yonkers Times.
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