Heart Health

May 25, 2018

This Machine Is Saving Lives – Barbara Stott’s ECMO Story

Those are the words of Barbara Stott of Columbus. It’s a statement she can make with full certainty. In August 2016, she aspirated following heart surgery, causing her lungs to fail. Fortunately for her, Mission Hospital had recently acquired an ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) machine that assists heart and lung functioning. Stott was placed in […]

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May 22, 2018

Heart Attack and Stroke – What’s the Connection?

Healthcare professionals often discuss heart attack and stroke in relation to one another. This is because the two conditions share a large number of risk factors, including coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is caused by plaque buildup in the arteries. This leads to reduced blood flow, which is a danger for both the heart and […]

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May 18, 2018

Angina, Echo, Murmur – Wait, What’s That Mean? Cardiovascular Terms Demystified

While angina, murmurs and heart attacks are widespread, sadly, confusion about their meanings is also common. Let’s take a closer look at six misunderstood terms. “Since the internet can be overwhelming, your doctor is your best resource,” said Sarah Ciccotto, MD, cardiologist at Asheville Cardiology Associates, an affiliate of Mission Health. Angina – This term refers to […]

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February 23, 2018

Young at Heart – My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 14

What was the last thing you ate? Why did you eat it – because you were hungry? Bored? A protein bar or bag of chips was just sitting there? A coworker brought cookies or donuts to the breakroom? Or maybe you started your day with breakfast like you always do. Whatever it was, whenever it […]

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February 22, 2018

Heart-Healthy Recipe – Featured on Facebook LIVE with Rhubarb’s Chef Fleer

This tasty, heart-healthy, all vegetarian recipe was demonstrated LIVE on Facebook with Rhubarb owner and chef John Fleer and Mission Heart cardiologist Brian Asbill, MD. Make this meal at home for a healthy meal that doesn’t compromise on flavor. Seared IPA Brined Cauliflower with Flageolet Ragout and Sweet and Sour Collard Greens Cauliflower Steaks 1 […]

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February 8, 2018

How Your Heart Works – My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 13

If we asked you what the human heart’s main function was, could you give the right answer? You will by the end of this episode of My Healthy Life. In recognition of Heart Month, we’re talking about the heart of the matter – our hearts. Most episodes of My Healthy Life start with questions, then […]

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February 7, 2018

Are “Good Fats” a Real Thing?

Believe it or not, consuming fats can be good for you. Fats are an essential part of our diet and are important for good health. However, not all fats are created equal, and understanding the benefits of healthy fats and their benefits will help you lower your risk of heart disease while contributing to a […]

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February 2, 2018

Wear Red, Raise Awareness for Heart Disease in Women

If you’re seeing lots of friends and family donning red, it’s important to know why. While most people know that February is Heart Month, many may not realize that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in women. Wearing red helps raise awareness for heart disease in women, and we join together with […]

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December 20, 2017

Get in the Zone – Do You Know Your Target Heart Rate?

Everyone knows exercising is a key to weight loss and a healthy lifestyle – but did you know managing your heart rate can help you maximize your efforts? “People starting an exercise program such as jogging or cycling will often over exert themselves, which is not needed and can be detrimental,” said Johnathan Davidson, MD, […]

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December 4, 2017

Can Owning a Dog Truly Improve Your Health? Our Expert Weighs In on a Recent Study

By William R. Hathaway, MD, FACC Chief Medical Officer, Mission Health A recent study shows that owning a dog is associated with a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and death. As a happy owner of dogs throughout my life – including my golden retriever, Beau, who is a therapy dog – I can’t say I’m […]

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