Heart Health

August 25, 2017

The Heart Truth about Diabetes – Greater Risk for Heart Problems

“People with diabetes are at higher risk of heart disease as a result of insulin resistance and high blood sugar, both of which are damaging to blood vessels,” said Autumn Carroll, clinical pharmacist and diabetes educator at Mission Health. “This damage to blood vessels can happen in any area of the body, but when it […]

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August 9, 2017

Four Ways to Find the Best Care – Ted’s Tips after “Seeking Excellence” for His Heart Surgery

Healthcare is personal — especially when it comes to your heart. That’s why you want care that suits — not only you — but your family and support system, too. So how did one Mission Health patient who came to Asheville from Charleston, South Carolina, choose Mission Heart for his heart care? He did his […]

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July 12, 2017

Ornish Can Reverse Heart Disease – But What Exactly is Ornish?

For those who have experienced a critical cardiac event, options for the best path forward may seem limited or unrealistic. However, Dr. Dean Ornish has dedicated over 30 years of research into heart disease and lifestyle modification to develop the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Program. With the focus of four key elements, this comprehensive cardiac rehab […]

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July 11, 2017

My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 11 – Recognizing a Stroke Could Mean Saving a Life

Do you know the signs and symptoms of a stroke? Could you recognize if you or someone around you was experiencing a stroke? What if we told you that knowing those key symptoms could mean saving a life – your own, or even someone else’s? Every six seconds, someone in the world is experiencing a […]

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April 13, 2017

Preventing Heart Disease – Five Ways to Give Yourself the Best Odds

Did you know you can prevent heart disease? And if you already have heart disease, you can slow it down? The truth is you can help lower your risk. But how? Don’t smoke. If you smoke, quitting is probably the most important thing you can do. Medicines and counseling can help you quit. And no […]

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February 22, 2017

High Blood Pressure – What Exactly Does That Mean?

By Michael Romig, DO Asheville Cardiology Associates – Hendersonville When it comes to your blood pressure, do you really know what that means? Educating yourself on blood pressure is important because is attributes to more than 360,000 American deaths each year. In fact, high blood pressure is quite common, with more than 3 million cases per […]

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February 20, 2017

Help for Heart Rhythm Disorders Is Here – Technology Brings a Cure

By Cheri Hinshelwood Electrical impulses in your heart signal each chamber to beat. Short circuits or misfires can create abnormal rhythms known as arrhythmias. Electrophysiology is the study and treatment of heart rhythm disorders and is one of the most rapidly evolving areas of healthcare today. New Technology “With advances in technology, we’re now able […]

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February 17, 2017

What is Code STEMI? Quick Heart Attack Response Could Save Your Life

By Jennifer Sellers During a heart attack, time loss is muscle loss, said Angela Solesbee, RN, CCCC, STEMI Coordinator for Mission Heart. Delayed treatment can increase damage to the heart muscle and also increase the risk of death. In the past, this was a particular danger for heart attack patients who live and work in […]

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February 16, 2017

Five Heart-Healthy Exercises You Can Do at Your Desk

Just because you’re at the office, that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate some desk exercises to keep your cardiovascular health on track. Short bouts of exercise between conference calls and checking emails will help improve fitness levels and heart health while burning a few extra calories. In addition, a minimal amount of extra activity can […]

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February 13, 2017

Health Benefits of Chocolate – What Is Flavanol, and How Does It Help Your Heart?

By Laura Tolle Registered Dietitian So, you want to give your Valentine some chocolate. Go ahead, but keep it on the healthier side. Is that possible? Yes, here’s the why and how. The cacao bean is actually rich in a type of plant nutrient called flavonoids. Flavonoids are found in a variety of fruits and […]

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