Heart Health

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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November 17, 2017

Linda’s Story – How a Device Called the Watchman Gave Her Freedom from Fear of Stroke

Linda Johnson remembers it like it was yesterday. While she was getting ready to leave town for a vacation, she suddenly fell down and blacked out. After seeing her physician, Johnson soon learned the cause of her incident was a condition called atrial fibrillation, also known as A-Fib. Patients with A-Fib have an irregular heartbeat […]

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October 11, 2017

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: How Does It Happen and What Can Be Done to Prevent It?

In sudden cardiac arrest, the heart is suddenly unable to pump blood effectively to the rest of the body, leading to loss of consciousness. Sudden cardiac arrest most often occurs in the setting of abnormal heart rhythms from a variety of causes (more on that below). If the heartbeat is not restored to a regular […]

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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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