Heart Health

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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, […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more