Men’s Health

April 4, 2019

A Pump and Electrical Wiring – Preserving Heart Health

By Todd H. Hansen, MD Think of the heart as a pump. Specifically, an electro-mechanical pump that propels blood through the lungs and throughout the whole body. It has electrical wiring that generates electricity. That electric current causes the heart muscles of the pumping chambers to contract to push blood through the arteries of the […]

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March 6, 2019

How Better Tasting Prep Makes for Easier Colonoscopies

In order for a colonoscopy to be complete and accurate, the patient’s colon must be completely cleaned. While this part of the test has been met with apprehension by patients over the years, it is now easier than ever. At Mission Hospital McDowell, the preferred test prep drink is a combination of Gatorade and Miralax. […]

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February 1, 2019

Off Beat – Is Your Heart Stuck in Fourth Gear? Take our AFib Quiz

“Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is like your heart being stuck in fourth gear,” said Jason Lappe, MD, cardiologist at Asheville Cardiology Associates, an affiliate of Mission Health. “It may be operating fast, but your heart’s output is reduced by 20 percent.” Understand your risk – take our AFib quiz and review the answers  below to see […]

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January 23, 2019

Myths about Penile Implants – A “Novelty” Procedure

Forget what you heard or thought you knew about penile implants. Our expert at Mission Urology, Scott Sech, MD, a board-certified urologist, helps separate fact from fiction on this misunderstood healthcare option for men. Myth: Penile implants are novelty procedures. Fact: Men who choose a penile implant (also known as penile prosthesis) tend to suffer […]

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January 14, 2019

Making Decisions with Your Child Now to Help Protect Against HPV Later

By Stephen Kimmel, MD Elizabeth Stone famously wrote, “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” As parents we are tasked with nurturing our young ones, protecting them and preparing them to live full lives. Some things […]

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January 10, 2019

A Vasectomy is Permanent – Should You Make the Cut?

Birth control is typically associated with women’s health – but are there birth control options for men, too? You bet – our experts at Mission Urology weigh in. Vasectomy is a popular form of birth control for men that is highly successful, reliable and low-risk – approximately 500,000 men in the US choose to have […]

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November 29, 2018

More than Sex – Sexual Health Is an Important Part of Our Well-being

By Aleece Fosnight, Urogynecology When you hear or see the word “sex,” what comes to your mind? Do you cringe because it reminds you of all the negative things your parents or other adults said about it? Does it bring you curiosity because you are looking into ways to spice up your relationship? Or, are […]

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November 20, 2018

The HPV Vaccine Helps Prevent Cancer: When Should Your Child Get It?

By Ashley McClary, MD Have you heard? There’s a vaccine that may help prevent cancer for your child! The HPV vaccine has been part of the routine vaccine schedule for the past 12 years and is designed to protect your child from becoming infected with a virus that causes cancer. The HPV, or human papillomavirus, […]

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November 14, 2018

PSA: How to Prevent Prostate Cancer and the Importance of Catching it Early

By John Burns, MD November, also known as MOvember, is the month we recognize men’s health. Does that explain the more than usual amount of “Mos,” or mustaches? Movember started in 2003 as a challenge for a few men to grow out their mustaches in an attempt to bring back a style pioneered by the […]

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November 4, 2018

Bathroom Blues: An Overactive Bladder Can Be Very Demanding

Nobody should know the location of every bathroom in western North Carolina, but some do. Opening the door or simply driving into the garage can trigger an uncontrollable urge to urinate. Learn how to reclaim your life from some leading urology experts. What is overactive bladder? According to Brian Cohen, MD, urologist with Mission Urology, […]

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