Heart Health

September 4, 2019

Ask the Doctor: What Is Lifestyle Medicine? Brian Asbill, MD, Answers

Brian Asbill, MD, cardiologist at Asheville Cardiology Associates and Mission Heart, became the first person in the world to become certified in Lifestyle Medicine. Who better than to answer some questions about it? What is lifestyle medicine? Lifestyle medicine is the evidence-based practice of helping individuals adopt and sustain healthy behaviors that affect health and […]

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July 1, 2019

Is Meat Destroying Your Colon? The Link between Meat and Colorectal Cancer

Years ago, cigarettes were put on notice as we decided to eschew the nostalgia of the Marlboro Man and the James Dean cool of a smoke. We accepted the direct link of cigarettes to both vascular disease and lung cancer, and the need to avoid inhaling a strong carcinogen. As a result, lung cancer deaths are […]

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April 26, 2019

Eggcellent Advice: The Relationship Between High Cholesterol and Eggs

By Sam LaRose It’s been reported that consuming eggs in some form as a part of our daily breakfast has been part of our morning rituals in America since the end of the Civil War. Ever since, eggs have remained a mainstay in the American diet. “Eggs are the No. 1 source of dietary cholesterol […]

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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 20, 2019

LVAD: Beating Heart (Shortages)

By Sam LaRose For most people, a healthy heart is something that is easily taken for granted. Many do not have to worry about their placement on a waiting list or their compatibility with an available donor. For some individuals, however, the gift of a new heart is just what they need but is just […]

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March 15, 2019

Kale Yeah! Begin a Plant-Based Diet with this Recipe

A renowned chef and cardiologist walk into a kitchen and step in front of a camera. No, it’s not the beginning of a dad joke, it’s the start of a delicious and hearty dish of Indian-Style Lentils with Carrots and Kale. What was supposed to be a Facebook Live – but turned into a video […]

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February 28, 2019

Why Maintaining a Healthy Heart is Key to a Long and Active Life

By Todd H. Hansen, MD Think of the heart as a pump. Specifically, an electro-mechanical pump that pumps blood through the lungs and throughout the whole body. It actually 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 body. The heart […]

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February 26, 2019

What Happens When There’s an Electrical Storm in Your Heart? – My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 18

By Ferriss Roberts Our heart beat can give a lot of insight to our heart health. This is especially true when it comes to atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart arrhythmia. Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, impacts approximately five million Americans with 200,000 new cases each year. Our featured guest in this episode of […]

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February 22, 2019

Don’t Miss a Beat – Signs of Heart Disease You Should Know

It’s Heart Month, and we want you to keep the beat all month long – and beyond! If you missed the discussion on women’s heart health during Facebook Live on Feb. 12 with cardiologist and heart expert Sarah Ciccotto, MD, here’s a recap of our hearty conversation. The signs and symptoms of heart disease: Signs […]

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February 21, 2019

A Higher Standard: Teamwork helped Lucille McClure Survive A Stroke

Having a stroke is a scary and confusing experience. During such a disorienting time, your life is in someone else’s hands. When those hands also happen to be capable and caring, it can make all the difference in your outcome. Lucille McClure of Highlands, and her husband, Richard, said that was definitely the case when […]

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