Heart Health

April 27, 2020

Heart Attacks during COVID-19 – Advanced Protocols Keep You Safe

By Robert A. Poarch “The message has to be out there. Don’t be afraid. Listen to your symptoms. Call 911,” warned Angela Solesbee, RN, CCCC, Code STEMI Coordinator with Mission Heart Services at Mission Health. Solesbee has been with Mission Health’s Code STEMI team for twenty years, and she said, “In my career here, this […]

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February 20, 2020

Do You Have a “Leaky Heart”? What You Need to Know about Mitral Valve Regurgitation

 By Robert A. Poarch Our heart works hard, beating more than 100,000 times and pumping about 2,000 gallons of blood each day. During the day, we don’t think much about our heart. Until it starts to give us problems, such as a “leaky heart.” What it means to have a leaky heart valve. “A ‘leaky’ […]

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February 18, 2020

Pregnancy and Congenital Heart Disease: Having a Baby if You Have a Heart Defect

By Cheri Hinshelwood According to the Adult Congenital Heart Association, if one parent has a congenital heart disease (CHD), the risk of having a child with CHD is 3-6 percent — and even higher if the parent is the mother. Advanced heart care has turned the impossibility of motherhood for women born with heart defects […]

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December 17, 2019

Cholesterol – A Silent Killer: Don’t Let High Cholesterol Steal Your Vitality

By Stephen Kimmel, MD, Blue Ridge Medical Center – Yancey Campus One of my favorite professors from medical school started a lecture by walking to the center of the stage without any notes, staring out into the class and saying dramatically, “I know how you are going to die!” It was an engaging start to […]

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November 19, 2019

Give Your Heart a Boost – Is LVAD Right for You?

In the US, thousands of people with advanced heart failure are awaiting heart transplants. Others have hearts so weak, they’re not expected to live a year, but they no longer meet the criteria for a transplant. For them, one option is a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), a pump surgically connected to the heart that […]

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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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