Heart Health

February 5, 2019

The World’s Smallest Pacemaker Helps Keep the Heart Stronger than Ever

By Ferriss Roberts Irreplaceable and meant to last – sounds more like a promising love story than advancements in healthcare technology, but we promise it’s still good for the heart. If doctors would have told us 60 years ago a device the size of a vitamin could keep the heart going, we wouldn’t have believed […]

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February 1, 2019

Home Base for Heart Monitoring – How Technology Helped Keep Anne Buchanan Out of Hospital

Western North Carolina is known for its long and winding roads. And while the scenic journeys add to the charm of our region, they can be a hindrance for those who need to travel for medical care. Anne Buchanan of Morganton knows this firsthand. The 77 year old frequently traveled to Mission Hospital in Asheville […]

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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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September 6, 2018

Wait, You Can Reverse Heart Disease? Taking Care of Our Hearts with Food

By Lucy Jones Brian Asbill, MD, cardiologist and board-certified lipidologist, inspires us to think of food as medicine – for not only preventing, but reversing heart disease. Studies have shown that higher meat consumption links to higher risk of coronary heart disease. Coronary heart disease occurs when cholesterol builds up in your heart arteries, which […]

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May 25, 2018

This Machine Is Saving Lives – Barbara Stott’s ECMO Story

Those are the words of Barbara Stott of Columbus. It’s a statement she can make with full certainty. In August 2016, she aspirated following heart surgery, causing her lungs to fail. Fortunately for her, Mission Hospital had recently acquired an ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) machine that assists heart and lung functioning. Stott was placed in […]

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May 22, 2018

Heart Attack and Stroke – What’s the Connection?

Healthcare professionals often discuss heart attack and stroke in relation to one another. This is because the two conditions share a large number of risk factors, including coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is caused by plaque buildup in the arteries. This leads to reduced blood flow, which is a danger for both the heart and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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