Heart Health

February 14, 2019

The Boyer Family and “The Best, Worst Experience” – My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 17

By Ferriss Roberts In October 2018, the Boyer family planned a small family reunion in Asheville (pictured). Visiting from northern Michigan, they did all of the things that tourists do when visiting our travel-friendly city that welcomes people to the mountains. They stayed at a cabin, enjoyed meals at one of the many award-winning restaurants […]

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February 8, 2019

Michele Pilon: Transylvania Regional Hospital Helps Community Members Lower Their Risk for Heart Disease, Recover from a Heart Attack and Raise Awareness about Women’s Heart Health

By Michele Pilon President/Chief Nursing Officer, Transylvania Regional Hospital We associate February with love, and this year I ask you to love yourself by learning about how to take care of your heart. February is National Heart Month which makes it the ideal time to remind everyone that Transylvania Regional Hospital (TRH) is dedicated to […]

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February 8, 2019

What You Can Expect from a Nation’s Top Heart Hospital (Infographic)

When IBM Watson Health announced its list of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals last fall, Mission Hospital found itself among the nation’s best centers for heart care for the thirteenth time. Who said 13 isn’t a lucky number? Mission Health is proud to celebrate Heart Month this February knowing that our patients and families here […]

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February 8, 2019

Becky Carter: Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Seeks to Raise Awareness about Gender Disparities and Heart Disease

By Becky Carter President/Chief Nursing Officer, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Hearts are the theme for February. Aside from Valentine’s Day celebrating romance, February is also National Heart Month. Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of Americans. We talk a lot about how to lower our risk for heart disease by eating better, avoiding tobacco, […]

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February 8, 2019

Karen Gorby: Heart Health and Heart Attack in Women: It Looks Different

By Karen Gorby President/Chief Nursing Officer, Angel Medical Center You might have noticed that many people wear red on the first Friday of each February. National Wear Red Day is a symbolic way to raise awareness about women and heart disease, and honor the women in our lives who we’ve lost to, or suffer from, […]

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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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