Men’s Health

June 19, 2019

Men’s Health: 4 Things to Know about Your Prostate and Urological Health

Knowledge is power, and our urology team at Mission Health wants you to be as educated as you can about your prostate health so you can be empowered in your well-being. We sat down with Brian Cohen, MD, to open up the tough conversation that is easier to shy away from: different aspects of men’s […]

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June 10, 2019

Quitting for Good: How Raymond Morgan Quit Smoking in 3 Weeks

Raymond Morgan, a 30-year veteran respiratory therapist at Mission Hospital McDowell, understands his patients’ struggle to give up smoking. “At work I see about a dozen critically ill patients per day with conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, and lung or airway cancers. I know what smoking and other environmental factors do […]

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May 13, 2019

Put Your Sleep Skills to the Test: How to Do a Sleep Study at Home

Do you snore? Do you feel tired during the day? Do you feel restless at night? Has anyone ever told you that you stop breathing in your sleep? Do you wake up gasping or choking at night? If you answered yes to any of these, you would probably benefit from a sleep study. There are […]

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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 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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