Technology

December 27, 2019

Genetic Testing: What You Should Know before Ordering Your Test

By Chad Haldeman-Englert, MD, FACMG Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing has become extremely popular over the last few years and is often performed to learn more about ancestry and health information. But digesting your own genetic information can be complicated and even misleading. After all, not all genetic tests are created equal. While DTC testing can […]

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December 19, 2019

Ask the Doctor: Robotic Surgery with Joseph Buell, MD

Joseph Buell, MD, a General Surgeon with Mission Surgery, answers some questions about robotic surgery. Q: What benefits does robotic surgery offer surgeons and doctors? A: Robotic-surgery technology enables surgeons to perform complex surgical procedures with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. Therefore, patients recover quicker and have lower rates of infection. Q: What kinds […]

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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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October 9, 2019

Dense Breast Ultrasound – Helen Sandven, MD, on ABUS Breast Tissue Screening

Dense breast tissue puts women at greater risk for having undiagnosed breast cancer. 3D whole breast ultrasound, also known as ABUS, is recommended annually for women with dense breasts. Because younger women more often have dense breasts, younger women benefit from this screening tool. Here’s what else to know about ABUS and how it works […]

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August 29, 2019

Pedaling On: Robotic Precision Gets Longtime Biker Back into the Race after Two Knee Surgeries

By Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC Seasoned triathlete and retired Mars Hill University sociology professor Tom Plaut knew nine years ago that the pain in his left knee meant his many years of running, biking and swimming had taken a toll on his body. “The wear and tear on my knee resulted in bone landing on […]

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August 22, 2019

Suite Smart: New Mission Hospital McDowell Birthing Suites Give Families Comfort and Security

Bringing a baby into the world is one of life’s most joyful events. In western North Carolina expectant parents are enjoying the amenities and enhanced safety offered by Mission Hospital McDowell’s five new state-of-the-art birthing suites. Margaret Sullivan, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist at Mission Women’s Care – McDowell and service line leader of Women’s Services […]

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June 3, 2019

Tele-vein: Where Technology and Vein Care Meet (Q + A)

They can be painful and downright ugly. Whether it’s a serious health concern or vanity-driven desire, everyone has a right to treat their varicose veins. Andy P. Brown, MD, Medical Director of Interventional Radiology at Mission Health, talks about technology and vein care, and when it’s time to see a specialist. Q: What are tele-vein […]

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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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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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November 15, 2018

Need a Doctor during the Thanksgiving Holiday? 3 Options for Care

We hope you have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday with good food and good company. Whether you’re spending the holiday waiting for family to arrive, in the kitchen preparing for a feast or cozying up by a fire, the holiday brings friends and family together – and also brings the challenge of finding the […]

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