Wellness

March 3, 2021

How to Spot Early Symptoms of Colon Cancer

Now is the time to raise awareness about colorectal cancer. In the United States, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer, not including skin cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined. According to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, on average, the lifetime risk of developing colon cancer […]

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February 24, 2021

The Three-Legged Stool of Heart Health: Lifestyle Practices, Getting Care When You Need It (Even in a Pandemic) and the Role of Cardiac Rehabilitation

By Carol Wolfenbarger, MSN, RN, FACHE There is no better time than February, which happens to be American Heart Month, to highlight the advanced cardiology services that we offer here at Mission Hospital McDowell (MHM). Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of men and women in the United States, and in addition to heart […]

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February 24, 2021

Cardiac Rehab and the Importance of the Link between Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke

By Karen S. Gorby, RN, MSN, MBA, CENP, FACHE I’m excited to talk this month about Angel Medical Center’s extraordinary and ever-developing Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. The health of the heart is important to our well-being. We talk and read a lot about steps we can take to prevent heart disease, including good nutrition, regular exercise, […]

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February 18, 2021

Do You Need to See an Electrophysiologist?

A variety of problems can affect the heart’s size, shape and how well it’s able to function. These conditions range from high blood pressure and high cholesterol to coronary artery disease, valve damage and abnormal heartbeats, or arrhythmias. For some of these issues, a primary care provider can provide good care. For others, a cardiologist […]

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February 12, 2021

Heart Failure and Heart Rhythm: The Link You Need to Know About

The heart acts as a pump, sending oxygen-rich blood out to the body and oxygen-depleted blood to the lungs. To execute its duties, it must contract with sufficient power at a regular rate throughout our lives. In the average lifetime, the heart beats about 3 billion times. That’s a lot of work for one muscle. […]

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February 8, 2021

7 Worst Things for a Woman’s Heart

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States — killing one woman every 76 seconds — yet only one out of five American women actually believe it’s a threat. Heart disease is a catch-all term that includes a variety of conditions and events such as heart attacks, strokes and heart […]

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February 1, 2021

The Depression and Heart Disease Link

Although heart health and mental health are often viewed as distinct, they are very much related. The tight connection between the mind and heart can be good news – if you take steps to protect one, you may be protecting the other as well. A Two-way Relationship People with depression have an increased risk for […]

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January 27, 2021

Foods to Eat to Stay Healthy this Winter

Despite what you’ve heard, chicken soup won’t cure the common cold and a plate of oranges won’t prevent you from getting sick. But an overall healthy diet, along with other good-for-you habits, can help your whole body run the way it should. “There are no studies that show foods with vitamin C will prevent a […]

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January 27, 2021

Ring in 2021 with a “Safety First” Attitude: Remain Vigilant in Slowing the Spread of COVID-19 Using Tried-and-True Strategies

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN As we enthusiastically enter into the New Year 2021, most of us are likely very weary of COVID-19. It has been nearly a year of learning new and sometimes disturbing things about this virus, and altering our lives radically in many ways to stay safe. Back on […]

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January 27, 2021

Brush Up on Your Knowledge of Radon’s Risks and Highlands-Cashiers Hospital’s Capability to Provide Advanced Lung Cancer Screening

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA Most people think of tobacco use when they think of lung cancer, but did you know that there’s another, lesser known culprit that’s responsible for 22,000 lung cancer deaths across the country each year? It’s the naturally occurring gas radon, which is created when uranium in rocks and soil […]

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