March 12, 2021

Do I Need This Tool to Track My Asthma?

Asthma is a lung condition that can cause inflammation in your airways, making it difficult to breathe. If you’re having trouble getting — and keeping — your asthma under control, your doctor may recommend measuring your peak flow to help you better manage your condition. What Is a Peak Flow Measurement? “Peak flow is basically […]

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March 10, 2021

Preventing Colon Cancer: Making Cancer Screenings Easier for Patients

Preventing Colon Cancer Together Colorectal cancer screenings are an important step toward early diagnosis, but many people avoid colonoscopies because of fear of discomfort. With the increase in incidence of colorectal cancer in younger age groups, Sarah Cannon and other organizations, including the American Cancer Society, are recommending screening start as early as 45 years […]

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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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March 1, 2021

On the Path of Recovery from COVID-19 and Other Illnesses

Did you know that COVID-19 symptoms can sometimes persist for months? “The virus can affect the function of the lungs, heart and brain, which increases risk of long-term health problems,” said Mike Heilig, Physical Therapist and Program Director of CarePartners Outpatient Services. “Muscle weakness and fatigue are among the most common long-term symptoms. Swallowing or […]

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February 25, 2021

Ask the Doctor: Brian Cohen, MD, Talks about Urology and His Medical Philosophy (Video)

Q. What attracted you to urology? A. In medical school, I thought that I wanted to do plastic surgery. I liked the reconstruction aspect. I did a rotation in plastic surgery, and hated it. I did a rotation in urology, and it allows you to do reconstruction and be creative. For example, we do a […]

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February 24, 2021

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Heart Health and How Transylvania Regional Hospital’s Heart Services Keep Community Health Beating

By Michele Pilon, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC Since February is National Heart Month, it’s an ideal time not only to discuss how patients and their physicians can monitor and improve their heart health, but also to highlight the heart services here at Transylvania Regional Hospital (TRH) and provide some facts about heart disease that are […]

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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

What We Know about Women and Heart Health

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA As research protocols have shifted, women have been included in heart disease research and important revelations emerged. We now know that women’s heart attack symptoms are often quite different from a man’s, yet heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both genders. In fact, even though men […]

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February 24, 2021

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Boasts Excellent Preventive, Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Treatment for Cardiac Patients, and Welcomes Dr. R. Croft Thomas to Team

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN Since February is American Heart Month, it is the ideal time to talk about heart health, heart disease prevention and how patients can partner with their doctors to take great care of themselves. Blue Ridge Regional Hospital (BRRH) offers advanced cardiology services to our community members, and […]

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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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