Category: Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease
Transcatheter Aortic Replacement (TAVR), a summary of the program at Bellin Health. Dr. Steven Gerndt, cardiothoracic surgeon introduces Dr. Paul Hudson, Cardiology Lead of the TAVR program. Hear the presentation here.
Learn about the guidelines, who is appropriate for a percutaneous valve, how the team works together for the best care of the patient and review of the first cases done at Bellin, the only approved hospital site in NorthEastern WI to perform this new procedure.
Listen and watch the presentation here:
On May 2nd, the Green Bay Community Go Red for Women Luncheon was held at Oneida Country Club and Golf. At that event, I was able to donate a check worth almost $1,000 to the American Heart Association. Trout Springs Winery was responsible for $400 of that donation and the rest of the funds came from Bellin Health employess who purchased a red hair extension in February.
The UnitedHealth Foundation, the American Public Health Association (APHA), and the Partnership for Prevention have put out the 20th annual report of "America's Health Rankings." Vermont is the healthiest state overall and Mississippi in the unhealthiest. Guess where WI is.......
The AmeriHeart is an extreme example of the heart anatomy. But it is such a useful tool. How better to see the heart, learn what each part of the heart does and remember the importance of taking good care of your heart, than to walk through a GIANT anatomically correct heart? It has a lasting impression. Let me walk you through it.
Check out this great resource at Merckengage.com
MerckEngage is a free resource that supports your choices for healthier living. MerckEngage has a range of offerings to help you take steps toward better health, including:
• Help with managing health conditions
• Ideas for healthier eating
• Suggestions to help you become more active
• Ways to better communicate with your health care professionals
I hope you all came to see the AmeriHeart at the Bellin Run expo on Friday! It was great! We received lots of very positive feedback on the AmeriHeart tours. It is the most fun, interactive and educational exhibit we have had!! Thank-you to all who toured and also to those who completed a survey!
A book by Jospeh C. Piscatella and Barry A. Franklin, Ph.D.
The first thoughts that came into my mind when I began reading this book on the 109 things you can do to prevent, halt and reverse heart disease, was "that's exactly what I say to people when I am giving heart healthy talks!" My first impressions of the authors, is then credible, because I know the sources of where I get my information to increase awareness and educate the general public. As I read through this book, I noted it was very well referenced with many reliable sources and credits found through out the book as well as listed at the end. Ok good. The information I am going to find in this book, is valuable, evidenced-based, and the recommendations are based on the most current literature.
Join the fun on Saturday, January 29th at Lambeau Field Atrium! FREE!
Fire safety, the dangers of electricity and the importance of staying away from household chemicals are important lessons for children. And as the fight against childhood obesity rages on, heart health and physical fitness have become important topics as well.
Are you in a high strain job? Defined as a demanding job, with time pressures and little opportunity for decision making or person growth.
Do you consider your job to have active job strain? This means high-demand work with with a high sense of control.
MD consult reports that job-stress women are faced with increased cardiovascular risk.
A recent review of 15 different trials, suggests that treating 1000 people with calcium for 5 years would prevent 26 fractures but cause an additional 14 heart attacks. This information comes from the article: "Rethinking Calcium: Bone Health or Heartache?" by Sandra A. Fryhofer, MD in Medscape Internal Medicine 10-25-10.
ABC world news just reported a new blood test that can find microscopic injury to heart muscle cells. This blood test is a protein known as cardiac troponin T (cTnT). The less sensitive cardiac marker Troponin, is what is used in the Emergency Department to see if a person is having a heart attack.
I would like to show you a great video that will help you to understand how build-up occurs in your arteries. Plaque, build-up or blockages can happen in any artery in your body and can lead to heart attack, stroke or the need for amputation of a toe or foot. Watch and see how this happens inside you!
Who's next in line for a heart attack? Step right up, don't be shy, you've worked so hard on the risk factors.....nows the time to cash them in! Right? Well I sure hope not. We need to be working harder on preventing our risk factors, but it seems so easy to smoke, be overweight, not watch what we eat and have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I don't really have to worry, do I?
If you are over the age of 20, you should have your cholesterol checked at least every 5 years. This test should be done after you have been fasting (nothing to eat) for 12 hours, to get accurate results.
If you have had elevated cholesterol and are making changes to your diet or with medications, it is important to know, that you should not have your cholesterol repeated sooner than 3-4 months after a change. It takes this long to see the changes happen in your values.
My sympathy goes out to the family. A tragic loss, related to heart disease, at such a young age. Heart disease comes in many shapes and sizes, not just build up in the coronary arteries. What do we know so far, that could have contributed to her death?
It's arrived! The new Toshiba Aquilion One 320 slice CT scanner has been installed this week in the new Bellin Emergency Department!
This is the FIRST and the ONLY 320 slice CT scanner in Wisconsin. Read about the great advantages this advanced technology will bring to patients in the community.
Sleep occupies a third of our lives according to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled, Sleep-A New Cardiovascular Frontier.
Can you believe that? Do you think that is too much time for sleep? Well, our bodies need sleep to rejuvinate so we can live our lives to the fullest when we are awake. So when we have disturbed sleep or sleep apnea, this can have ill effects on the cardiovascular system.
Diabetes is becoming more common in the
“Recent advances in CT technology have transformed Cardiac CT from an interesting new technology into a “game-changing” technology that will revolutionize the care of patients with chest pain and change the way we practice medicine.” – Christopher Wolfram, MD, FACC - Cardiology Associates of Green Bay
So you don't want to have to take a medication for your high cholesterol? What are the alternatives? Of course, you can watch what you eat and start to exercise, that will be very helpful. What about nutiritonal supplements? Let's talk a little bit about red yeast rice.
The C.A.R.E. Foundation: http://tinyurl.com/npan95
The C.A.R.E. Mission: To formulate, promote and lead initiatives to prevent sudden cardiac death due to acquired and heritable heart rhythm disorders by:
- Advocating increased support for comprehensive scientific research and clinical trials.
- Educating patients, the public and healthcare professionals to increase awareness.
- Advancing strategies to identify, protect and support at-risk individuals and their families.
New 'Smart Choices' Food Labels Are Deceptive
is an article by Christopher Wanjek, LiveScience's Bad Medicine Columnist. He points out one of the biggest problems in the world today: how can we make good food choices, when processed foods, with lots of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils, are made to look like they are healthy?
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Hi, 14 years ago I had a spontaneous dissection of the LAD descending. August 23rd of this year I had horrible building pain in my upper back. Shortness of breath, nausea and sweating. I thought it was just my back. Before I got upstairs to lie down my chest started hurting. So, I took an aspirin, because that happens often. However, in several minutes ALL pain was gone. I was shocked because the back pain had me in tears, I had taken a T3 two hours earlier to no effect. I have pain in my back daily now and an aspirin usually takes care of it.
My cardiologist wants me to get a CT scan, but I am not insurable because of my first attack. I am, female and 55 years old. It seems my symptoms indicate a dissection of the aorta, is this possible?
What exactly does it mean?
My doctor was too busy berating me for not quitting smoking and not having insurance to explain. Also, I am under stress because my husband has a few mental illnesses with BIG control issues. Thank you.
No one wants to be stressed out all the time. Being in a constant state of tension and anxiety can really take a toll on our physical health. Stress has been linked to headaches, fatigue, sleep disturbances, alcohol and drug problems, mood swings and many other ailments. Essentially, stress can be overwheliming and just wears us out.
Follow these simple steps to keeping your stress in balance.
Low levels of vitamin D are known to nearly double the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes, and researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis now think they know why.
Follow this link to read the full article on ihealthbulletin.com:
Bellin's report is BETTER than US National rate for death after heart attack according to a recent report from the Hospital Quality Alliance www.hospitalqualityalliance.org
In a reporting period from July 2005 through June 2008, Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, is the only area hospital to be ranked BETTER than the US National rate in mortality (death) after Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI or heart attack). See this link: http://tinyurl.com/l6dhxx
Is better to walk for 30 minutes daily or walk for heart rate?
I am a male of 43 years young, 225 pounds, high blood presure (taking meds for it).
My wife is 40 years young,187 pounds, high pressure in the family, she doesn't have high blood pressure though.
For quite some time now I have been experiancing pain in my chest, it is right under the sternum, when I cough or sneeze it is very painful, the pain spreads across my chest and straight into my back. I have been to the hospital and had a chest xray but they couldn't find anything wrong. I know something is wrong- this is not normal.
Is there anything you can tell me? I would like to find out what the problem is.
Just found a risk assessment for heart attack and stroke from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Answers the questions and find out your personal health and risks. The report will also provide tips on ways to improve your health. Click on this link:
By answering a few questions, we can determine you risk of cardiac disease.
This risk assessment tool uses information from the Framingham Heart Study to predict your risk of developing a heart attack (or possibley a stoke) in the next 10 years. This tool is designed for people aged 20 years and older without known heart disease and who do not have diabetes.