Category: Women and Heart Disease
The Valve Center at Bellin Health. Visit this link to listen to patient testimonials about the excellent service, care and expertise they received for their valve issue, when other hospitals told them nothing could be done. We do more at Bellin:
Bellin Health Systems is one of only five regional heart surgery programs advanced enough to pass the selection criteria for use of the Sapien Heart Valve.
When patients are discharged from the hospital following a cardiac procedure, the goal is for them to be on the path to recovery, not to make a return trip to the hospital. A recent study examined how many patients end up being readmitted to hospitals after discharge following an angioplasty, one of the most common cardiac procedures.
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 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
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.
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?
Effort Encourages Use of 9-1-1
“Make the Right Call” campaign will also recognize EMS workers
It can mean the difference between life and death. Calling 9-1-1 for medical emergencies may seem clear if it’s a catastrophic event. But, when it’s less clear, like when the less obvious symptoms of a stroke or heart attack occur, many people aren’t sure if they should call 9-1-1. However, the decision to make that call at the onset of symptoms can have a dramatic effect on a person’s recovery or survival.
Bellin Heart and Vascular is in the news again. This time, highlighted for the smart, strong and articulate women who leads the charge. Andrea Werner, is the Director of the Heart and Vascular Team at Bellin Health. A full article on Andrea can be found in the Green Bay Press Gazette: http://tinyurl.com/yg42ymg
Ask Kelly question:
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.
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
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: