Category: Heart and Vascular in the News
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.
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 Valve Center at Bellin Health provides a multidisciplinary team of experienced experts to offer the most complete and fully integrated care in the region. It is designed to assess, diagnose, and treat patients with symptomatic and complex valvular heart disease.
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.
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!
John Jones is an advocate for heart heart, especially men's health. See his blog called The Bulletproof Myth at http://www.bulletproofmyth.com/blog/
2011 marks the anniversary of a medical emergency for John, that changed his life. This year, he is participating in the Bellin Run as part of his heart health journey. Watch his video.
Angela Kelly from Fox 11, visited the Bellin Sleep Center last week. Why you might ask? She wanted to show you what it is like to sleep overnight in a Sleep Center. Watch this video and learn some common sleep and breathing disorders that are discovered and treated in the Bellin Sleep Center.
On March 9, 2010, the Wisconsin Legislature adopted 2009 Wisconsin Act 146 to ensure that health care facilities provide easy-to-access information regarding health care charges and quality.
What does this mean for you? You can find how much a hopsital or clinic charges for services and you can also find out how well that health care service is doing in quality measures. All this great information, to help you make a good decision when choosing what provider or system to use for health care.
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.
Meridia: a weight loss medication for those individuals who need to lose more than 30 pounds of weight.
Being overweight is not healthy for us for many reasons, we all know that. It can be very difficult for some people to lose weight, we know that too. So some need to turn to medications to help accomplish that goal. Meridia is one such a medication. But what about when the medication you take, to lose weight, to prevent things like heart attack and stroke, actually increases your risk of the exact thing you hope to prevent?
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.
I recently learned about a program whose purpose is to improve awareness, understanding and management of an electrical heart condition called Atrial Fibrillation.
AF Stat™: A Call to Action for Atrial Fibrillation, is a collaboration of healthcare leaders and organizations working to improve the health and well-being of people affected by atrial fibrillation (AFib).
Learn the facts about deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Almost anyone can get them. In most cases, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) develops in a person who has an inherited blood clotting disorder or other risk factor, and who experiences a triggering event. Are you at risk? Find out.....
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
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.
When that moment of crisis hits you: your husband, father, wife, grandparent or some other person that you love is having a heart attack. What do you do? Where should you go?
Wouldn't it be nice if you already knew which hospital had the best outcomes and quality measures around heart attack? So there would be no question in your mind. Call 911 and tell them you want to go to Bellin Hospital. And this is why....
From the Wall Street Journal: Opinion Journal. October 6th, 2009
The War on Specialists
ObamaCare punishes cardiology and oncology to finance GPs.
A wonderfully written article about payment issues around healthcare. Specifically targeted for 2010, are decreased reimbursements for the specialties of cardiology and radiation oncology. These areas are targeted for an 11% and 19% cut on reimbursement because the specialists in these areas are highly trained and use expensive technology.
Bellin Health recently earned recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get with the Guidelines” stroke program for providing superior service in the treatment of stroke patients.
Bellin joins 15 other hospitals statewide scheduled to be featured in the 2010 “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report. Bellin also will be recognized at an International Stroke Conference scheduled for February of 2010.
Get an up-close look at the human heart like you’ve never seen before when Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry debuts its newest permanent exhibit: YOU! The Experience, opening Oct. 8. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a 13-foot high and eight-foot wide interactive structure that uses cutting-edge technology to virtually and physically re-create the human heart (see photo below).
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?
What does "Adequate" health care mean for heart disease and stroke patients?
• It means a stroke survivor won't find himself without coverage for the rehabilitation he needs to walk and talk again after leaving the hospital.
• It means that a baby born with a congenital heart defect won't reach his insurance plan's lifetime cap on benefits before his second birthday.
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
By now we have all heard the devastating news of Michael Jackson's death, but with his death comes many questions. At this point, the autopsies have not told us what the true cause of death was. There are many coversations and news articles going on out there that describe him having a heart attack, or maybe cardiac arrest, or was it related to a medication overdose? Prompted from those conversations, I received this question: