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Heart Health

Give the Gift of Heart Health to Your Sweetheart this Year

Submitted by Lourie Cherundolo, MS, RDN, LDN

Is it a coincidence that February is American Heart Month and also includes Valentine's Day? We think not! This year, we encourage you to give your sweetheart something that is not only sweet, but that is also good for their heart! Here are some suggestions: Red Wine. Red wine should be consumed in...
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Stressed Out? Kick that Habit Today!

According to Dr. Dean Ornish, founder of Ornish Lifestyle Medicine, “Chronic emotional stress can make things worse in so many ways. It can worsen blood pressure, it can worsen the blockages in your arteries, and it can precipitate irregular heart rhythms—and that’s just the effect on your heart!”...
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Avoid the Blues After Heart Surgery

This article was first published in the Winter 2019 Beacon: The Resolve Issue. Read more from the issue. EVERY 40 SECONDS, someone in the United States has a heart attack. In many cases, when a patient comes into the Emergency Department with a heart attack, they will end up having a cardiac...
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Smoking & Your Heart

The damage tobacco inflicts on a smoker’s heart and blood vessels tends to be invisible. But Beebe Healthcare heart surgeon M.L. Ray Kuretu, MD, has seen its effects in the plaque-clogged arteries of patients in the operating room. To a smoker, the toll cigarettes take on your heart can be hard to...
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The Subtle Signs of Heart Problems

Submitted by Dr. M. L. Ray Kuretu

As medical director of Beebe Healthcare’s Cardiac Surgery Program, I’ve been operating on hearts for more than 40 years. I’ve seen too many patients who learn they have heart disease when they collapse from a heart attack. But an ailing heart gives off warning signs if you stop to listen. And the...
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Leg Pain Could Signal Artery Blockage

Submitted by Carlos Neves, MD

September is PAD Awareness Month It’s easy to dismiss an aching hip or cramped legs as part of the aging process, especially if it flares up during walking or exercise. As with most pain, your body is trying to tell you something, and it’s best to listen. Pain in the legs or hip, especially while...
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Beebe Performs First Biventricular Pacemaker Procedure in Delaware

Submitted by Malick Islam, MD

Does the rhythm of your heart feel off sometimes? During American Heart Month this February, we encourage you to talk to your primary care physician or cardiologist about any heart concerns you might have. When a patient’s heart rhythm gets knocked off course, either from a cardiac event or from...
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Recovering hearts, saving lives with the Impella device

Submitted by Mouhanad Freih, MD

A young, previously healthy, 42-year-old patient was brought into Beebe’s Emergency Department recently with large anterior wall myocardial infarction, where the main artery to the front of his heart (LAD) was completely blocked. This caused significant damage to his heart muscle and temporary...
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What’s the Scoop on Sugar?

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LD

Our early ancestors only knew the sweet taste of fruit and honey and not the intense flavor of refined sugar. Since our early ancestors battled bees to obtain honey and fruit, sweetness was not always plentiful – the taste of sweetness was an occasional treat. According to Kelly Brownell, PhD, a...
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Heart Healthy Grocery Shopping

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

February is American Heart Month. To round out the month and continue thinking about our heart health, here are some simple ways to adjust how you eat to help prevent heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) heart disease accounts for 1 in 4 deaths each year...
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