Heart Health

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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Listen to Your Legs: Pain Could Signal Artery Blockage

Submitted by Carlos Neves, MD

How you can prevent PAD It’s easy to dismiss an aching hip or cramped legs as just part of getting older, especially if it flares up during walking or exercise. But, 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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The Basics of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Submitted by Armin Barekatain, MD

During the month of February – American Heart Month – it is a good time to consider your lifestyle and whether you might be at risk for heart disease. Worldwide, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is estimated to be the leading cause of death and disability. Research shows that high blood pressure, high...
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Seven Steps to Living Well

While our risk for heart disease increases with age, and is influenced by our family history, there are still many opportunities for us to prevent it and live a healthier life. Our health is impacted by the choices we make every day. Heart disease is the Number 1 killer of men and women. In the...
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The Marvel of Mindful Eating

Submitted by Dr. Ehtasham Qureshi, MD

Starting when we are children, we learn that food tastes good. We start to explore different tastes and textures, soon learning there are foods we prefer. However, as we get older, we become more and more busy. This busyness in our lives can mean a rushed 10-minute lunch at our desk or on the road...
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State-of-the-Art Interventional Cardiology Care Right in our Backyard

Submitted by Robert Myers, MD

Since Lewes is a small, quaint town, it would be natural for people to expect that the local healthcare institution would be a small community hospital with a relatively low volume of advanced cardiac procedures. Many people, even those familiar with the hospital, would probably be surprised to...
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