Heart Health

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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How Does Smoking Affect My Heart

The damage tobacco inflicts on a smoker’s heart and blood vessels tends to be invisible. But the effects of smoking are obvious in the operating room where surgeons see the plaque-clogged arteries of patients who have had heart attacks and strokes. To a smoker, the toll cigarettes take on your...
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The Subtle Signs of Heart Problems

Often, men and women learn they have a heart problem as they are collapsing from a heart attack. It is important to know that prior to a heart attack, an ailing heart gives warning signs. You just have to stop to listen. And, once you learn your heart is in peril, the faster you make a change in...
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Leg Pain Could Signal Artery Blockage

Submitted by Carlos Neves, MD

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 walking uphill, could be a sign of...
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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

While February is American Heart Month, we should continue thinking about our heart health year round! As you make your grocery list and then when you head to the grocery store, think about choosing items that are heart healthy. Ornish Dietitian Deb Dobies has some tips on ways you can easily...
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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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