Category: Heart

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    Heart Attack vs. Cardiac Arrest—What’s the Difference?

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    You may have heard the terms “heart attack” and “cardiac arrest” used interchangeably—but according to Dr. Samantha Crites, Mon Health Cardiologist, they’re two very different medical events. “While a heart attack increases the risk for cardiac arrest, their processes and symptoms differ,” adds Dr. Crites. “Overall, the survival rate for a heart attack is much … Continued

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    Are you more likely to have a heart attack during the holidays?

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    The holidays are a time for family, joy, and festivities—but can they also be a risk factor for a heart attack? According to an article published in a journal of the American Heart Association, the answer is “yes”. Dr. Samantha Crites, Mon Health Cardiologist, says the uptick in heart attacks during the holidays is probably … Continued

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    Dr. Nagy provides an enhanced surgical approach to an aortic valve replacement

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    Cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Alexander Nagy, recently performed the first Perceval Aortic Pericardial Heart Valve replacement at Mon Health Medical Center. According to Dr. Nagy, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Mon Health Medical Center, this specific device enhances the surgical approach to an aortic valve replacement, designed for any patient, especially complex cases. Offering this procedure leads … Continued

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    Dr. Scattaregia, SJMH Cardiac Rehab Celebrating 40th Anniversary

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    Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the creation of the very successful Cardiac Rehabilitation Department.   An open house and healthy luncheon will be held on June 20, at the Weston facility.  As well as celebrating this milestone, the Hospital will also celebrate another anniversary. 1979 was the year that Dr. Frank “Dr. Scatt” … Continued

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    What you need to know about coronary artery disease (CAD)

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    Your heart is responsible for circulating thousands of gallons of blood through your body each day. The heart acts as the pump and the coronary arteries are responsible for bringing blood to the heart muscle so it can do its job said Dr. Bradford Warden, Mon Health Cardiologist. And if those tubes become blocked, the … Continued

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    3 Steps to a Healthier On-the-go Breakfast

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    In between getting dressed, packing lunches and keeping the kids on schedule, mornings can feel chaotic. While a wholesome morning meal sounds like an impossible task, Mon Health Medical Center Dietitian, Robin Redd, takes the brain work out of a healthy breakfast by offering simple tips that even the busiest of families can enjoy. “A … Continued

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    Can opioids damage the heart?

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    With drug overdose deaths climbing to over 70,000 per year, the damage both prescription and illicit opioids cause when abused is well documented. Now studies are questioning if prescription opioids have the potential to cause damage when used as directed for chronic, long-term pain. And according to the research, the answer is yes. “Opioids are … Continued

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    5 Heart Disease Myths and Misconceptions

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    Dr. Samantha Crites, a Cardiologist at the Mon Health Heart and Vascular Center, busts five myths and misconceptions surrounding heart disease risks, signs and symptoms. 5 heart disease myths debunked Myth #1: Heart disease mostly affects men. Many women don’t know that their risk for heart disease can be just as high as men’s–and it … Continued

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    High Blood Pressure? Some Cold Medicines May be Dangerous

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    If you’ve been hit with a cold, one of the first things you might do to reduce coughing, sneezing and congestion is head to the pharmacy for cold symptom relief. As with any type of medication, over-the-counter cold remedies come with their own side effects. And if you have high blood pressure, you should be … Continued

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    Peripartum Cadiomyopathy – A Rare but Deadly Threat to Pregnant and Postpartum Women

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    Dr. Samantha Crites, Mon Health Cardiologist, and Dr. Shane Prettyman, Mon Health OBGYN, weigh in on a rare, but sometimes silent and deadly threat to pregnant and postpartum women. What is peripartum cardiomyopathy? Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is heart failure that occurs during pregnancy or immediately after childbirth. It is rare and varies in severity—with mild … Continued