On Oct. 8, 2013, George Rudis began his day the way he always does—with a run at the Sacred Heart-Griffin track. For the 62-year-old Springfield native and lifelong athlete in training for a marathon, everything seemed normal.
“I got up like I do every day, got to the track and we ran our first mile as a warm up,” he said. “I went to check my watch, and, the next thing I knew, I woke up two days later in the hospital. I remember nothing beyond that.”
In the time in between — the time he doesn’t remember — George nearly died three times. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Heart | Posted on 30-04-2014
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Not every heart attack or stroke looks like the ones shown on television dramas. Some occur with less prominent symptoms, but all have the potential to be deadly. This infographic helps you learn the warning signs and ideal responses if you encounter a victim of cardiac arrest, heart attack or stroke.
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When it comes to overcoming obstacles, Harold Whitnall has faced and conquered it all.
A Vietnam veteran who lost his father to emphysema, Harold’s lung has collapsed five times in the past 40 years, beginning when he was 25 years old. Diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Harold, now 65, was suffering on a daily basis with a severely limiting condition.
“I was having trouble breathing, period. I couldn’t mow my lawn, I couldn’t vacuum my house, so I talked to my doctor and asked if there was anything I could do to make this better,” Harold said. “He said I had three choices. I could do lung volume reduction surgery, be put on oxygen or I could go to pulmonary rehab. I asked what that was and he said, ‘It’s you putting in the effort to breathe.’ So I went. And it’s the best thing I ever did.”
Memorial Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary program that provides education and exercise classes to help those with moderate to severe lung disease to improve strength and endurance so daily activities can be accomplished more easily. Read the rest of this entry »
Chicken gumbo, crawfish etouffee, beignets, king cake … unmask those Mardi Gras-inspired foods destined to increase your waistline and make inspired choices instead. Click here for a delicious shrimp jambalaya recipe from the American Heart Association’s Slow Cooker Cookbook.
Becky Charlton Smith, a clinical dietitian with Memorial, offers these tips to help make “Fat Tuesday” – and every day – less of a plunge to the nutritional dark side. Read the rest of this entry »
With Valentine’s Day approaching, romantic music may do more than just warm your heart – new research shows listening to music you like may improve your heart’s health.
According to an article published by Harvard Medical School, music alone will not cure or prevent heart disease but it can help people recover from cardiac surgery, relieve stress and perhaps slightly lower blood pressure. For those who do not currently have heart problems, music has been shown to lower blood pressure and ease stress. Read the rest of this entry »
Many women mistakenly think that heart disease primarily affects men. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. According to the National Institutes of Health, one in four women in the United States dies of heart disease, while one in 30 dies of breast cancer, and an astonishing 80 percent of women ages 40 to 60 have one or more risk factors for heart disease.
“Early identification and management of risk factors for heart disease through a healthy diet, weight management, exercise and stress management, can greatly reduce a woman’s risk for heart disease,” said Paula Harwood, RN, BSN, and manager of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and heart failure at Memorial Medical Center.
Harwood suggests women take these steps to reduce their chances of developing heart disease: Read the rest of this entry »
“Heart disease takes the lives of far too many people in this country, depriving their families and communities of someone they love and care for—a father, a mother, a wife, a friend, a neighbor, a spouse. With more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes a year, and 800,000 deaths, just about all of us have been touched by someone who has had heart disease, heart attack, or a stroke.”
- Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular or heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. One in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, which equals 2,200 deaths per day. Read the rest of this entry »
Many of us worry what the endless stream of munching does to our waistlines during the holidays, but we often forget that we’re drinking calories, too. And sometimes, a lot of them.
“Every meal – and there are many! – is preceded by drinks, paired with cocktails and wrapped up with aperitifs,” said Christina Rollins, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, a clinical dietitian at Memorial Medical Center. “It’s no wonder we’re bloating more than Saint Nick himself.”
While holidays are meant to be enjoyed, the key to smart holiday cocktail prep is having some good tricks in your back pocket to help minimize that post-holiday bulge, Rollins said. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Heart, Nutrition | Posted on 07-11-2012
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Eating too many salty foods can create all sorts of health problems, including high blood pressure. What you may not know is that a lot of common foods are packed with excess sodium.
“Excess sodium in our diets has less to do with what we’re adding to our food and more to do with what’s already in the food,” said Emily Bailey, a registered dietitian with Memorial Medical Center. “The average individual is getting more than double the amount of sodium that they need, but there are ways to improve the sodium intake under their control.”
Here are six of the top sources for sodium in today’s diet, according to the American Heart Association. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Events, Heart | Posted on 14-05-2012
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The American Heart Association recommends adults participate in 30 minutes of moderate activity every day to help protect and maintain heart health. One of the easiest ways to achieve this is through walking.
Because of its simplicity, walking has the lowest drop-out rate of those who adopt the activity. Research shows that walking for at least 30 minutes a day can provide the following health benefits:
- Reduced risk of coronary heart disease
- Improved blood pressure and blood sugar levels
- Lowered risk for stroke
- Reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes
- And much more! Read the rest of this entry »