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Harold’s Journey to the Top

Posted by | Posted in Heart, Memorial Medical Center, Testimonial | Posted on 06-03-2014

Harold Whitnail

Harold Whitnail

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 »

Healthy Recipe: Shrimp Jambalaya

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Heart, Nutrition | Posted on 04-03-2014

Kohls - Bobby Flay Packaging Shoot - 120101_PKBFS12_PhaseThreeChicken 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 »

Music Does the Heart Good

Posted by | Posted in Heart, Memorial Medical Center, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 06-02-2014

Senior Man With HeadphonesWith 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 »

The Heart of a Woman

Posted by | Posted in Events, Expert Tips, Heart, Women | Posted on 07-05-2013

celebrate the heart of a womanMany 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 »

It’s Heart Month: Follow These 7 Habits to Decrease Your Risk of Heart Disease

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Heart, Physician Services, Stroke Center | Posted on 04-02-2013

“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 »

12 Tips to Slim Down Your Holiday Cocktails and Beverages

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Heart, News, Nutrition, Winter | Posted on 21-12-2012

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 »

The Salty Six: Six Foods That Load Your Diet With Salt

Posted by | Posted in Heart, Nutrition | Posted on 07-11-2012

Salty 6 thumbnailEating 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 »

Walk Your Way to a Healthier Heart!

Posted by | Posted in Events, Heart | Posted on 14-05-2012

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 »

It’s Heart Month – Try These 4 Foods for a Healthier Heart

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Heart, Nutrition | Posted on 21-02-2012

While there’s no one magic food that will improve your health, several foods can help keep your heart in tip-top shape.

Two clinical dietitians with Memorial Medical Center suggested the following four foods that can help you maintain a heart-healthy diet. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Heart Month – Follow These 5 Exercise Tips to a Healthier Heart

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Exercise, Expert Tips, Heart | Posted on 09-02-2012

When it comes to conditioning your heart muscle, practice makes perfect.

The cardiac muscle that makes up your heart is like any other muscle — the more you use it, the better it’s going to work.

Tasha Lancaster, an exercise physiologist with Memorial’s Cardiopulmonary Rehab, suggests the following tips to keep your heart in tip-top shape. Read the rest of this entry »