About Dale Michels Center for Heart Care

Agnesian HealthCare offers comprehensive Heart Care Services close to home in Fond du Lac. These comprehensive Heart Care Services, offered through the Dale Michels Center for Heart Care, bring to the region a diverse and complete package of quality cardiac procedures, including open-heart surgery (coronary artery bypass grafts), coronary angioplasty, stent placements, cardiac catheterizations and other procedures. Agnesian HealthCare has been providing cardiac diagnostics, pacemaker clinic and cardiac rehabilitation for many years, and these remain part of the Dale Michels Center for Heart Care. For more information, call (920) 929-2300.
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Know these stroke facts

What do you think of when you think stroke?  Many responses likely include half your body is weak, can’t talk  or can’t walk. But often, people experience slight numbness, tingling, dizziness or blurred vision and believe it will go away. Therefore, they wait to be seen by a physician for hours and sometimes days. For every hour […]

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Small steps to decrease stroke risk

Written by: Nicki Gritt-Franzen, RN, Stroke Coordinator at Agnesian HealthCare Did you know that the risk factors for stroke include heredity, atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and smoking. While this list looks daunting, one small change a day can add up to significant changes in a week, month […]

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What is Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)?

A patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a hole in the heart that failed to close like it should have after birth. During development in the womb, the unborn baby has a small flap-like opening called the foramen ovale. Normally it closes during infancy when the baby is no longer dependent on the blood supply through […]

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Take Steps to Reduce Sodium in Your Diet

February is National Heart Month, so each Friday in February we will be posting an article about steps a person can take to reduce their risk of heart disease.  Our featured blogger is Kristy Krause, a nurse with Agnesian HealthCare.  Kristy is also our Cardiac Educator. Did you know that the latest recommendation from the […]

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911 basics: responding to a heart attack

Written by: Nathan Larsen, MD  Medical Director & Emergency Medicine Physician at St. Agnes Hospital Emergency Department Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Knowing what the warning signs of a heart attack are and how to respond could save a life. The following guidelines can help you make the […]

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Is red wine really heart healthy?

By: Richard Santa-Cruz, MD, Cardiologist with the Dale Michels Center for Heart Care Red wine has long been thought of as the heart-healthy alcohol choice. But is that just a myth? No! In moderation, red wine is actually heart healthy! Many people think that the antioxidants in grapes are what make red wine so good for you, […]

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National Wear Red Day – February 7

Written by: Juan Diaz, MD, Cardiologist with the Dale Michels Center for Heart Care One out of every three deaths among women in the United States each year is attributed to cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke. That makes it the No. 1 cause of death in women, leading to more fatalities than all […]

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Don’t just sit there; get moving

Studies have shown that good cardiovascular health requires not only regular exercise but avoidance of prolonged sitting and inactivity. For example, men spending long hours in front of a screen or behind the wheel on the expressway were more likely to die of heart disease even if they exercised. A number of studies have demonstrated […]

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Simple, everyday exercises to build a strong heart

By: Richard Santa-Cruz, MD, Cardiologist with the Dale Michels Center for Heart Care To have a strong and healthy heart, it is very important to stay active and exercise! Anything that gets your heart rate jumping will improve heart strength, including jumping up and down when the Packers score a touchdown in a tie game with only […]

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Signs of heart trouble

By: Richard Santa-Cruz, MD, Cardiologist with the Dale Michels Center for Heart Care Although there are many types of heart diseases, there are a few universal signs and symptoms that all the diseases share. It is important to be in tune with your body and take these signs seriously. Catching a heart concern early is the best […]

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