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Eating outside the home

Written by: Rebecca Hoerth, APNP How can a person make good food choices in a fast food world? Unless we are careful, even one fast food meal can pack on enough calories for the entire day. Often, they are loaded with carbohydrates, fats, salts and MSG to make for a tastier temptation. Try to stick [...]

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Women’s Health: What should you know about heart health?

February – as American Heart Month – is the perfect time to talk about heart disease in women. Symptoms of a heart attack in women can be a little different than those in men. The most classic symptom is chest pain – in the front, radiating to either shoulder or down either arm, as well [...]

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What to expect from our cath lab

Agnesian HealthCare’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory team has pagers and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They all live within 20 minutes of the hospital. WIth 120 combined years of experience, your heart is in expert hands. St. Agnes Hospital has two procedure rooms, both located above the Emergency Department for quick [...]

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Cooking for Health

Eating healthy is all about eating a variety of foods with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. A healthy diet is also one that incorporates heart healthy fats, like olive oil, and limits intake sodium and added sugars. Eating health can be intimidating for many. When I talk to people about eating healthy,  [...]

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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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What is a cath lab?

“Dr. Diaz or Dr. Santa-Cruz, what is a cath lab?” A cath lab is a procedure room within the hospital where specialized X-ray equipment and treatment rooms are used to visualize the coronary arteries and the pumping chambers of the heart.

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Targeting high blood pressure with exercise

Exercise is a drug free approach to lowering blood pressure.  Regular aerobic or dynamic (moving) exercise depend mainly on the energy derived from consuming oxygen or your increased oxygen consumption helps your heart/cardiovascular system become stronger and more efficient at pumping blood, thus lower/control blood pressure. Systolic blood pressure (the top number) will rise with [...]

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What is heart disease: An interview with Dr. Schmidt

Please share your first name, last name and position at Agnesian. Heather Schmidt, DO  Medical Director of Health and Wellness and Family Medicine physician Can you provide a simple definition of heart disease? Is this an umbrella term for a range of conditions? It is difficult to give a simple definition, but according to, [...]

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How Do You Get Your Omega 3s?

If you don’t know about omega 3 fatty acids, you haven’t been paying attention. Fish oil and other omega 3 supplements are among the most popular items on the market today, resulting in $25 billion worth of sales in 2011. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends omega 3 fatty acid consumption through foods, if possible. [...]

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Do you eat a healthy breakfast?

You probably remember occasions when you did not have time to eat breakfast. By 10:30, you were ravenously hungry and grabbed a pastry out of the snack machine at work. For some people, skipping breakfast is routine. Some think it saves them calories. Studies show, however, that people who eat a healthy breakfast tend to [...]

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