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Heart Facts

The heart begins beating at four weeks after conception Typically a woman has a faster heart rate than a man Your heart beats 100,000 per day 1 in 3 deaths in the USA are heart disease related Regular exercise is the single most important key to heart health Your heart is about the size of [...]

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What is a stent?

A stent is a tiny metal mesh tube the props open the artery walls. It is used to treat narrowed or blocked arteries. Some stents are coated with medication that slowly and continuously release to prevent the artery from becoming blocked again.

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What is a heart catheterization?

A heart catheterization is a procedure performed by an interventional cardiologist and a team of nurses and technician to find out if you have disease of the heart muscle, valves or coronary arteries. A tiny hollow tube is inserted through a large vessel in the groin to the heart. Special X-ray dye is injected into [...]

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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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