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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (May 22, 2014) – Mission Heart has received a "3 Star" rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) surgery, placing it once again in the top tier of heart surgery centers across the United States that perform such procedures.

Stroke ScreeningBrevard, N.C. (May 8, 2014) – Spots are still available for a free public stroke screening event to be held at Transylvania Regional Hospital on Friday, May 16.

SPRUCE PINE, N.C.- (Mar. 4, 2014) Blue Ridge Regional Hospital is pleased to announce that David Reed, Director of Rehabilitation Services, has been appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

 

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Health Tips

Don’t Wait! Call 911

 

It is natural to “wait and see” or call your doctor when someone is really sick. But if there is ANY chance that you or somebody near you may be having a stroke or heart attack, call 911 immediately. Every minute counts when life-giving blood isn’t reaching the brain or heart. Immediate response can prevent disability, or save a life.

Don't Drive! Call 911

Driving a heart attack patient to the emergency room doesn’t save time. It actually delays treatment, meaning the outcome could be DEADLY. Instead, simply call 911. The ambulance crew will start treatment the moment it arrives, with an emergency room and cardiac team prepared and waiting at the hospital. Plus, interventional treatment to open the blockage and reverse the heart attack can begin within minutes.

Swap Sugar for Health.

Simple sugars, such as sodas, candy, desserts and our Southern sweet tea, are bad for your heart as well as your waistline, ESPECIALLY if you have diabetes or are at risk for it. These sugars can raise a type of fat in your blood called triglycerides. Enjoy healthier snacks such as nuts, especially walnuts, which help your heart.

Celebrate Chocolate!

This Valentine’s Day, indulge yourself and your sweetheart with dark chocolate (not milk or white). Surprised? It contains FLAVANOLS, antioxidants that can lower blood pressure, improve blood flow to the brain and heart, lower cholesterol, and make blood platelets less sticky and likely to clot. Choose plain, high-quality dark chocolate, not candies with added sugary icings or fillings.

Get Double Benefits.

The same healthy lifestyle choices can raise your “good” HDL cholesterol and lower your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Regular aerobic activity such as walking, choosing healthy fats, losing weight if needed, and quitting smoking – which has an even greater impact for WOMEN than men.