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Rodney Johnson from Simpsonville, S.C. seemed to be in great physical shape.  The 47 year old was physically active, with working out and bike riding as activities of choice.  But on 2/22/14, Rodney was in the middle of an 85 mile bike hike with some friends when he was found slumped over his bike with no pulse.  CPR was done at the scene and Rodney was flown via helicopter to Mission Hospital.  Today, Rodney is thankful to be alive and is even back to biking thanks to Dr. Stephen Ely, from Asheville Heart Associates, and the coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) Dr. Ely performed.  Learn more about Rodney’s story here

 

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (June 25, 2014) – Coronary Artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women.  Many people living with severe CAD may find themselves at some point needing coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG), and in western North Carolina, many of these people may be referred to Mission Health’s Heart Center for this procedure.  Mission Health’s Heart Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its CABG program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care.
 

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. A 3 Star rating is the highest category of quality and designates that bypass surgery results are statistically better than the national mean. Mission Heart has received this top honor 13 times since the star rating system began in 2006. Hospitals that score below average receive one star; those in the average rating receive two stars; and programs that score significantly above average – approximately 12 percent of nearly 1,000 surgical groups in the U.S. that perform cardiac surgery – receive the top-tier rating of three stars.

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.

Mission Health and Transylvania Regional Hospital are teaming up to provide free stroke screenings to the public from 8 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. on Friday in the Brevard hospital’s main lobby and Carlson Conference Room. The event includes a free test for each participant for cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, body mass index, blood pressure and heart rate as well as education on the participant’s personal risk for stroke based on their test results. These free screenings are worth at least $200.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (March 13, 2014) – Cardiologists with Asheville Cardiology Associates, an affiliate of Mission Health, are leading the way in the number of cases performed in a national clinical trial of a novel net-covered stent used in patents who have just experienced an ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), better known as a heart attack. More than half of the U.S. total cases performed in the trial thus far have taken place at Mission Hospital.

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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.