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Heart Health Blog

  • Chronic Kidney Disease

    Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is very common—affecting about 14 percent of the US adult population. It’s closely related to diabetes and high blood pressure, and can cause serious complications.

  • Women and Heart Disease: Pregnancy Induced Heart Failure

    Courtney Hoppenjans, OB and Heart patient, shares her 2014 story about pregnancy induced heart failure. Learn about why women should listen to their bodies and how the amazing teams from The Heart Hospital and The Women's Hospital helped save Courtney and her baby's life. 

  • Keeping Resolutions in the New Year

    It’s that time of year again! New Year’s Day is around the corner and many of us are starting to think about making a resolution. But how do you stick to your resolution and not give up before Valentine’s Day? We’ve listed some tips below on how to make and keep momentum toward your New Year’s resolution throughout the year.

  • Healthy Holiday Tips from The Heart Hospital

    Learn about these healthy tips and why they’re important to you. 

  • What Is Palliative Care?

    Perhaps you’ve heard the term “palliative care” but weren’t sure what it meant. Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with chronic illnesses, focusing on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a chronic illness regardless of the diagnosis. The overall goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

  • Understanding CHF (Congestive Heart Failure)

    Congestive heart failure, or CHF, is a very common, serious chronic condition and it’s a factor in 1 in 9 deaths. It's important to understand how your heart should work properly, and what happens when it doesn’t. 

  • Know Where to Go For Care

    A doctor—and mom—shares her tips for choosing the right care at the right time at the right place.

  • Making the Most of Your Doctor’s Appointment

    Your doctors’ appointments are an important and valuable time to connect with your doctor, share your perspective and information, and learn from your doctor’s expertise.  The best appointments happen when patients are very prepared.

  • Fighting Chronic Fatigue

    Chronic fatigue is a condition that causes someone to be extremely tired—to the point that they can’t function in their daily life.  It is also often misunderstood.

  • Health Screenings Men Need - When & Why

    Michael Luy, MD, Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Downtown

    Health screenings help doctors and other providers detect conditions at earlier, more treatable stages.
    Below I address various screenings that men need and at what ages, and share some additional details that can help men make informed decisions in partnership with their doctor.

  • Mediterranean Diet—A Healthy Diet for Life

    Dr. Mary Ann Bieker, Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Downtown

    One third of the adults in the United States are obese--that is, they have a BMI (body mass index weight/height) greater than 30. It seems these days everyone is trying to diet to lose weight or simply be healthier.

  • 8 Reasons to Shop at Your Local Farmers Market

    Rebekah Basham, PA Deaconess Clinic 

    In recent years, local farmers markets have “sprouted up” and given us new opportunities for buying fresh produce, socializing and more.

    Farmers markets are retail markets set up for local farmers, artisans and food vendors to sell goods. You can count on fresh, quality produce and products to incorporate into your healthy lifestyle. Here are 8 reasons to consider shopping at your local Farmers Market. 

  • Early Symptoms of Heart Disease

    Dominic Cefali, MD, PhD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, The Heart Group

    In my nearly 20 years of practice, I've had thousands of patients tell me that they can look back and recognize symptoms they were having prior to their heart attack--certain "warning signs" in the days/weeks/months leading up to the heart attack.

  • Atrial Fibrillation - causes, symptoms and treatment

    Chandra Kumbar, MD,  The Heart Group,  Electrophysiologist

    I have been practicing as a physician in Evansville for over a decade and greatly enjoy my work in the cardiology field, my colleagues, and patients at The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway. In my role as a heart rhythm specialist with The Heart Group, I treat patients who have irregular heart rhythms. The most common heart rhythm issue, and the one I would like to talk about, is Atrial Fibrillation, or “AFib.” 

  • Alcohol – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Donna Lilly, LCSW, LCAC, SAP, Chemical Dependency Treatment Coordinator, Deaconess Cross Pointe and Lynn Schnautz, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, NP-C, Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist, The Heart Hospital

    There can be a lot of confusion about alcohol and its effects on your health.  How much alcohol—and what kind—is good for you?

  • 10 Choices to add years to your life

    Terry Gehlhausen, DO Deaconess Clinic Family Medicine, Oakland City
    People who follow a few simple steps to improve their health have less cancer and heart disease compared to other Americans, and their overall death rate is significantly reduced compared to other people under age 65. Here are ten choices you can make that will lead to a longer and healthier life:

  • Women & Heart Q&A

    Dr. Prasanna Yelamanchili, cardiologist, The Heart Group.
    Dr. Yelamanchili has been practicing in Evansville for more than 5 years, and in that time she has cared for hundreds of women with heart disease. She recently sat down for a Q&A about some important women’s heart health questions.

  • Have a Healthy Heart

    Terry Gehlhausen, DO  Deaconess Clinic Family Medicine, Oakland City
    Heart Disease remains the leading cause of  death in this country, but here are some ideas to help reduce your risk of heart disease and celebrate more Valentine’s Days together with your loved ones.  

  • Understanding Sudden Cardiac Arrest

    Chandrashekar Kumbar, MD, FACC, The Heart Group
    In my 12 years here at The Heart Group, I’ve cared for many patients who have experienced sudden cardiac arrest; I’ve also heard many stories of those who did not survive sudden cardiac arrest. October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month, and so The Heart Hospital and the Deaconess Foundation are working to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, and also are working to place AEDs throughout our communities.

  • Clogged Arteries

    H. Simon Tran, MD, RVT - Vascular Surgeon with The Heart Group

    Clogged arteries are the result of plaque buildup on the smooth, inner walls of the vessel. Plaque in the arteries is made up of cholesterol, calcium and blood clots. Buildup takes place over time, but due to various factors, including diet, lifestyle habits, high blood pressure, tobacco smoking and even genetics, it can happen at a faster rate and a younger age.

  • Atrial Fibrillation - causes, symptoms and treatment

    Chandra Kumbar, MD, The Heart Group, Electrophysiologist​

    Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is a serious heart condition where an irregular, often rapid, heart rate commonly causes poor blood flow in the heart, which can significantly increase the risk of stroke and heart problems.   

  • 8 Steps to Living Heart Healthy

    Terry Gehlhausen, DO, Deaconess Clinic Family Medicine
    Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in this country.  Here are some suggestions to reduce your risk of heart disease so you can celebrate more Valentine’s Days together with your loved ones.

  • What Women Need to Know About Their Heart Health

    Dr. Prasanna Yelamanchili, Cardiologist, The Heart Group​

    Women sometimes think that they aren’t at risk for heart disease, but that simply isn’t true. More women die of heart disease and stroke than all cancers combined. One in four women die of heart-related problems compared to 1 in 30 by breast cancer.  Also, 2/3 of women who die of a heart attack had no prior symptoms of heart disease, and women die twice as often after a heart attack as compared to men.

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