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We now live in an era where our heart rhythm, blood pressure, blood glucose levels and sleep patterns can all be tracked and monitored by something we wear. A simple press of a button or downloading of an app is all that’s necessary to get a real-time picture of our health and well-being. Never before Read More
This was Ruth’s experience when she went into Metro Health Hospital to be treated for what she later learned was a heart attack. “The next thing, I woke up in the intensive care,” remembers Ruth. Even though it was a frightening time in her life, Ruth speaks favorably of her time at Metro Health Hospital. Read More
We are now well into the hectic holiday season. Our calendars are filled with parties, decorations are hung, shopping is in full swing and your patience may already be wearing thin.
“On March 11, I was pheasant hunting near Hudsonville, and I had a heart attack.” Keith recalls. Keith and his wife Beth had been long time patients of a local hospital, so when Beth got the call about Keith’s heart attack, she knew where she wanted him to go. “Beth told them to take me Read More
For as long as 61-year-old Mark can remember, he’s been sick. “I’m a severe asthmatic, and I wasn’t making any progress. In fact, I was continually going downhill.” In 2012, Mark suffered cardiac arrest for the fifth time, and that was the last straw.
“The best piece of advice I have to offer regarding reducing your risk for heart disease is to be proactive,” says Dr. Barbara Karenko. “Quit smoking. Exercise. Maintain a healthy weight. Get checkups regularly. And know your family history. Each of these actions—alone and in combination—can minimize risks.”
Heart issues affect millions of Americans each year and account for one in four deaths. February is the month dedicated to raising awareness of heart-related issues, their causes and preventative steps to help avoid heart disease.