Living a heart-healthy lifestyle should be a goal at any age, but for seniors in our community, it is especially crucial to prioritize heart health because the risks of heart attack, stroke, coronary heart disease and heart failure increase over time. It’s important for us all to know the beneficial changes to our lifestyle that, […]
As a health care provider, one of our main goals is ensuring members of our community receive the best possible medical care. Stroke ranks as number five for cause of death in Kentucky, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With the high percentage of people with risk factors for stroke and heart […]
COVID-19 poses a serious threat to the heart and lungs. Coronary artery disease, heart failure and high blood pressure are just a few of the long-term health conditions that increase your risk of serious complications due to COVID-19. “COVID-19 can lead to viral cardiomyopathy, which weakens the heart and reduces its ability to pump blood,” said Robert […]
CHI Saint Joseph Health and the American Heart Association (AHA) Lexington are dedicated to improving the cardiac health of people in central and eastern Kentucky. Heart Disease does not discriminate, impacting men and women and sometimes even babies—and it is the leading cause of death in the United States and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. “It […]
If you experience the warning signs of a heart attack, do not delay. Seek help immediately. When it comes to health, you may be the kind of person to put on a brave face and push through the pain. But if you feel sensations typical of a heart attack, getting timely medical care could mean […]
Each year in the United States, more than five million Americans are diagnosed with heart valve disease, which occurs when one or more heart valves are not opening or closing properly. A person’s heart has four valves: aortic, mitral, pulmonary and tricuspid. These valves help direct the blood flow through the chambers of the heart […]
Schedule your preventive screenings – make 2020 your healthiest year yet! “Health screenings are a way for patients to get a head start on health issues that could become something more serious,” said Teresa Lucas, BSN, RN, population health coach at CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners. “They are a simple but effective way to be […]
For more than 90 years, Roger McCombs’ life has been filled with a series of miracles. At least, that’s how he sees it. McCombs, a World War II veteran who turned 93 in October, says his latest miracle came when he opted to come to Lexington from Huntsville, Ala., in search of a surgeon who […]
Imagine holding your breath underwater. Now imagine that you couldn’t return to the surface. This is similar to what the heart experiences during an ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).
When “Code Stroke” is announced over the hospital loudspeaker, a designated health care team immediately moves the patient for a CT scan to confirm the diagnosis.