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Liver disease: My story as a cautionary tale for parents

February 21, 2017
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We’re in the midst of an obesity epidemic that continues to grow and, because of this, we’re now seeing children – some as young as 3 and 4 years old – with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Here’s how I  beat this disease and some friendly advice for parents trying to raise healthy kids.

Signs of early heart failure: When you should visit your doctor

February 20, 2017
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It’s an inevitable truth that we are all aging. And while it’s quite normal to lose some verve due to natural aging, it’s important to understand that fatigue and general tiredness may also be caused by a malfunctioning heart.

Anxiety versus heart attack: When to get help

February 17, 2017
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Unfortunately, panic attacks and heart attacks can feel frighteningly similar. Both can cause shortness of breath, chest pains and dizziness. Here’s what to do in a scary and uncertain situation.

 


Why all women should be aware of SCAD

February 16, 2017
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As a woman, I am especially concerned with heart disease. It’s the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S., attributed to 1 in 3 deaths each year. What’s even more concerning is the added risk of a specific heart attack unlike anything that’s commonly seen. A heart attack that not only affects healthy older women but women in their 30s as well. These heart attacks are caused by spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD.

U.S. travel ban could hurt health care

February 15, 2017
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President Trump’s travel ban and immigration policy may be an abstraction for some, but for health care they could have profound effects. This video explains what’s happening, what it could mean for health care and what we can all do.

Swedish to offer ventricular assist device as part of new heart failure program

February 14, 2017
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Swedish Medical Center, Puget Sound’s largest provider of cardiovascular care, won a competitive grant in 2014 and founded the John L. Lock Jr. Advanced Cardiac Support Program. Three years later, we are one of the most comprehensive congestive heart failure programs in the Pacific Northwest. Now, we are expanding our advanced heart failure services to include left ventricular assist devices (LVAD).

How emotional stress can hurt your heart

February 10, 2017
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We know the toll that physical stress can take on our hearts. But what about emotional stress? Doctors are learning that emotional stress can play a significant role in our heart health by causing inflammation in the body. It also can cause or contribute to other health problems that directly affect our hearts. I explain in this video.

Your heart deserves a voice: Listen to your life source

February 08, 2017

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and what better way to celebrate than by asking the right questions about your heart. Swedish cardiologist Dr. Joshua Buckler breaks down the “must knows” for creating a healthy heart.

Heart surgery: A competitive runner races back

February 07, 2017
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As a competitive runner, Phil McBride thought he was in the best shape of his life. Then came the “awful run.” Read about his inspiring journey from heart surgery back to running, and his advice for others facing heart surgery.

Love your heart: We can help with healthy tips

February 07, 2017
Swedish caregivers and providers in all of our Seattle, WA area cardiac clinics wore red to raise awareness that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women.

February is Heart Month and throughout the month the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute will be posting helpful information on awareness, prevention and treatment of heart disease.