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.
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).
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.
Donating breast milk can be an act of kindness for an infant in need, especially preemies and low birth-weight babies whose mothers can’t breastfeed. Breast milk contains substances that boost nutrition and prevent infection, important benefits for babies at risk. Learn more and consider donating extra milk to the Lytle Center at Swedish or Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.
Some people don’t know they have a heart problem until a heart attack. And the signs of an attack can be different for men and women. As a cardiologist at the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute, I recently sat down with King 5 News and explained all of this, plus how you can check your heart’s health -- and keep it healthy.
Heart attack, heart failure, cardiac arrest. Recent celebrity deaths have put the spotlight on these conditions, but many people aren’t sure how they differ. As a cardiologist at the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute, I recently explained the differences — and how to check your heart health.
When asked what kind of nursing I practice, I proudly answer that I am the nurse navigator for the Swedish Pelvic Health Program. Without exception the next question is, “So what is a nurse navigator?” Here’s a good answer.
Is using a loofah really the best way to exfoliate and care for your skin? Swedish pediatrician Melissa Genualdi, M.D., says that to avoid bacteria, it’s much healthier to stick with the old-fashioned washcloth. Watch this video to learn more about the case against loofahs, plus the latest on liquid soap versus bar soap and the best way to moisturize your skin.