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Shadow Diseases: 5 Health Conditions That Have a Secret Twin


Could itchy skin put you at higher risk for heart disease? Yes--researchers are finding more and more about the connections between seemingly unrelated health conditions. Called “shadow diseases,” these are health problems that go hand-in-hand: If you have one, your risk increases for developing the other.  “The connection may come from your genetic makeup, or as a reaction to your environment and lifestyle, so both nature and nurture play a part,” says Alicia Almeida…

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Heart Valve Replacements and Repairs

02/27/2015 | Cardiovascular

What is the function of our heart valves? Our heart valves are what transfers our blood from chamber to chamber in the heart along with delivering blood to the larger arteries. The valves open and close in order to allow blood out but not to allow blood in. Over time the valves sometimes need repaired, or if severe enough, replaced. What is heart valve repair and replacement surgery? Heart valve repair is to repair dysfunctional valves. Heart valve replacement includes taking out the old valve and…

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Is Chest Pain the Same Thing As A Heart Attack?

07/08/2014 | Treatments & ServicesCardiovascular

When we think of chest pain, we most often associated it with having a heart attack. Although chest pain is one of the main warning signs of heart attack, it can also indicate other health problems. Sometimes chest pain is the sign of a life-threatening condition, but not always. Conditions such as hiatal hernia, indigestion and pneumonia may also cause chest pain.  Signs of a heart attack vary from person to person. However, if you know the early warning signs, you can be…

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Lower Your Risk of a Heart Attack


What is EHAC and why do I need to know about it? EHAC is Early Heart Attack Care and it exists to educate the public about symptoms and early detection of heart attacks.  Heart disease is the cause of 1 in 4 deaths but only 27% of people surveyed say that they are aware of all heart attack symptoms. Roughly 800,000 people die from heart attacks each year. These deaths could be reduced by 50% if symptoms of a heart attack are recognized and then treated before the heart is damaged. What are symptoms…

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Save your heart. Learn about Sudden Cardiac Arrest.


According to the American Heart Association, each year approximately 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) occur. SCA occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, causing the heart to suddenly stop beating. What is sudden cardiac arrest? SCA is the sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness. Sudden cardiac arrest usually results from an electrical disturbance in your heart that disrupts its pumping action. It disrupts the flow of…

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Automated External Defibrillator


Automated External Defibrillator / Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Each year approximately 715,000 Americans have a heart attack and roughly 600,000 people die from heart disease. Many of these victims die due to sudden cardiac arrest. With Automated External Defibrillator (AED) /Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification, you could be the 1 person that saves their life. What is AED/CPR? An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the…

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Heart Attack Symptoms: Men vs. Women

02/25/2013 | Cardiovascular

Heart disease is often thought about as a man’s disease, but recent studies show that heart disease is actually the number one killer of women in America. February is American Heart Association Month and the perfect time to show your sweetheart how much you care by learning to recognize the symptoms of heart attack in yourself and your significant other. According to the National Institute for Health, major symptoms prior to their heart attack include: For Women Unusual fatigue Sleep disturbance…

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Joel’s Story – Surviving a Heart Attack at 44

02/12/2013 | Treatments & ServicesCardiovascular

Joel Robbins, center, playing with his family.

On a hot day in August, Joel Robbins and his family were outside working in the yard when he suddenly fell to the ground. He picked himself up, blamed the fall on being overheated and headed inside to cool down. At the top of the stairs, he broke out in a cold sweat. His arms went numb and an excruciating pain tore through his chest. He yelled for his wife, Wendy, struggling to make it down the stairs without falling, clinging to the banister like a lifeline. He spotted the Lord’s prayer hanging…

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Recognizing the Signs of a Heart Attack

01/25/2013 | Treatments & ServicesCardiovascularGarden on the Go

We are all aware that knowing the signs of a heart attack can save lives. Information about heart attack is everywhere--on television, in magazines and at the doctor’s office. But despite all the information out there, many people fail to recognize the signs of a heart attack. In fact, there is so much information about warning signs and prevention of heart attack, it can become overwhelming and confusing. Further complicating the issue is the fact that heart attack symptoms can differ from…

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Quintuple Bypass Survivor Walks With IU Health

09/13/2012 | Treatments & ServicesCardiovascular

Jeff Hagen and Dr. Kenneth Stone

All About Heart We all know the stereotypical image of a heart attack victim: Older, poorer diet, sedentary. But a long-time runner? Jeff Hagen was out for a regular jog near his Lafayette home when he noticed his left arm start tingling. Concerned, Jeff drove himself to the hospital, where doctors told him he would need quintuple bypass surgery. His physicians prepared him for the possibility he might not make it through the surgery and that he should say his goodbyes to family members. Thanks to…

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