Ultrafiltration Could Reduce 1-year Rehospitalization in Acute Decompensated HF

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Ultrafiltration for acute decompensated HF reduced hospital readmission by 1.74 visits in the following 12 months compared with the prior year, according to data presented at the virtual Heart Failure Society of America Scientific Meeting. “Utilization of ultrafiltration can improve HF outcomes in selected patients,” Robert A. Watson III, MD, chief of cardiology at Abington Hospital –  … Read more

How Smoking Affects Heart Health

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Tobacco use remains the most significant, preventable cause of death and disease in the US, killing over 480,000 Americans every year. While we all know smoking isn’t a healthy habit, that doesn’t stop many users from continued use. Not only does smoking increase the risk of lung cancer and specific breathing problems, but it also  … Read more

Healthy Summer Foods to Consume for a Healthy Heart

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Ahhh, sweet summertime! The summer weather begs for outdoor BBQ’s, pool parties and backyard picnics. While many summer foods (hamburgers, hotdogs, and heavy cream-based salads) might not be so great for you, the fresh produce abounds during this time and many of them are great for a healthy heart. The heart health experts of AMS  … Read more

Benefits of Telemedicine

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Telemedicine has been around for years but hasn’t been widely used until recently. The explosion of new technology in the healthcare field combined with recent global events has proven telemedicine to be an effective alternative to in-house patient visits. If you’re wondering what telemedicine is, it can be described simply as a virtual office visit with  … Read more

Donating Blood During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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In light of recent events regarding the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, many community blood banks are closing their doors, making donations scarce. On March 17th, the American Red Cross revealed that the country is facing a severe blood shortage. At that time, over 2,500 blood drives had been cancelled, resulting in 86,000 fewer donations. With many  … Read more

Caffeine and Cardiovascular Health: What You Need to Know

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The month of March is full of fun holidays and silly national days like St. Patrick’s Day, National Oreo Cookie Day and National Napping Day. But one important holiday that is often overlooked actually spans the whole month of March—Caffeine Awareness. According to the FDA, 80% of adults in the United States consume some form  … Read more

February Is National Heart Health Month

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February is often viewed as the season of love, not only because of Valentine’s Day, but also because it is National Heart Health Month. We urge everyone to wear red and show their support throughout the month of February. From coast to coast we can come together with a common goal of abolishing heart disease  … Read more

Nuclear Stress Tests

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A nuclear stress test is a test that uses radioactive dye and an imaging machine to show how well blood is flowing to and from the heart muscle. The test creates a series of images showing the flow of blood to the heart both at rest and during activity, and these images can show areas  … Read more

What It Means to Provide Patient-Centered Care

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Patient-centered care is a collaborative effort between the patient, physician and family involved. It can be defined as healthcare professionals practicing and caring for their patients in a way that is meaningful, compassionate and advising. Many practitioners understand that their patients may feel anxiety or fear when entering a hospital or a doctor’s office. At  … Read more