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Cold Weather and Heart Attacks: is there a Link?

The ins and outs of heart health in frigid temperatures It’s one of the most dreaded parts of winter: shoveling snow out in the cold. But can the cold weather and shoveling cause a heart attack? Dr. Saadeddine Dughman, an Interventional Cardiologist with the St. Elizabeth Heart and Vascular Institute, weighs in on the debate.  

Quit Smoking in 2018 with the Freshstart Program

What is the Freshstart program? The Freshstart program is a free smoking cessation program developed by the American Cancer Society. The program is offered throughout the year at St. Elizabeth Healthcare locations, including Edgewood, Fort Thomas, Covington, Florence and Grant County, as well as at locations throughout the Northern Kentucky community. Freshstart is the first  

Good news about strokes?

Yes! The American Heart Association  (AHA) reports that 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by taking these steps: Control your blood pressure Stop smoking Exercise Manage atrial fibrillation With uncontrolled high blood pressure to blame for more than half of all strokes, it leads the list of risk factors that can be controlled. Knowledge  

The First Meal of the Day Could Save You from Heart Disease

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day—right? Everyone has read articles that say eating breakfast can help you lose weight, give you energy for the day, or help you focus more in school. Now, the American College of Cardiology released a study that provides evidence that skipping breakfast has a direct correlation to  

Does Changing the Clock Increase Risk of Stroke?

Falling back may have more of an impact on your health than you realize. A study released last  

Prevent a Stroke from Affecting Your Family

Start young, live a healthy lifestyle and know your family history. That’s the stroke prevention advice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare Vascular Surgeon Dr. James Bardgett. He underscores that final fact – family history is the number one risk factor for strokes. “You’ve got to start when you are young,” said Bardgett. Trying to fix problems  

Thinking Outside of the Box for Women with Heart Disease

When it comes to heart attacks, catching up to men wasn’t ever on the feminist manifesto. Well, we’ve done it. Women’s risk of cardiovascular disease after menopause matches that of men, said St. Elizabeth Healthcare Heart and Vascular Institute cardiologist Dr. Kevin Miller. Post-menopause, a woman’s risk catches up to a man’s – in some  

5 Apps You Can’t Live Without

Tracking calories and exercise is just an icon away. Fitness apps are easy, intuitive and really hold you  

Patients Now Have Another Option to Help Prevent AFib-Related Stroke

The American Heart Association estimates atrial fibrillation (AFib) doubles your risk of heart-related death and you’re five times more likely to suffer a stroke if you have AFib. The physicians at St. Elizabeth Heart & Vascular Institute now offer our patients a new procedure that can help prevent stroke related to AFib not related to  

Reduce Your Heart Age with Simple Changes

Weight down. Cholesterol levels down. Cardiac ages improved by more than a decade. Those are the health benefits Hugh and Bev Dayton credit to St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s “Take Time for Your Heart Class.” It’s not about radical changes, said Hugh. “Just making minor adjustments in your diet and exercise program that you can live with