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Rebecca Rundlett, M.D. FACC

Paying Close Attention to Heart Disease in Women


What should our focus be as women: grandmothers, mothers, wives, careerwomen, businesswomen, daughters, graduate students, college students. Yes, all of these women–different ages, stages in life, roles to fulfill, duties to perform— have some things in common. All may be at risk for heart disease, and all may not be aware of their personal risk. As the school year, academic year, and autumn activities get back into full swing, we need to remember to focus on the basics. The factors that contribute to the risk for and development of cardiovascular disease also form the basis of preventative strategies. These strategies have been developed over decades of research and experience in the treatment and prevention of coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease … Continue reading

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Dr. Shirley L. Huerter

What You Need to Know about the New Cholesterol Guidelines


In late 2013, after an extensive review of evidence, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute updated cholesterol guidelines. Why did they do this? These new guidelines better identify those at risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), and also better diagnose people who already have ASCVD. Patients who have ASCVD are more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke. To determine if someone is at risk of developing ASCVD a risk estimator is available through Cardio Source. Information including Systolic Blood Pressure, a patient’s race, HDL Cholesterol and more are entered. Depending on the level of risk, patients should take different courses of action. For all patients who are determined to be at risk for ASCVD there are behavioral … Continue reading

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CHI Health

From Heart Attack to 150-pound Weight Loss

Patient Stories

At Alegent Creighton Health, the difference in our cancer care is the way we deliver it. There is something very personal about the way you’ll be treated here. One difference is our financial assistance. We offer more charity care than any other provider. He survived Hurricane Katrina. Now Charles Gonzales is determined to survive colon cancer. “I’ve never been sick in 41 years,” said the 63-year-old, who was diagnosed in March. “Doctors discovered it when I had blood pouring out in my stools. I lost so much blood I passed out.” Tests showed he had colon cancer that had spread to his liver and lungs. “I was ‘what? What do you mean? How did I get it?’ I never met … Continue reading

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Patient Stories

Reina’s Silent Heart Attack

Patient Stories

Reina’s dressed for her Zumba class, ready to go. As each classmate walks in, she hugs them. “Thanks for celebrating my birthday with me!” She flashes her electrifying smile: “I’m two today.” Reymita Walls—known as Reina—isn’t two. She has an 18-year-old daughter, an adult son, and is a grandmother of three. But two years ago the Metropolitan Utilities District employee collapsed in a hallway at work minutes after walking in the door. When co-workers spotted her, she didn’t have a pulse and she wasn’t breathing. Panic followed. Employees who saw her every day—most of them good friends–couldn’t believe she was on the floor, lifeless. Some were crying. One started CPR. Another called 911. Others prayed. “Reina, stay with me!” one … Continue reading

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Patient Stories

Elizabeth Survived Two Strokes

Patient Stories

It was a reality check for Elizabeth Pokorny. She spent the better part of her life taking care of everyone else. Elizabeth is a mom first, and a nurse a close second. So when she suffered a mild stroke, she had to learn to rely on others. “I started to call it my stroke of luck”, Elizabeth said. Elizabeth was only in the hospital for a day or two. The stroke affected her vision but not for long – and then it happened again. “I started to have some problems with my left side, I didn’t feel quite right”, Elizabeth said. Elizabeth suffered another stroke. This one was not as kind. “I couldn’t lift my hand or turn myself over … Continue reading

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