Why you should try 'healthy' instead of 'natural' to improve your heart health

Posted by Michael D. Miedema, MD, MPH, Minneapolis Heart Institute on Sep 26, 2017 1:56:51 PM

As a preventive cardiologist, it’s my job to figure out a patient’s risk of developing heart disease, and then recommend ways to lower that risk. I spend a significant amount of time stressing the importance of a heart healthy diet, as well as routine exercise and avoiding smoking. However, for some individuals at higher risk for a heart attack, I also recommend that a patient start taking a preventive medication, often one of the cholesterol-lowering “statins.” More and more frequently, the response I get is, “No thanks, I would rather use something 'natural'."

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Topics: Heart Health

When should you call an ambulance?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Sep 8, 2017 11:46:01 AM

When should you call an ambulance instead of driving to the emergency department? You may live near a hospital and believe it's faster to drive yourself or an injured person to the emergency department. But first, you need to answer the following questions:

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Topics: Heart Health, Specialty Care

10 tips to a healthy heart

Posted by Susan K. White, RDN, Minneapolis Heart Institute on Aug 1, 2017 1:53:36 PM

As a dietitian with Minneapolis Heart Institute® (a partner of Ridgeview Medical Center), I meet with many patients who feel overwhelmed with advice and tips for improving their heart health. I recognize that often articles, news stories and research can be confusing, so I've simplified these messages into my top 10 tips for protecting your heart.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Fitness/activity, Heart Health

Five stroke risk factors to discuss with your doctor

Posted by Stephen Ready, MD, Ridgeview Chaska Clinic on May 16, 2017 12:24:00 PM

A stroke is a medical condition that happens quickly and without warning, and poses a serious and urgent threat to a person's well-being. Few medical emergencies have the potential to cause such a sudden and devastating change to a person's life as stroke or CVA (cerebrovascular accident).

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Fitness/activity, Heart Health

Medical and health information presented here is intended to be general in nature, and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with a health care professional for all matters relating to personal medical and health care issues. In case of an emergency, please call 911. 

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