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When Hearts Break – for Real

Have you ever felt so worried, sad or distraught that you felt like your heart was breaking? Most the time, it doesn’t go beyond an emotional feeling. But the day after her husband, Mike, was admitted to the Avera Heart Hospital for triple bypass surgery, Maria McKnight experienced a real broken heart. Read More »
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Heart Surgery Patient Overcomes Limitations

The first time Lynn Understock took a walk after open-heart surgery she barely made it down the driveway. Now, 10 months after replacing a valve and part of her aorta, Understock is in the gym several days a week. “Limited” is not a word she would use to describe herself anymore. Read More »
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Heart Disease: Take Steps to Lower Your Risk

Since February is Heart Month, it’s a great reminder to take steps toward heart disease prevention. Individuals with a family history of heart disease have an increased risk, and need to be especially aware of prevention. Even if you don’t have a family history of heart disease, it’s important to think about heart disease today. Read More »
Heart Health, Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health

5 Habits for Heart Health (Infographic)

Every time around this year you hear that heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. It is Heart Month after all! 5 Healthy Habits If you’ve been paying attention you know that diet an exercise play a key role in preventing heart disease. Read More »
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10 Foods That Help Fight Heart Disease

Have we all been trying to create and keep our positive New Year’s Resolutions? Well let’s take that positive energy and apply it to our diet. Sometimes we focus so much on what we shouldn’t eat that we start to think that we need to avoid anything that tastes good. Read More »
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Stress: The ‘other’ culprit in heart disease

High blood cholesterol is often the culprit we blame when it comes to our heart attack risk. Yet there’s another key player that has little to do with what we do or don’t eat – stress. “Stress is a state of emotional tension. Read More »
Heart Health · Avera Health