My Husband Smoked for 30 Years, Screenings Help Us Breathe Easier

A pack-a-day smoker, my husband, Brad, began smoking in 1976 when he was 16. His father, grandfather, parents’ friends and friends smoked. Although it was after the 1964 release of the landmark Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, it was a time when 40% of Americans smoked. People could light up in any number [...]

By |2019-11-05T14:48:44-06:00March 27th, 2019|

Their Road Home

The Inpatient Acute Rehab Unit helps individuals meet their discharge goals following a debilitating event. Services offered include nursing care, physical, occupational and speech therapy, dietary consultations and a dedicated psychologist. Medical Director Kala Danushkodi, MD, and Associate Medical Director Adam Schulte, MD, oversee the unit. Under their supervision, patients participate in individual rehab, working [...]

By |2018-09-17T10:26:09-05:00September 21st, 2017|

Live the Good Life With Help From NKCH’s Accredited Heart Failure Program

The words “heart” and “failure” when used together can be scary, especially when you hear them from your doctor. In the U.S. alone, the condition affects nearly 6 million people and their families. According to a recent report from the American Heart Association, the number is growing. By 2035, AHA projects more than 9 million [...]

By |2018-07-25T19:07:17-05:00May 30th, 2017|

Brave Hearts

Mary and Brandon trust NKCH’s accredited heart failure program to help them stay healthy and out of the hospital. Meet Mary For Mary Maag, 84, managing heart failure is a lot like gardening — it involves time, energy and patience, mixed with a little frustration from time to time. “My garden is my passion,” Mary [...]

By |2017-02-21T14:26:45-06:00February 21st, 2017|

Beat Migraines to the Punch

Beyond their debilitating pain, one thing is certain about chronic migraine headaches: they affect your ability to function on a daily basis. Fortunately, a new 15-minute nerve block procedure, called SphenoCath, fights severe headache pain head on. And, it’s available at North Kansas City Hospital. “I was having anywhere between 16 and 29 migraines each [...]

By |2018-07-25T19:14:12-05:00January 16th, 2017|

Back to Life

You’ll be dead in 5-10 years.” That’s the message Brian Wilson heard from the ER doctor the day he was rushed to the hospital with chest pains. Fortunately, Brian hadn’t suffered a heart attack, but the experience was the catalyst he needed to change his unhealthy lifestyle. At the time, he weighed 355 pounds. Acid [...]

By |2018-07-25T19:16:07-05:00August 25th, 2016|

In a Heartbeat

“As I began feeling the effects of the anesthesia, I thought about the possibility of never seeing my husband, our 2-year-old son Anthony, or my family again. I thought about never having the chance to meet my unborn daughter.” Just 14 weeks into her second pregnancy, Angela Mason, 35, discovered her aortic stenosis had progressed [...]

By |2015-11-19T13:29:00-06:00November 19th, 2015|

Breast Cancer: It’s Not About the Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we are celebrating one of our own: Angie Voyles, BSN. Angie, a nurse in our Cardiology/ Neurology unit, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 at age 35. She noticed skin changes on her breast and went to her doctor for a routine checkup. Treatment for her [...]

By |2018-08-31T12:49:06-05:00October 1st, 2015|

Physical Rehabilitation Puts Nature Lovers Back on the Hiking Trail

Becky and John hiking the Tetons Hiking has always been a cathartic experience for John and Becky Hagan. Some of the couple’s best memories are of them enjoying nature together. “Hiking is like going to church because it’s so spiritual and rejuvenating with beautiful mountains, trees, wildflowers and fresh air,” Becky says. The [...]

By |2015-04-21T15:34:10-05:00April 21st, 2015|
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