Chocolate: Good for You or Just Really Good?

The average American consumes nearly 10 pounds of chocolate each year. That’s equivalent to eating three Hershey’s kisses every day. Some studies make lofty claims like you can lose weight by eating chocolate. Claims like this lead one to ask, “Is chocolate actually good for our health or do the negative effects of eating chocolate [...]

By |2019-04-16T09:52:32-05:00April 16th, 2019|

Heading Off Heart Disease

Heart disease, sometimes cardiovascular disease, is a term that can refer to any number of conditions that affect your heart, including: Coronary artery disease, or CAD (narrowing of the arteries) Heart attack (myocardial infarction) Heart defects that appear at birth (congenital heart defects) Heart failure Heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias) Heart valve disease Stroke Fortunately, lifestyle [...]

By |2019-01-30T13:35:06-05:00January 30th, 2019|

ICMs Help Diagnose Silent AFib and Cause of Fainting

The majority of strokes in the U.S. are caused by a blood clot that plugs an artery leading to the brain. Called ischemic strokes, they are seen in 800,000 people in the U.S. annually. There also are approximately 200,000 people with no identifiable cause for their strokes. These secondary strokes are called cryptogenic strokes. Insertable [...]

By |2018-10-22T17:04:26-05:00October 22nd, 2018|

6 Simple Steps to Help the Whole Family be Heart Healthy

No matter your family dynamic, taking time to create some heart healthy habits benefits everyone. Make the Time Tracking each family member’s daily activities for one week gives you a snapshot of when the family can be together for physical exercise. It can also help you see which activities you can cut back on. Related [...]

By |2018-07-25T18:49:57-05:00February 16th, 2018|

Lifesaving Missions for Drones

Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a drone. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, were a hot item on last year’s Christmas lists. Beyond recreational fun, businesses are capitalizing on the drone’s potential to transform healthcare. Disaster Relief One of the first medical applications for a drone was disaster relief. [...]

By |2018-08-31T12:51:50-05:00August 22nd, 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 |2017-02-21T14:26:45-05:00February 21st, 2017|

Happy Anniversary to NKCH’s TAVR Program

We’re celebrating the one-year anniversary of the TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) program at North Kansas City Hospital. TAVR is an innovative approach to treating people with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis. The procedure is FDA-approved for people who have additional health conditions that put them at an intermediate or high risk for complications with open [...]

By |2018-07-25T19:13:44-05:00February 10th, 2017|

3 Heart-Healthy Ways to Share the Love

February is the month of love – love for the heart! It’s also American Heart Month, and whose heart is more important than yours? Following these heart-healthy tips will help you have the best ticker in town! Swap Dining Out for Dining In Choosing homemade meals over restaurant menu items is a big step toward [...]

By |2018-08-09T15:02:22-05:00February 24th, 2016|
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