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February is National Heart Awareness Month – join Southcoast Health for some great recognitions and events throughout the month!

Article – More and more, heart disease has emerged as a risk for women, too.

Patient Story: Ruben – “When my wife picked me up, I turned around, looked at the hospital, and said thank you,” Lebow says. “Thank you especially to Dr. Cohn and Dr. Giedrimas; thank you to the nurses; thank you to the staff. The care was phenomenal. I would have been dead by late afternoon. When you’re in that situation, you kiss the ground and thank God there’s a hospital right down the street that is second to none.”

Patient Video: Tony – On New Year’s Eve, 2018, Tony Almeida wasn’t watching the ball drop in Times Square. Instead, he was checking himself into the Emergency Department. His bouts with recurring chest pain couldn’t be ignored any longer and action needed to be taken – surgery. Watch Tony tell his story in overcoming his fear of the operation and going even further in making lifestyle changes to better his health.

Patient Story: Anthony – Saving lives for a living is in Anthony Days’s blood. His grandfather was a medic in World War I, and, from a young age, Days has always felt a pull toward public safety. He realized his dream of becoming a first responder in 1986 as a firefighter and EMT, and would soon “jump onboard” the Mattapoisett Police Department — which itself is an anomaly in that it also runs the town’s EMS.

Patient Story: Randy – When your career path means putting others first, it can be difficult to prioritize your own care. Luckily for Randy, Captain of the Little Compton Fire Department in Rhode Island, his wife Lisa, RN at Charlton Memorial’s Heart and Vascular Center, took the initiative to have a heart concern of his checked out.

Take Care of Your Heart – Find heart healthy recipes in our health & wellness library.

Take Our Heart Health Quiz – Coronary artery disease (CAD) occurs when the arteries that bring blood to the heart muscle (coronary arteries) become hardened and narrowed. The arteries harden and narrow because of a buildup of plaque on the inner walls. Plaque is made up of cholesterol and fatty deposits. This is called atherosclerosis. Narrowing of the coronary arteries can limit blood flow to the heart. This means less oxygen gets to the heart. Less oxygen can lead to angina, heart failure, irregular heart rhythm, and heart attack.

CAD is the most common type of heart disease. It is the leading cause of death in the U.S. in both men and women. Other names for CAD are coronary heart disease (CHD), heart disease, and ischemic heart disease.