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Cardiac Patient's Road from Heart Attack to Set the Pace 5k

Posted by South Shore Health System on May 16, 2018 8:14:00 AM

Matt Dobrowski walks on the treadmill and slowly creeps from walking to a jogging pace. That act doesn’t seem like much for a 44-year-old who looks to be in great health and enjoys an active lifestyle.

Matt knows he has some work to do as he prepares for the Set the Pace Road Race 5K, which benefits cardiovascular programs at South Shore Hospital, in June.

However, Matt does not take his fitness for granted anymore. Six months ago, Matt suffered a heart attack due to a 99 percent blockage of his left anterior descending (LAD) artery, more commonly known as a “widowmaker” heart attack.

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Topics: Heart Health, Cardiology

The Life-Changing Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation: A Nurse's Personal Story

Posted by Joanne Privett, MSN, RN on Feb 1, 2018 8:11:00 AM

As a cardiac nurse for more than 20 years, I’ve cared for thousands of patients with heart disease. In 2014, I was faced with a new challenge when my own husband had a heart attack.

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Topics: As One, People of South Shore Health, Cardiology

South Shore Hospital Cardiologists Keep the Pace in Heart Innovation

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jan 16, 2018 10:52:26 AM

20171109_144210.jpgWhen most people think of the human heart, they envision a big beating muscle with multiple valves and arteries to help pump blood. What many don’t see is the complex electrical system of the heart that initiates the heartbeat and controls the timing of valve opening and muscle contraction in different parts of the heart. When this system of natural electrical wiring is working properly, the heart pumps blood with the right timing and sequence. When it wears out, it can develop arrhythmias—irregular rhythms that can cause serious health issues.

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Topics: Cardiology

Redefining High Blood Pressure

Posted by South Shore Health System on Nov 21, 2017 8:25:00 AM

Last week, the American Heart Association released new guidelines on healthy levels for blood pressure. In the video below, Brendan Merchant, MD, cardiologist at South Shore Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Harbor Medical Associates, explains the new guidelines and what it means for you.

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Topics: High Blood Pressure, Cardiology

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