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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 Cardiovascular Center Helps a Marshfield Man Get His (Heart) Rhythm Back

Posted by South Shore Health System on Apr 12, 2018 8:25:00 AM

Brian Stewart of Marshfield has always been healthy and active. The 31-year-old retired U.S. Army Sergeant and current plumbing foreman was going about his busy day three years ago when out of nowhere he started to feel weak and his heart began pounding uncontrollably.

“It literally felt like my heart was going to come out of my chest,” Brian says.

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Topics: Heart Health, Emergency Care

Six Tips for Managing COPD

Posted by Karin Sloan, MD, Pulmonologist, South Shore Health System on Nov 20, 2017 8:49:00 AM

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe.  It is caused by damage to the lungs over many years, most commonly from smoking. The disease affects more than 30 million Americans. Symptoms of the disease include shortness of breath that gets worse with activity and a chronic cough. COPD is diagnosed by a breathing test. 

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Topics: Heart Health, Specialty Care

The Intimate Link Between Diabetes and Heart Disease

Posted by South Shore Health System on Sep 29, 2017 4:35:55 PM

Globally, Type 2 diabetes is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 30.3 million people in the United States have diabetes. As startling as that statistic is, it does not include the 84 million Americans living with prediabetes—a condition that when left untreated will likely lead to Type 2 diabetes.

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Topics: As One, Heart Health, Diabetes

Six Steps to Help Balance Your Cholesterol Levels

Posted by South Shore Health System on Sep 13, 2017 4:42:20 PM

Most of us know it’s important to watch our cholesterol levels, but do you really know what that means? Between HDLs, LDLs and triglycerides it can be confusing to determine which of these is bad, which is good and how to get them in proper balance.

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Topics: Nutrition, Primary Care, Heart Health

Marita Carpenter: Giving Back to Support Exceptional Community Care

Posted by South Shore Health System on May 16, 2017 9:47:51 AM

Philanthropist, humanitarian and a grateful South Shore Hospital patient, Marita Carpenter is an exemplar of community spirit whose extraordinary generosity and commitment to the mission of South Shore Health System has been steadfast over the years.

As former President of the Social Service League of Cohasset, Marita advocated for senior citizens, teens and families in crisis. Through the league’s mission of identifying and assisting disadvantaged individuals of all age groups within the community, Marita has directly helped hundreds of people in need.

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Topics: Women's Health, Heart Health, Emergency Care, Foundation

Mother and Son Find Healing in Cardiac Rehabilitation Close to Home

Posted by South Shore Health System on May 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

On Saturday, June 9, the Friends of Cardiovascular Care will host the 9th annual Set the Pace road race for heart health at South Shore Medical Center in Norwell.

Over the years, money raised from this event has helped purchase numerous pieces of medical equipment for hundreds of cardiac patients on the South Shore. The Tobin Family of Weymouth knows first-hand the benefits of this fundraiser.

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Topics: Heart Health, Specialty Care

Fast-Acting Caregivers Save One of Their Own

Posted by South Shore Health System on Apr 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

It can happen in a heartbeat.

One second, Bill Verrier, who works in Engineering Services at South Shore Hospital, was racing to the Hospital’s cafeteria to sell M&Ms for his favorite charitable event, the Walk for Hospice. The next, he was laid out on the dining hall floor from a heart attack—with a second attack on the way.


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

Spaghetti-Squash Spaghetti (recipe)

Posted by South Shore Health System on Feb 28, 2017 10:54:39 AM

Celebrate American Heart Month with this tasty Italian “pasta” recipe, without the pasta. This simple dish includes a blend of veggies, herbs, and spices making it both delicious and nutritious. And it's approved as hearth-healthy by South Shore Health System's dietitians. 

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Topics: Nutrition, Heart Health

Heart Attack Rapid Response Saved this South Shore Resident’s Life

Posted by South Shore Health System on Feb 23, 2017 9:59:36 AM

According to the American Heart Association, approximately every 42 seconds someone in the United States has a heart attack. Abington resident, Donald Mathison became part of that startling statistic when he experienced a massive heart attack at 57 years old. Though he had a family history of heart disease—his father even dying from a massive heart attack at a young age—it still came as a complete shock to him and his family, because he led a very active, healthy lifestyle.

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Topics: As One, Heart Health

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