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February 27, 2012

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Every Woman Can Be the Queen of Her Heart

Every minute in the United States, someone's wife, mother, daughter or sister dies from heart disease, stroke or other form of cardiovascular disease. More than one in three women is living with heart disease, including nearly half of all African-American women and 34 percent of white women. Although heart disease death rates among men have declined steadily over the last 25 years, rates among women have fallen significantly less. It's important for both men AND women to know the signs and symptoms associated with heart attacks, and to know what to do.

How can you be the queen of your heart? A great way to start your reign is to know your numbers. Cholesterol. Blood Pressure. BMI. What do these clinical terms mean? Why do you need to know them? Learn about the importance of these numbers and how knowing and managing them could save your life.Keep track of your numbers with our printable Know Your Numbers card that will fit easily into your purse. All queens have a royal court - why should you be any different? Meet the doctors who keep hearts healthy and hear what they have to say about how you can treat your heart like royalty.

Whether your goal is to take care of your heart by exercising, de-stressing, eating better or keeping track of your essential numbers, don’t be a statistic. Let us help you start today.

Do You Give Yourself the Royal Treatment You Deserve?

Learning about heart health can fit right into an already full schedule. OLOL is hosting an informative Heart Matters seminar series to fill you in on how to live with various types of heart disease and the importance of knowing your numbers. Our heart experts will give detailed information on how to make the healthiest decisions for you.

Another fun way to learn everyday tips for boosting heart health is by playing our interactive card game online. You’re dealt a hand of cards – much like we all are in real life – and the game shows you how choices you make each day can affect your heart health by giving you positive or negative points for the choice indicated on a card.

Find more heart health tools at www.ololrmc.com/queenofhearts.

OLOL Treats 100+ Abnormal Heart Rhythms with New, Minimally Invasive Technology

Doctors at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center are among the first in the state to use new technology and procedures to treat abnormal heart rhythms called arrhythmias or atrial fibrillation. These advances result in greater precision and better results for patients. Doctors at Our Lady of the Lake completed their 100th “Convergent” procedure to treat artial fibrillation in the fall of 2011. OLOL is the only hospital in the country to have completed this many procedures of this type.  

During a Convergent procedure, the Cardiothoracic surgeon removes diseased or unwanted tissue from the outside of the heart through a single, small incision made in the patient’s abdomen, then an Electrophysiologist threads a catheter through an artery in the groin to reach the inside of the heart to complete the process. Early results from these types of procedures have been promising, with more than 80% of patients in normal rhythm within six months of the procedure.

Watch a video explaining more about our specialized heart procedures. You can also learn more about innovative surgical techniques at Our Lady of the Lake, and about our Cardiology service line.

You're Never Too Old - or Young - To Be Heart Healthy

What age is too young to worry about heart health? Do you ever reach a point where it’s too late, and just doesn’t matter anymore? According to the American Heart Association, women of all ages should know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, and there are definite tips on best practices for women to participate in at each stage of life.

Visit our website for age-appropriate tips like seeing your doctor regularly, monitoring caffeine intake, de-stressing, knowing your numbers, and being aware of your diet. Taking care of your heart and knowing when to see a doctor can mean the difference between life and death.

On the Move: Our Lady of the Lake Livingston Tops Out Freestanding Emergency Room

A topping out celebration and blessing was recently held at Our Lady of the Lake Livingston. The freestanding Emergency Room is on schedule to open in September of 2012, and construction crews have put the last beam of steel in place to frame the new medical complex that will also house physician offices.

A freestanding Emergency Room is much like a traditional Emergency Room and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can treat any type of emergency including sports injuries, fractures or broken bones, car accidents, chest pain and more. The difference is a freestanding Emergency Room is not connected to a hospital. If a patient has to be admitted to a hospital, we will treat the patient at Our Lady of the Lake Livingston, make sure they are comfortable and stable and we will have ambulances on site to bring the patient to the most appropriate hospital.

Our Lady of the Lake Livingston will also includeoutpatient services such as a lab, imaging services such as CT, ultrasound, X-ray and MRI, and physician offices. Primary care and family practice doctors, pediatricians and specialties like cardiology, orthopedics, ear nose and throat, eye specialists, and pain management doctors will occupy the physician office space.

Our Lady of the Lake Livingston will add to OLOL's already existing family of services in Livingston and will create more than 200 healthcare jobs in the first year of operation. For updates or to see construction progress through a live webcam visit www.ololrmc.com/livingston.

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