Each September we recognize National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib or AF, is the most common heart rhythm disorder in the country, with millions of Americans living with AFib.
Today’s healthcare systems are constantly evolving to better meet the technological standards of today’s patients. With nearly everyone having access to a computer, smartphone, and the internet these days, HVI has adopted its own patient portal system to help give patients better access to their personal health information.
Caring for patients with cardiovascular disease takes a team effort. In today’s ever-changing healthcare landscape, with an increasing number of patients in need of cardiovascular care, the role of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) has never been more important.
Now that the weather is starting to warm up and become “shorts & t-shirt” weather, it’s around this time of year where I start to get a lot of questions about varicose veins. For a long time, these had mostly been considered just a cosmetic problem, however, new research over the past decade has shown a link to deeper issues – particularly deep vein thrombosis.
Spring is finally here! The snow is all but melted, the grass is turning green, and the cold temperatures are starting to become a thing of the past. It also means more opportunities to get outside, get active, and spring into healthier habits. If you’ve spent a little too much time as a couch potato this winter, here are four HVI-recommended tips for getting back into a healthy routine.
Deer hunting season in Wisconsin is a Fall tradition that ranks right up there with football and pumpkin pie. Head to any Packer game at Lambeau Field in November and you’ll see as many people decked out in blaze orange and camouflage as you will in green and gold. This year alone, the Wisconsin DNR anticipates nearly 600,000 hunters will take to the woods during the nine-day gun hunt season from November 19-27 – with even more participating in this year’s bow and muzzleloader seasons.
Hunters up here mean serious business when they get in the woods, too. The Wisconsin DNR says hunters in Wisconsin spend upwards of $2.5 billion every year. From new cold-weather gear to the latest trail cams, deer stands, and everything in-between, you can be sure hunters in Wisconsin will be heading into the woods fully-prepared this year.
That said, as you start prepping your gear and planning your hunts, there’s one preparation that you can’t afford to overlook: your heart health.
If you have Medicare or Medicare supplemental insurance and are a patient at the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin, you may eligible for our new chronic care management program with ChronicCareIQ.
Have you heard your doctor mention the words “intermittent fasting” before? Maybe you’ve read about it online. Today, more and more people are turning to intermittent fasting — not eating, or limiting their food intake, for a period of time — as a way to lose weight. However, in addition to its weight loss benefits, there is growing clinical research which suggests that eating less at certain times of the day can also help improve your heart’s health.