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  • Heart disease in women is a bigger deal than most think

    A recent study showed that women are beginning to recognize that heart disease is a major threat to them on the whole (54 percent knew it was the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S.). But only 13 percent said they were personally worried about their risk. “I think a lot of women are shocked when they find out they are at risk,” said King’s Daughters cardiologist Jennifer Listerman, ...
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  • Procedure reduces stroke risk during carotid artery surgery

    Stroke is the leading cause of disability, and the No. 5 cause of death, in the U.S. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked (ischemic stroke) or ruptures (hemorrhagic stroke). Carotid artery disease causes more than half of all strokes in the U.S., according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Carotid artery disease is ...
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  • Free Healthy Heart with EKG Screening

    King’s Daughters is providing free healthy heart with EKG screenings beginning at 2 p.m. Friday, March 8 at King’s Daughters Cardiology, 613 23 rd St., Suite 230, Ashland. Appointments are required and may be made by calling 1-888-377-KDMC (5362). Participants will receive checks of their total cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and blood oxygen levels and a screening EKG. ...
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  • Welcome vascular surgeon David Dockray, M.D.

    King’s Daughters is pleased to welcome vascular surgeon David Dockray, M.D., to its medical staff. Dr. Dockray joins KDMS Tri-State Vascular Specialists, the practice of vascular/endovascular surgeon Omran Abul-Khoudoud, M.D., physician assistants Lauren Ison, Josh Logan, and Holly Knuckles, and nurse practitioner Vada Stanley. Dr. Dockray earned his medical degree from the University of New ...
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  • KDMC participates in national research study on heart failure outcomes

    King’s Daughters has been selected to participate in a large-scale, pragmatic clinical trial to evaluate the effect of health system-level quality improvement compared with usual care on heart failure outcomes and heart failure quality-of-care metrics. The CONNECT – HF C are O ptimizatio N Through Patie N t and Hospital E ngagement C linical T rial for Heart Failure (CONNECT – ...
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  • Physician assistant joins Tri-State Vascular Specialists

    King’s Daughters welcomes physician assistant Robert “Josh” Logan, PA-C, to KDMS-Tri-State Vascular Specialists, joining vascular/endovascular surgeon Omran Abul-Khoudoud, M.D. Logan earned his master of science in physician assistant studies at the University of Kentucky, Lexington; a master’s in occupational therapy from Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio; and a ...
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  • Heart surgery program recognized by Consumer Reports

    Congratulations to King’s Daughters cardiothoracic surgeons Robert Fried, M.D., Eric Bronstein, M.D., and Juan Bastidas, M.D., and the entire open-heart surgery team at King’s Daughters for once again being recognized by Consumer Reports as a top hospital for heart surgery. Consumer Reports recognized King’s Daughters for doing well in “both heart bypass and aortic valve ...
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  • KDMC leading the way in heart failure care

    King’s Daughters Medical Center is the first facility in the tri-state area to offer the CardioMEMS HF System to patients. CardioMEMS is a miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor for the management of heart failure. It is the first and only FDA-approved heart failure monitoring device that has been proven to significantly reduce hospital admissions when used by physicians to manage heart ...
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  • Feb. 25 Open House focuses on Know Your Numbers

    his heart month, King’s Daughters heart specialists have been emphasizing the importance of knowing the numbers that add up to a healthier heart: blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI), and exercise. From noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, the public will have the opportunity to explore the importance of these numbers, ask questions and learn what they can do to improve ...
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  • Add knowledge to your healthy New Year's resolutions

    Did you resolve to get healthier in 2018 by hitting the gym more often, eating better and managing stress? Good for you! Here’s another resolution you should consider: learning about the numbers that contribute to your overall health, including heart health. Last week, we talked about your blood pressure numbers. This week, our focus is on knowing your numbers when it comes to cholesterol. ...
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  • Know your numbers: Blood Pressure

    Want to start the New Year off right? Take some time to learn about the numbers that contribute to your heart (and overall) health: blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar. Once you know, make a plan with your cardiologist, family physician or other care provider to do something about your numbers. BLOOD PRESSURE You can have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, and ...
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  • KDMC achieves Afib certification again

    The American College of Cardiology has recognized King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, Ky., for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib). King’s Daughters was awarded Atrial Fibrillation with EPS Accreditation in November based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients ...
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  • Open heart surgeons earn prestigious 3-Star Rating

    King’s Daughters cardiothoracic surgery group, Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Kentucky, has earned a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures. The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places King’s Daughters among the elite for ...
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  • "The world's smallest pacemaker" now at King's Daughters

    The world’s smallest pacemaker is now available at King’s Daughters Medical Center. Electrophysiologist Terence Ross, M.D., recently performed the hospital’s first implant of Micra, a device about 93 percent smaller than traditional pacemakers. “This is a significant advancement for our patients,” Dr. Ross said. “Because Micra is so small, it can actually be ...
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  • Understanding cardiac arrhythmias: Part II

    There are four main types of cardiac arrhythmia: premature beats, supraventricular arrhythmias, ventricular arrhythmias and bradyarrhythmias. Today on our blog, we look at ventricular arrhythmias and bradyarrhythmias. The heart consists of four chambers. The upper chambers are called the atria; the lower chambers, the ventricles, are responsible for pushing oxygenated blood out to the body. ...
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  • Understanding arrhythmias: Premature beats & supraventricular arrhythmias

    There are four main types of cardiac arrhythmia: premature beats, supraventricular arrhythmias, ventricular arrhythmias and bradyarrhythmias. Today’s blog focuses on premature beats and supraventricular arrhythmias. Premature/extra beats are harmless most of the time and usually don’t cause any symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they usually feel like a fluttering or a feeling of a ...
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  • What do you know about Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

    Everyone knows about heart attack … but few know about a condition called Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Or, if they have heard the term, they think it’s the same as a heart attack. It isn’t. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart muscle is slowed or blocked. Sudden Cardiac Arrest occurs when the heart stops beating, suddenly and without warning. If this happens, blood flow ...
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  • Pacemaker lead placement innovation comes to King's Daughters

    Electrophysiologist Kristin Ellison, M.D., recently performed a first for our region - a His-bundle pacing procedure. The procedure is a relatively new way to correct electrical impulses in the heart. During the procedure, Dr. Ellison implants a pacemaker as normal. The innovation is where the lead - the pacemaker’s electrical wire that stimulates the heart - is placed. Pacing the heart from ...
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  • Electrophysiologist joins staff at King's Daughters

    King's Daughters is pleased to welcome electrophysiologist and cardiologist Kristin Ellison, M.D., to its medical staff. Dr. Ellison earned her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Mass., and completed her internal medicine residency at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Her cardiovascular medicine fellowship was completed at Stanford University School of ...
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  • KDMC earns ACC Chest Pain Accreditation

    The American College of Cardiology has recognized King’s Daughters Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. KDMC was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI in June based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. ...
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  • Program on atrial fibrillation is Tuesday at Kentucky Farmers Bank

    King’s Daughters, in conjunction with Kentucky Farmers Bank, will present “Understanding Atrial Fibrillation” with electrophysiologist Ola Khraisha, M.D., on Tuesday, May 23. The presentation will take place in the 2nd floor conference room of the Kentucky Farmers Bank, 6313 U.S. Route 60, Ashland. A free buffet lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m., with the talk ...
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  • Understanding Tetralogy of Fallot

    Congenital Heart Disease is the most common severe abnormality occurring in the fetus. The incidence of CHD is about 50 per 1,000 live births. The majority of fetuses with CHD have no known risk factors. Diagnosing these problems during pregnancy allows physicians and nurses to provide more education, counseling and support to the expectant mother and improves outcomes. Recently, the public became ...
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  • A new approach to cardiac catheterization

    For decades, cardiologists have performed cardiac catheterization by threading a guidewire and catheter through the femoral artery, the major blood vessel in the leg. This has worked well: the artery is large, generally straight and relatively easy to access. But there are some drawbacks: Most notably patients must lie flat on their backs for an extended period of time following the procedure. ...
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  • Lower your LDL with lifestyle changes

    It is possible to lower your LDL with diet and lifestyle changes alone. One of the most important things you’ll need to do is pay attention to the fats in your diet. Reading nutrition labels can make a big difference. When shopping, use the labels to compare foods and find ones lower in saturated fat, trans fat, total fat, cholesterol and calories. Compare and keep track of the actual grams ...
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  • King's Daughters marks fourth anniversary of first TAVR procedure

    On April 24, 2013, King’s Daughters performed the area’s first Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, or TAVR. The procedure, which calls upon the expertise of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, nurses and other health professionals, was initially offered to patients whose risk for open valve replacement surgery was considered too great. Today, the procedure is made available to ...
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