A.J. Aycock is a star athlete who underwent a pre-participation evaluation during the 2016 Expo. The simple screening may have saved his life. General pre-participation evaluations are mandatory in the state of Arkansas for teens in grades 7-12. St. Bernards offers an EKG in addition to the screening. This test, paired with the health screenings, … Continue reading “Helping Students Stay Healthy with Pre-Participation Evaluations”

  A recent survey conducted by the Cleveland Clinic that included over 1,000 men and women revealed some alarming facts.  Approximately 74 percent of Americans are not worried about dying from heart disease, and 32 percent are not taking any steps to prevent the condition.  Even among those with a family history of heart disease, … Continue reading “The Truth about Heart Disease”

  Did you get the memo?  Are you wearing red?  Friday is the 3rd National Wear Red Day in recognition of women and heart disease.  Heart disease is not just a women’s health issue.   Consider these statistics from the Centers for Disease Control: Heart disease is the number one killer for both men and women. Each … Continue reading “February is Heart Disease Awareness Month”

  Your heart isn’t only your most critical muscle – it’s what keeps you alive, after all – but also one of the hardest working. It ticks 24-7 and except for the times when you’re relaxing or sleeping, it rarely gets a break. Check these fascinating facts about your heart that might inspire you to … Continue reading “Did you know? 8 Amazing Facts about Your Heart Health”

by: Dr. David Vance You most likely know someone who has a pacemaker to help regulate his or her heartbeat. And chances are, you also know someone who has a defibrillator. Both are implantable devices that are placed under the skin just below the collarbone, and both are designed to regulate a patient’s heartbeat. Both … Continue reading “Pacemaker and Defibrillators: Know the Difference”

February is traditionally recognized as a month in which we celebrate love and friendship on Valentine’s Day. In addition, February is also National Heart Month and it is the perfect time to provide education on heart disease. Despite great strides in the field of medicine, heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both … Continue reading “Beginners Guide: Knowing the Symptoms of a Heart Attack”

by Dr. Barry Tedder and Lisa Tedder For over 20 years I have tried to figure out the best way to treat and prevent the ravages of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death in the U.S. and affects not only the heart, but all the arteries of the body, leading … Continue reading “Could you be at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease?”