Take These Numbers to Heart

February is American Heart Month, a perfect time to discuss the heart-healthy numbers you should aim for and what they mean. BMI: Based on height-to-weight ratio, body mass index (BMI) is an overall indicator of healthy weight. BMI does not distinguish between women and men. Your BMI should be between 20 and 24. WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE: Extra…

Mercy TAVR Patient, Age 88, Can Breathe Easy Again

Jane Coleman found it hard to breathe. She had little energy and always felt tired. A widow and resident of an independent living facility in North Canton, Jane had started paying for extra help with household chores, such as changing her bed sheets. Most would say this isn’t unusual for people of Jane’s age (she’ll…

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‘Mercy Gave Us Our Mom Back’

North Canton Woman Recovers Strength, Spirit at 97 After TAVR Procedure Virginia Boyle survived a heart attack at age 72. Living with her son in Ravenna, Ohio, at the time, she underwent a heart catheterization at an Akron hospital, returning five subsequent times for stents. For nearly 25 years, her heart remained stable, and Virginia—a…

High-risk TAVR patient Virginia Boyle after surgery at Mercy in Canton
Heart Disease Symptoms You Can’t Ignore

Are you listening to your heart? You should. It could literally save your life. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. In fact, one out of four deaths is due to heart disease. People who have heart disease often don’t realize it. Don’t be a statistic and be caught unaware….

Diabetes and Your Heart: the Connection

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, managing common symptoms like fatigue and increased hunger may be your most immediate concern. What you may not be aware of, however, is that heart disease and stroke are also linked to diabetes. Health experts want patients to make that connection, because…

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Patient Survives Thanks to Mercy ER Cath Lab

Barbara Pack remembers nothing of her life on January 14, 2019. Not the pain and discomfort. Not being in the car with her husband, who drove her to Mercy. Not the moment she went into sudden cardiac arrest, unresponsive and pulseless, in the Mercy Emergency Department. After rapid resuscitation and heart catheterization in the Mercy…

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After TAVR Procedure at Mercy, MCI Patient Clyde Erb Says He ‘Feels 20 Again’

This past April, the discovery of a heart murmur brought Clyde Erb of Kidron to Mercy Cardiovascular Institute (MCI), where his cardiologist uncovered a damaged aortic heart valve. For Clyde, a congenial, outgoing man who loves to travel with his wife Joann, the diagnosis was yet another challenge among the many health problems he’s faced…

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Massillon Woman Thankful to Stay Close to Home for Heart Valve Procedure

“Some people told me to go to the Cleveland Clinic. But I didn’t want to and I didn’t need to, thanks to Dr. Sabe.” — Diane Blicharski, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Patient When Massillon resident Diane Blicharski underwent a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure at Mercy recently, she felt at ease and confident…

Why Yoga May Be Just What Your Heart Needs

Heart disease remains the number one killer of both men and women. Exercise and increased activity levels remains at the top of the heart healthy lifestyle changes list. But does exercise have to look or feel a certain way to improve heart health? Yoga looks nothing like the traditional aerobic exercise of walking, running, swimming or…

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How to Stay Healthy in High Temps with Heart Disease

Summer is the perfect time for all ages to get outdoors and enjoy the warmth and sunshine. However, if you have heart disease, you need to take some extra precautions when when temperatures soar. Here are some tips on safety in the heat from Mercy Heart Center’s Mary Bosyj. As the summer temperatures go up,…

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The ABCDE’S of Managing Heart Failure

Heart Failure is a condition that affects millions of people who are able to lead normal healthy lives by managing their symptoms and learning to take care of themselves. Becoming self-aware and a partner with your healthcare provider will keep you on track with managing your heart failure. A: Angiotension-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors (ACEI) and Angiotension II…

ABCDE's of managing heart failure from Mercy Heart Center, Canton, Ohio
If You Have Heart Failure, Read This Before Drinking Alcohol

Studies about cardiovascular disease and alcohol consumption can sometimes be confusing. When does alcohol consumption benefit heart health and when does it do harm? Mercy Heart Center’s Mary Bosyj provides some insight specifically for heart failure patients. Heart failure is a major public health issue that affects our country with about 500,000 Americans newly diagnosed…

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The Connection Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease

According to a 2013 Mayo Clinic study published by the American Heart Association, people with rheumatoid arthritis are two to three times more likely to develop heart disease or heart failure, especially if they test positive for rheumatoid factor, or RF. Find out more about the connection between these two diseases. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is…

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