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5 Strategies to Add 10+ Years to Your Life

*This article originally appeared in WakeMed’s Heart to Heart Magazine. Do you want to really enjoy your golden years? Living longer can provide an opportunity to enjoy retirement, travel, spend time with grandchildren or simply take time to slow down while feeling your best. Most of us know adopting a heart healthy lifestyle can improve […]

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Can Vaping Derail ERAS Protocols in Cardiac Surgery?

Traditional cigarette smoking is a risk factor for poor postoperative outcomes with preoperative abstinence reducing this risk. Smoking cessation is one component of the Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery (ERAS) multi-modality approach to preoperative optimization. The current guidelines recommend cessation (quitting smoking) four weeks prior to a scheduled operation. Smoking as a Major Risk Factor […]

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Patient Profile: Christopher Perrott

ERAS Cardiac aims to improve recovery and prevent surgical complications by standardizing the care of heart surgery patients – before, during and after surgery.  Comprised of more than 20 individual steps that may have minimal impact on their own, once combined have proven significant improvements in the recovery process for surgery patients. Working 12-hour days […]

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Lower Your Blood Pressure in 3 Steps

You may have heard that the American Heart Association recently made a change to blood pressure guidelines.   This important change is the first in 14 years and reflects the results of several long-term studies (including the SPRINT study) which show that there are lower rates of cardiovascular events when blood pressure is controlled to lower […]

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Caring for Your Heart Before, During and After Surgery

Many patients and families worry about a difficult recovery process when heart surgery has been recommended. However, new protocols are taking the field by storm resulting in less pain, fewer complications, and faster recovery than ever seen before. Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery ERAS Cardiac stands for Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery. ERAS is an innovative […]

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