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Posted: Jan 15, 2019

Prescribing Canine Cuddles – Care Beyond Treatment

Whether you have a pet at home or have been “prescribed” fur therapy as part of a medical care plan, spending time with animals can be invaluable to your overall health and can support healing in ways that medicine cannot. Find out what animal-assisted therapy is and how it can benefit recovery, rehabilitation and wellness.

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Posted: Oct 18, 2018

Hands-only CPR How-to ~ SMH TopTips

With SMH Cardiovascular Program Coordinator Jacqueline Krusewki

Do you know what to do if a loved one or friend has a heart attack? Performing hands-only CPR on them can greatly increase their chance of survival. It’s easy to learn—only two steps—and saves lives. Watch this video to learn how.

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Posted: Oct 4, 2018

Heart Attacks ~ Ask An Expert Q&A

With SMH Cardiovascular Program Coordinator Jacqueline Krusewski

Heart failure nurse and Cardiovascular Program Coordinator Jacqueline Krusewski, RN, answers some of the most frequently asked heart-attack questions in this Healthe-Matters Ask An Expert Q&A.

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Posted: Aug 27, 2018

TAVR Now an Option for More Heart Patients

Written by SMH Senior Communications Editor Kim Savage

More cardiac patients are now eligible for the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive treatment for aortic stenosis that was formerly reserved for high-risk patients too sick for open-heart surgery.

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Posted: Aug 7, 2018

Understanding Heart Failure Medications

Written by SMH Heart Failure Nurse Specialist Stacey Daggett

Heart failure is a life-threatening, chronic condition affecting millions in the US. For these patients, proper management is vital and often requires taking multiple medications daily. If you or a loved one if managing heart failure, it’s important to know what the medications do and how they affect the body. 

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