Kootenai Health named in 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health

November 9th, 2016|Categories: Heart Services, News/Events|

Kootenai Health was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics,TM an IBM company. Of the 50 hospitals named, only two are located in the Pacific Northwest, Kootenai Health and St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise. Each year, the study singles out 50 hospitals that achieve superior clinical outcomes in [...]

Once a Fighter, Always a Fighter

June 29th, 2016|Categories: Heart Services|Tags: , , |

Sandpoint Resident Lives Life to the Fullest, Despite Major Cardiac Events By Stacie Jones Gary Johnson served as an Alaska smoke jumper from 1973 to 1987. Gary Johnson was in the midst of an exciting career fighting fires for the U.S. Forest Service. During that career, he had spent 15 years as a smoke jumper, hurling himself [...]

What is TAVR?

May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Heart Services|Tags: , |

New Minimally Invasive Valve Replacement Procedure Helps High-Risk Patients As our bodies age, our muscles, organs and other systems become more prone to disease or failure. Aortic stenosis, the narrowing and hardening of the aortic valve, is one of the more common and serious heart problems many people experience as they age. Although surgical replacement of the [...]

Inside Kootenai: What is one thing you tell all your patients to do in order to keep their heart healthy?

April 12th, 2016|Categories: Heart Services|Tags: , , , |

Russell Blakeley, M.D., Kootenai Heart Clinics Northwest “I encourage my patients to be physically active. Over the years, I have never had a single patient ‘work themselves to death,’ but I have had too many patients who have ‘rested themselves to death.’  The scientific research has become overwhelming regarding the importance of physical activity, not [...]

An Alternative to Blood Thinners

April 5th, 2016|Categories: Heart Services, Uncategorized|

A new device can help prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation Approximately a quarter of all strokes can be attributed to atrial fibrillation (also known as AFib or AF), a condition where the heart quivers or has an irregular heartbeat. Patients with AF have an increased risk of stroke and are often treated with [...]

Heart to Heart Screenings Tuesdays in February

January 27th, 2016|Categories: Community Involvement, Heart Services, Kootenai Health, News/Events|Tags: , , |

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American men and women, claiming more than 600,000 lives each year. However, a simple screening could help you avoid becoming part of this alarming statistic. Each year Kootenai Health’s cardiac rehabilitation team offers Heart to Heart™ screenings throughout the month of February. Through the annual screening [...]

Kootenai Health honored with resuscitation award

August 6th, 2015|Categories: Heart Services, Kootenai Health, News/Events, Nursing|Tags: , |

Kootenai Health received the Get With The Guidelines® – Resuscitation Silver Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer in-hospital cardiac arrests. More than 200,000 adults and children have an in-hospital cardiac arrest each year, according to the American Heart Association. The Get [...]

What do you do to keep your heart healthy?

February 5th, 2015|Categories: Heart Services, Kootenai Health, News/Events|

Ivanka Kuran, Physical Therapy Ivanka Kuran, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, ATC, physical therapy “I do my best to eat a well-balanced diet that’s high in protein to help increase my metabolism and keep my weight in check. I also use my Garmin Vivofit to log 12,000 steps each day as well as exercise [...]

Ask the Expert: John Everett, MD, Cardiologist

October 21st, 2014|Categories: Heart Services|Tags: , , |

John Everett, MD, Cardiologist, Heart Clinics Northwest My doctor told me I have congestive heart failure, what do I do now? John Everett When a doctor tells a patient they have congestive heart failure (CHF) oftentimes that patient assumes it is due to a weak heart resulting from a heart attack, or some [...]

Heart of an Ironman

June 25th, 2014|Categories: Heart Services, Kootenai Health, News/Events|

Local athlete, Joe Quercio is back in action after facing a major setback – cardiac arrest. By Andrea Nagel When your heart is strong enough to get you through 140.6 miles of running, biking and swimming, a heart attack is the last thing you expect to experience. Despite his stellar cardiovascular health, that’s exactly what [...]