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 [...]

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 [...]

Finding Her Rhythm

February 25th, 2015|Categories: Kootenai Health|Tags: , , , |

Elle is getting back on track after suffering from ventricular fibrillation By Andrea Nagel On July 31, after a long day of work, Elle Susnis went to dinner following a late meeting. Everything seemed normal. She met up with friends at a favorite Sandpoint pub and was enjoying their time together. While at the restaurant, [...]

Meet Russell Blakeley, M.D., New Kootenai Clinic Cardiologist

February 11th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Russell Blakeley, M.D., cardiologist, is joining Kootenai Clinic from Knoxville, Tennessee. He graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and completed his internal medicine residency, a general cardiology fellowship and an interventional cardiology fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta. Russell Blakeley, M.D. Q: Tell us [...]

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 [...]

Kootenai Clinic Vascular Surgery

October 14th, 2014|Categories: Vascular Surgery|Tags: , , |

Kootenai Clinic’s newest location offers specialized treatment and surgery for those with vein and artery disease. By Andrea Nagel Since 2002 Philip Kladar, M.D., has provided care for general and vascular surgery patients in northern Idaho. As the need grew, Dr. Kladar and Kootenai Clinic teamed up to create a new clinic, solely for vascular [...]