Employee stories - Norton Healthcare, Heart, Interventional Cardiology

Passion from purpose: Vipul R. Panchal, M.D., his story

There are moments in life we forget, and others we make sure we hold in our minds forever. For Vipul R. Panchal, M.D., interventional cardiologist with Norton Heart & Vascular Institute, one moment in time has shaped his career and approach to medicine, and he shares it whenever he gets the chance. During medical school,…

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Heart, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

Noninvasive test reveals patient’s potentially deadly heart issue, allowing him to make healthy changes

Dan English got the kind of scare no one wants. He was on a construction site when his vision became blurry and his arms went numb. He had to step back to brace himself on a big piece of equipment — and then drove himself to a local hospital emergency room. Dan underwent extensive tests…

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Heart, Heart Failure, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

Young Hardin County man reclaims his life with mechanical heart pump

DeAndr’e Gaines has lived most of his adult life with heart failure. Now at only 42 years old, the father of four is reclaiming life with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). In his late 20s, DeAndr’e was diagnosed with nonischemic cardiomyopathy, a condition that deteriorated his heart muscle. At that time in his life…

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Health Equity, Heart

High blood pressure in African Americans

New research suggests that young African Americans (in their 20s, 30s and 40s) are living with or dying from conditions typical of older white Americans — like high blood pressure. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high blood pressure is more common in non-Hispanic Black adults (54%) than in other non-Hispanic groups….

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Cardiology, Heart

High blood pressure or even elevated blood pressure can be dangerous for young adults

The cause of high blood pressure in young adults isn’t always known, but addressing obesity, sedentary lifestyle and excessive alcohol or salt can be the first steps toward bringing your blood pressure down. Some patients with high blood pressure may not notice a difference in how they feel, but over time, the increased stress on…

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Heart, Heart Attack

Here’s information to have ready before you need emergency stroke or heart care

If you or someone you’re with is experience stroke or heart attack symptoms, call 911 right away. Paramedics can start delivering lifesaving treatment as soon as they arrive. If you are ill or are with someone who is, having medical emergency information ready beforehand can be critical. If you’d like to choose which hospital the ambulance takes…

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Heart, Heart Failure

It’s not just a saying — you can die from a broken heart

The human heart can endure so much over time. Stress cardiomyopathy, known better as broken heart syndrome, is a condition where a surge of stress hormones floods the body due to a period of particularly intense emotional events or trauma. This causes heart muscle weakness. While is it possible to die from broken heart syndrome,…

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Heart, Norton Audubon

American College of Cardiology ‘Distinction of Excellence’ for Norton Audubon Hospital

The American College of Cardiology recognizes exceptional care at cardiology hospitals with its HeartCare Center National Distinction of Excellence award. The award recognizes forward-thinking heart hospitals with goals to advance the cause of sustainable quality improvement. Specifically, the 54,000-member college requires HeartCare Centers to demonstrate their “commitment to consistent, high-quality cardiovascular care through comprehensive process…

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Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart, Heart Failure

10 Louisville-area heart failure patients benefit from new implant program

The 10 Louisville-area heart failure patients who received implanted mechanical pumps through Norton Heart & Vascular Institute’s launch and certification of a ventricular assist device (VAD) program share that they’re experiencing a better quality of life or are hopeful that they will. For many, the left ventricular assist device (LVAD) option offered an alternative to…

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Behavioral Health, Heart, Norton Community Medical Associates

Anxiety symptoms persist along with COVID-19 pandemic

In the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, acute anxiety, panic attacks and similar topic searches online spiked following a March 2020 presidential declaration of a national emergency. Although researchers found anxiety-related searches soon returned to previous levels, emergency rooms and immediate care clinics have continued to see high levels of patients experiencing anxiety symptoms,…

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Health Equity, Heart, Prevention and Wellness

Norton Healthcare to support lifestyle education and heart health in partnership with Bates Community Development Corp.

Russell F. Cox, president and CEO, Norton Healthcare, announced a grant to Bates Community Development Corp. (CDC) as part of a commitment to help improve the health of residents in Louisville’s Smoketown and Shelby Park neighborhoods. The $1.4 million in funding will be provided over the next four years. The grant, given through Norton Healthcare’s…

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Heart, Prevention and Wellness

Want to lower your blood pressure without medicine?

Your blood pressure reading plays a major role in measuring your health. It’s often called the “silent killer” because there are no warning signs or symptoms — aside from a blood pressure reading — to indicate a health issue. High blood pressure keeps your heart working overtime to pump blood through your vital organs so…

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