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When Your Heart Skips a Beat

People use the expression “my heart skipped a beat” to describe excitement, fear and even love. But to Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Nisha Tung-Takher, MD, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) PhysicianCare Cardiology, an irregular heartbeat can have many meanings. An accomplished cardiac electrophysiologist, Dr. Tung has spent her medical career studying the […]

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Making a Healthy, Hearty, Whole Grain Risotto in YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen!

Risotto is a hearty, belly-warming dish that’s traditionally made with just a few simple ingredients: short grain Arborio rice, flavorful stock, pungent onions, wine, creamy butter and Parmesan cheese. While traditional risotto is delicious, it’s not terribly nutritious; after all, it’s essentially a dish made with a lot of white […]

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The Story of TAVR Patient Number 12

Replacing damaged heart valves with transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) – a minimally invasive procedure – improves the quality of life for the critically ill people who undergo it, recent research reviews show. This is no surprise to Prescott Valley resident Nicholas “Red” Demino and his daughter, Lily Bergin, of […]

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For Cardiovascular Health and Athletic Performance: A Vegetable That Can’t Be Beat!

Here’s a great health trivia question: What vegetable most effectively lowers blood pressure, improves cardiovascular health, and gives athletes a competitive edge? You might already know the answer – it’s beets! Research shows that some of the natural chemicals in beets lower cholesterol; improve oxygen delivery to muscles; and help […]

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Super Salsas

There are as many salsa recipes as there are cooks, especially in the Southwest. After all, salsa means ‘sauce’ and can be made with an endless variety of fresh and seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs. Salsa pairs well with grilled, roasted or stuffed vegetables, eggs, a bowl of beans or […]

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TAVR Turns Nine Months Old!

Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s (YRMC’s) Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) program has been up and running since November 2016, and is making a positive difference for local patients. Initially, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved the program for high risk patients. “These were patients in their upper 80s […]

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YRMC Reversing Heart Disease Support Group: Learning Together to Manage and Possibly Reverse Disease

In 1978, cardiologist Dean Ornish, MD, set out to prove that healthy lifestyle habits and a plant-based diet could stop, and even reverse, the progression of heart disease. Fast-forward thirty-nine years: the Ornish Reversal Program™ has helped thousands of people significantly improve their heart function, restore vibrant health, and even […]

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YRMC PhysicianCare Welcomes Dr. Anil Kumar

Dr. Anil Kumar has joined YRMC PhysicianCare‘s cardiology team in the YRMC Outpatient Services Building in Prescott Valley. Dr. Anil Kumar is a graduate of Government Medical College in Punjab, India, and completed extensive residency program training, to include: Internal Medicine Residency, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, […]

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5 Habits for a Healthy Heart

Ask Jill Potter, RN, the number one way to lower your risk for heart disease and she doesn’t hesitate before responding: “get up and get moving.” Potter – who has earned certification both as an Exercise Physiologist and a Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional – understands how the heart responds to exercise. She […]

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