Posts made in December 2018

Fatal Rhythm

In the pre-dawn hours of the graveyard shift, the ICU at the Houston Heart Institute is quiet, and quietly, patients are dying. Surgery resident Joe Morales must survive a two-month stint in an ICU rife with land mines—unexplained patient deaths, rival faculty, fellow-resident saboteurs, a cost-slashing administrator, a ruthless insurance executive, a seductive head nurse, a jealous wife, a critically ill son, an overprotective mother and an orderly distraught over his daughter’s death. Joe knows that an outstanding performance will secure a coveted cardiovascular fellowship. He must determine the cause of the suspicious deaths to salvage the career he’s always wanted.

Order your copy today to find out the fate of Joe Morales and the patients at Houston Heart Institute.  You never know, you may just know some of the characters!  😉

If you could prevent a stroke, would you?

Of course you would!!  Located on the sides of your neck (not far from your jawline) is the lifeline to your brain.  Also known as your carotid arteries.  These arteries can “clog” the same way the arteries in the rest of your body does.  According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood institute, over half of the 795,000 strokes in a year occurred as a result from carotid stenosis.  The arteries fill up with plaque that consists of fat, cholesterol, and other waste products.  Conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity and lifestyle choices such as smoking also increase the risk of the arteries clogging.  Unfortunately, the symptoms showing carotid artery stenosis doesn’t appear until it’s an emergency and most of the time to late.

The good news…there is a simple test to show you just where your carotids stand.  Surgeons are able to open the artery with a stent providing blood flow back to the brain.  A simple 5 to 10 minute ultrasound can save your life!!!

Beginning in January, we will be offering carotid scans as part of the circulation check.  Let us help you to keep your circulation in check!