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March 27, 2014

The online vascular disease assessment offered by Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular is proving to be a valuable tool for the Northwest. Since launching in January of 2014 hundreds of individuals have completed the brief assessment that helps identify their risk for vascular disease. The assessment is a free tool developed by the providers at Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular with the goal of improving vascular health in the communities we serve.

Vascular disease can lead to an increased risk of stroke and heart attack. Gone undetected it can also result in loss of mobility and even the loss of a limb. Nearly 12 million Americans are affected by this disease. The good news is that vascular disease can largely be predicted and prevented. 

We encourage you to take our vascular disease assessment and follow up with your doctor if the tool shows that you are at high-risk.

Watch Mike discuss the assessment and his results below and learn how the assessment could help you.

January 9, 2014

Delicious Fair of the HeartSunday, Feb. 23, 1 to 3 p.m.
Adventist Medical Center
Amphitheater, 10123 SE Market St., Portland

This event will feature award-winning chef Kirk Iverson. Sample delicious foods and learn how to prepare delectable, heart-healthy recipes.

Call 503-468-5121 to register.

December 20, 2013

Information sessions: Tuesday, Jan. 21, and Thursday, Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m., Adventist Medical Center, Education Center A

CHIP program at Adventist Health

Have you ever wanted to get better control of your health and challenging medical conditions? There is hope! The Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) is a scientifically proven lifestyle intervention program that can help prevent, arrest and even reverse many of today’s common diseases. For more than 50,000 graduates, CHIP has provided the education, motivation and support that have led to amazing improvements in health and overall well-being. CHIP may be able to help you too!

Our next program begins on Tuesday, Feb. 11 (fee required), so call 503-256-4000, and sign up to attend one of our FREE CHIP information sessions.

November 13, 2013

Thursday, November 21: A Day to Start to Stop Smoking—For you, a friend or a family member—This is the day.

Each year, the American Cancer Society holds the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November. This year’s date is November 21st.  Help yourself, help a friend, help someone in your family to take the first step.  Make Thursday, November 21st, a day to stop smoking for one day. Make it the day to start to stop and to keep that pledge for each day following, one day at a time, for life—for your life.

Stop and take a breath, a breath of fresh air, a breath of life. Do it for your heart. Do it for your lungs. Do it for you. Every breath you take delivers life-giving oxygen to your lungs, to your heart and to every cell of your body. When you smoke, nicotine in cigarettes increases your heart rate and your blood pressure. It causes your heart to work harder. It makes it beg for oxygen. At the same time, carbon monoxide, another ingredient in cigarette smoke, deprives red blood cells of oxygen. Every breath you take with a cigarette in your mouth causes your coronary arteries, your heart muscle’s very own blood supply, to narrow because of nicotine at the very same time there is less oxygen being delivered to your heart muscle. That’s because carbon monoxide has priority seating on red blood cells. It deprives your heart of its primary source of fuel—oxygen.

Smoking is the number one risk factor for coronary artery disease. Did you know that if you smoke your first cigarette within 30-minutes of waking up it’s because you are so addicted that you are having withdrawal symptoms during your sleep? Your number one goal should therefore be to extend 30-minutes to 40-minutes, or 50-minutes or an hour.  Try 24-hours.  Take the first step. Be good to you. Spend one day not smoking. Make that day November 21st, the Great American Smokeout. Stop and think about every breath you take. Each one is precious. When that breath is filtered through a cigarette, it is devastating, debilitating and deadly. Parents, tell your children not to start.  Children, tell your parents to stop. Start with one day. Help them to prepare for the Great American Smokeout.

Take a day out for you. Help a friend. Help a family member. Help someone quit. Plan for it.  Make it your day to start to stop. Take a breath and think about how it feels. Fill your lungs, your heart and each cell of your body with the breath of life. Leave behind the breath of death. Snuff it out. Leave it in the ashtray. Better yet, don’t light it. Try it for a day, one day at a time, for life—for your life.

For more information on the difficult task of quitting, there are many resources available. You can get help from friends, family and smoking cessation programs.  There are nicotine replacements and medications such as Zyban and Chantix. Talk to your doctor and check with your hospital. Here at Adventist Health call 503-261-6661 for information on Stop Smoking Programs. Call the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association at 1-800-AHA-USA1, or the American Lung Association at 1-800-LUNG-USA.  Some Government Resources include 1-800-QUIT-NOW and

Remember, it doesn’t matter how addicted you are or how long you have smoked, you can stop smoking, one day at a time. Stay strong, stick with it and get whatever support you need. Start to stop on November 21st and keep going, one day at a time.

Yours in fitness,

Olivia C. Rossi, RN, MSN
Cardiac Rehabilitation, Adventist Health, Portland, Oregon
Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist, ACSM
Certified Personal Trainer, ACSM

Sources: American Cancer Society
The Fagerstrom Scale for Nicotine Addiction

October 11, 2013

On Thursday, October 10, Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular sponsored the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon. This year we put together a photo booth for the event where attendees could have their photo taken with the Go Red dress along with many other red props. The booth was a hit with attendees who were excited to see their photos on the Adventist Medical Center Facebook page

The whole Go Red for Women Luncheon was a great success and a valuable opportunity to learn more about heart disease in women. Take a look at some of the photos below and consider joining us next year!

American Heart Association team at the Go Red for Women Luncheon

Supporting the fight against heart disease in women

Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular photo booth

Supporting the fight against heart disease in women

September 27, 2013

Elva has lived in Tillamook for 30 years and has become an integral part of the small community. 

The doctors and the nurses were outstanding because they were so professional and so caring.

After a nuclear stress test showed that she needed to seek further help, Elva met with Dr. Chelsky at Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular in Tillamook and later went to the Portland campus for an angiogram. The angiogram determined that she needed bypass surgery. Dr. Molloy, Elva's heart surgeon, made her feel confident that she would receive the best care and the best possible outcome.

Today, several months after a successful surgery, Elva is back home in Tillamook with more energy for the things she enjoys. 

July 17, 2013

Had a great time—so glad you fixed my heart so I could keep on, keeping on.  Hope & Peace & Love, Joan

You don't see a lot of people celebrating their 80th birthday with a skydive, but that's just what one of our patients did. 

Joan came to Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular from Georgia for mitral valve repair. After discussing her condition with a couple of surgeons she chose to have Dr. Thomas Molloy perform a robotic surgery so that she could get back on her feet more quickly. Today Joan is happy, healthy and clearly enjoying life. 

June 11, 2013

Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular is the finest in the world.

Ed survived a heart attack thanks to quick CPR from his daughter and thought he was making a full recovery. However, 15 months after his heart attack Ed started having heart trouble again. He visited Dr. Bradley Titus at Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular in Walla Walla who helped diagnose the problem. Dr. Titus recommended that Ed visit Dr. Thomas Molloy in Portland for heart surgery. After meeting with Dr. Titus and Dr. Molloy and his team, Ed and his wife knew that they were in the right place. 

Thanks to the coordinated care of Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular, Ed was able to receive expert care from a team that he trusted. Today Ed is back on his feet and so grateful for the care he received.

June 4, 2013

While few of us will ever be Olympians, we can all become champions. This fun evening will feature the award-winning film Age of Champions followed by an inspiring discussion with Sherrie Evenson, MS, a registered clinical exercise physiologist with Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular.

Age of Champions is the uplifting story of five competitors who sprint, leap and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. You’ll meet a 100-year-old tennis champion, an 86-year-old pole vaulter, octogenarian swimmers, and rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers who tackle the challenges of aging with grace, humor and optimism. It’s a story about the triumph of the human spirit—a story that each of us can enter into as well.

June 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Adventist Medical Center, Education Center A
10123 SE Main St, Portland OR

The session is free, but space is limited. Please call 503-256-4000 for your reservation.

All participants will receive a free elastic exercise band and tips!

May 28, 2013

The American Heart Association and Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular teamed up again this year to recognize individuals who have made positive changes to improve their quality of life. The Lifestyle Change Award is our opportunity to call out those who have worked hard to get their health on track. This year we received a record number of nominations. Eventually we narrowed the nominations down to three finalists.

During the Heart and Stroke Walk on May 18th we encouraged walkers to take a moment to vote on their pick for the Lifestyle Change Award. In the end, after hundreds of votes, Leslie Petcher was selected as the award winner.

Not only is she bettering herself and her family by drastically reducing her risk for heart disease, she is recommitted to volunteering in the community.

Through diet and exercise Leslie has lost more than 70 pounds in just a few short months. Leslie is motivated by a desire to be involved in her community. Improving her health has increased her ability to participate in volunteer activities that help others. Through a holistic approach to improve her health, Leslie finds herself feeling great, not just about the weight loss, but about her energy and ability to help her family, friends and community.

Thanks to everyone who submitted nominations and those who came out and made the Heart and Stroke Walk a huge success!