Heart Month Day 18: How to Have a Heart-to-Heart about Health

February 18, 2020

Understanding the risk factors, signs and symptoms of heart disease can have a big impact on the likelihood of a positive outcome and a strong recovery when issues arise. Besides recognizing these in yourself, it’s also important to be able to recognize them in your loved ones and be able to comfortably discuss them. By detecting potential heart problems early, we’re more likely to be able to help keep them from progressing into serious conditions. But having the conversation can be challenging. Here are a few tips to consider, if someone close to you is at risk:

Heart Month Day 17: How Weight Weighs on Your Heart

February 17, 2020

Many of us have made New Years resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier and exercise. When we don’t always follow through, it’s not because we don’t want to be healthier. More often, life just gets in the way.

Heart Month Day 16: Heart Health Starts at Home

February 16, 2020

After a long day, it’s easy to go home, put your feet up and grab the remote. This may help you unwind, but it won’t do your heart any favors. In fact, if you’re like most Americans, it’s enhancing an already sedentary lifestyle, which can increase your risk for several health problems, including heart disease.

Heart Month Day 15: Give Your Brown Bag a Boost

February 15, 2020

You’re at work. It’s lunchtime. Your brown bag lunch is waiting for you in the office fridge. Maybe it’s two-day-old meatloaf. Maybe it’s a turkey sandwich. Either way, you’re not too thrilled about it. We’ve all been there. We’ve also been there when the co-workers stop by and invite you out to the new burger joint down the street. This sounds much better, but at what cost – to your wallet and your heart? If only you could make your brown bag lunch more exciting. Well, you can!

Heart Month Day 14: Time Out - Does Your Heart Need a Break?

February 14, 2020

You wake up early, start making breakfast and lunches so you can get the kids fed, dressed and out the door in time for school. Follow that with eight or more hours at the office, sandwiched between traffic-laden commutes back and forth from the kids’ ball practice and dance lessons. Once you finally make it home, there’s still dinner to be made, dishes to be cleaned and baths to be taken. Whew.

Heart Month Day 12: A Happy Heart is a Healthy Heart

February 12, 2020

You’ve heard the phrase, “Laughter is the best medicine,” right? There might be more truth to it than you think. Not only is laughter free, but research shows that laughing can strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, alleviate pain and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. How, you might ask?

Heart Month Day 11: Is it a sign?

February 11, 2020

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), equating to approximately one in four male deaths and one in five female deaths. One of the ways to help change that statistic is by staying on top of the warning signs of heart disease so that it can be caught early.

Protecting Yourself and Our Community from the Flu

February 10, 2020

The autumn season has finally taken up residence, bringing some relief from the summer heat, along with its beautiful colors and seasonal traditions. Unfortunately, autumn also means that flu season is arriving – a period which usually peaks between December and February but can last as late as May.

Heart Month Day 10: More Numbers and a Major Risk Factor to Know

February 10, 2020

When it comes to heart health, you might hear your provider talk about your “numbers” – specifics about your health that play an important role in your heart health and determining your risk for heart disease. We’ve already talked about blood pressure, cholesterol and waist size, but there are other numbers that play a part, too.

Heart Month Day 9: Workplace Workouts - Easy Ways to Make Your Day More Active

February 9, 2020

From commuting to work and spending hours sitting behind a computer to watching TV or surfing the internet, there’s no doubt that we simply sit too much. The good news is that there are some easy ways to combat the sedentary lifestyle that can lead to a greater risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and other conditions, and make your day more active:

Heart Month Day 8: An Egg White a Day…

February 8, 2020

If you’re an egg lover, you may scoff at eating just the whites. Not so fast. If you’re open to a change, utilizing just the whites of the egg every now and then can benefit your heart, particularly if cholesterol is a concern. Egg whites are low in calories, high in protein and have no cholesterol. This egg white omelet is a great way to give them a try.

Heart Month Day 5: Namaste Healthy - The Heart Benefits of Yoga

February 7, 2020

Manage blood pressure. Control cholesterol. Reduce blood sugar. Get active. Eat better. Lose weight. Stop smoking. There’s a reason the most talked about ways to improve your heart health also make up the American Heart Association’s (AHA) “Simple 7,” a list of seven lifestyle strategies that can help you lower your risk for heart disease: they work!

Heart Month Day 6: Know Your Numbers

February 6, 2020

One step in taking an active role in your health to help ensure a healthy life is by knowing specific numbers that play an important role for your heart.

Heart Month Day 5: Give Your Kitchen Pantry Some Love

February 5, 2020

Eating smart for your heart starts at home. But how do you know what to stock up on to keep your meals heart-healthy? We’ve compiled a guide to help you plan your next grocery trip to stock up on nutritious foods that can help you and your family stay healthy – and satisfied at the dinner table.

Heart Month Day 4: Heart Disease 101 - Warning Signs for Women

February 4, 2020

As the number one killer of men and women in the U.S., you might think that gender doesn’t matter when it comes to heart disease. But it does. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in 16 women age 20 and older have coronary heart disease, while only approximately half of women recognize that heart disease is women’s number one killer. Additionally, women can sometimes experience heart attack symptoms differently from men.

Heart Month Day 3: Not All Symptoms Are Obvious: Overlooked Symptoms to Watch

February 3, 2020

We’ve all seen when heart attacks happen in the movies. A character is walking along when, suddenly, they grab their chest – wincing with pain – and immediately tell someone, “Call 911! I’m having a heart attack!” While that certainly does happen, the reality is that heart attacks can strike much more subtly – even happening to someone who otherwise might feel or seem completely healthy.

Heart Month Day 2: 30 Minutes a Day Can Help Keep Heart Disease Away

February 2, 2020

Did you know that exercising as little as 30 minutes each day can improve your heart health and quality of life? It can even be simple activities that are easier to incorporate into your schedule, like taking your dog for a jog, tossing a ball with your kids, dancing with friends or walking. According to the American Heart Association, walking is the simplest positive change you can make to improve your heart health.

Heart Month Day 1: Welcome to 29 Days of Heart Health

February 1, 2020

This February marks not only American Heart Month, but another leap year. That means an extra day to enjoy quality time with family and friends. An extra day to chase after your 2020 goals. And an extra day to focus on your heart health. Because, while leap year adds an extra day to the calendar, staying focused on maintaining good heart health can help add years to your life. So, welcome to the 29 Days of Heart Health.

29 Days of Heart: This Leap Year, Take Charge of Your Heart

January 31, 2020

Leap Year gives you an extra day. But a healthy heart can give you extra years. That’s why Sovah Health is celebrating American Heart Month with 29 Days of Heart. For each day in February, you can visit our Facebook page for an informative article to help you take charge of your heart health.

Sovah Health Limits Visitation Due to Seasonal Flu Outbreak

January 6, 2020

Due to high levels of respiratory viruses in the community, Sovah Health is implementing seasonal influenza precautions. Visitation restrictions will be in place during peak flu season – now and until further notice.

DIABETES: What You Should Know

October 29, 2019

If you aren’t living with diabetes, there’s a good chance that at least one of the friends or loved ones who you’ll see this upcoming holiday season is affected by the disease. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people in the U.S. – or one in 10 – have diabetes. And one in four of those are unaware that they have it. With November recognized as American Diabetes Month, it’s a great time to learn more about this condition and how you can help prevent and fight it.

Are You Covered?

October 29, 2019

November 1 marked the beginning of open enrollment for 2020 health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Since debuting in 2013, the Health Insurance Marketplace has provided access to low-cost healthcare coverage for millions who would otherwise be without health insurance or who are interested in taking advantage of more cost-effective alternatives to their current coverage.

The Fight Doesn’t End October 31

October 1, 2019

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time set aside each year to review our knowledge of this disease, shine a spotlight on its risks and symptoms, and raise awareness of how we can help fight it.

SOVAH HEALTH WELCOMES BRADLEY YEATTS, FNP

September 30, 2019

Sovah Health today announced that nurse practitioner Bradley Yeatts, FNP has joined Sovah Physician Practices and will be providing primary care for Sovah Family Medicine – Gretna.

SOVAH HEALTH WELCOMES PUSHPINDER GILL, MSN, FNP-C

September 9, 2019

Sovah Health today announced that family nurse practitioner Pushpinder Gill has joined its staff and will be providing primary care for patients at Sovah Family Medicine - Yanceyville.

DR. MOHAMMED SAAD JOINS RAVENEL CANCER CENTER

August 5, 2019

Sovah Health today announced that oncologist Mohammed Saad, MD has joined the Ravenel Cancer Center at Sovah Health’s Martinsville campus. Dr. Saad comes to Sovah Health from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Winston – Salem, NC) where he recently finished a dual fellowship in medical oncology and geriatric medicine.

Sovah Health is Making Communities Healthier. Here’s How.

August 1, 2019

This week, Sovah Health celebrates our 2nd anniversary, and we are proud to be a part of Danville, Martinsville and the surrounding areas. We believe that great communities – like this one – deserve great healthcare. As a leader in our community, we strive to provide the highest quality care possible – both inside and outside our hospitals’ walls – and are committed to our region’s overall well-being. That’s why our mission is Making Communities Healthier.

Sovah health Names 2019 Mercy Award WInners

May 3, 2019

Sovah Health recently announced that Chenise Blackwell (Sovah Health - Danville) and Brittany Collins (Sovah Health - Martinsville) have been recognized as its 2019 Mercy Award winners. The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s hospitals who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.

Sovah Health Appoints Three Leaders to Graduate Medical Education Program

April 18, 2019

Sovah Health today announced three permanent leadership appointments to its Graduate Medical Education (GME) program. After serving in interim roles, Amber Stephens, DO is Family Medicine Residency Program Director; Bonnie Burnham, DO is Director of Student Medical Education; and Leslie Sturdivant, FACHE, is Designated Institutional Officer (DIO) of Sovah Health.

When Springtime Allergies Strike: What to Do When You Can’t Stop and Smell the Roses

March 26, 2019

April showers might bring May flowers, but many of us are well aware that they can also bring tree and grass pollen and other allergens that can cause us to wheeze, sneeze and sniffle our way through spring. At Sovah Health, our mission is Making Communities Healthier®, and that includes helping you manage seasonal allergies.

Sovah Health Welcomes New Cardiology Nurse Practitioner

March 4, 2019

Sovah Health today announced that Misty Reagan, ANP has joined Sovah Health - Danville as an advanced practice provider in the hospital’s inpatient telemetry and cardiac unit. Caring for patients admitted to the unit, Misty will be rounding on cardiac patients with the attending cardiologist, assisting with care plans for cardiac patients, evaluating and assessing cardiac patients in the emergency room, providing patient education and coordinating of outpatient follow-up.

Sovah Health - Martinsville Opens New Joint & Orthopedic Unit

March 1, 2019

Sovah Health announced today the opening of a new inpatient joint and orthopedics unit at Sovah Health – Martinsville. The 10-bed unit, located on the second floor of the hospital, welcomed its first patients on Tuesday, February 19. An official ribbon cutting was held on Monday, February 25 with the joint and orthopedic team.

Julius Hermes Breast Care Center Adds 3D Mammography Services

January 10, 2019

Sovah Health - Martinsville announced today the addition of 3D mammography services to its Julius Hermes Breast Care Center. The advanced technology captures images of the breast from multiple angles to ensure a more complete and accurate scan. This allows for earlier and more effective detection of breast cancer and helps reduce the number of return visits caused by false positives.

Dr. William Sweezer Returns to Danville

January 2, 2019

Sovah Health today announced that board certified thoracic and vascular surgeon William P. Sweezer, Jr., MD FACS, has joined the medical staff at Sovah Health and will be seeing patients at the newly opened practice Sovah Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.

Weather Delays: December 12, 2018

December 9, 2018

All physician clinics and hospital departments are opening at their normal time today, Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

Cyber Security is a Team Sport: Everyone has a role to play in helping to ensure online safety

September 28, 2018

Need to pay a bill? Just click. Want to purchase a new appliance? Click. Send a party invite to a group? Click. The forward march of online technology continues to make our lives easier and free up more time for other activities. But with increased convenience comes increased risk of identity theft and an online attack on your finances and other confidential information. We all play a crucial role in making sure that our online experience is as secure as possible. It’s a good idea to use some of the extra time that online technology allows to take some simple, proactive steps to help ensure that you’re doing all you can to keep you, your family and your workplace safe online.

Sovah Health Welcomes New OB/GYN to Danville

August 7, 2018

Sovah Health today announced that Phillip Honea, DO, has joined its medical staff and will be practicing at Ob-Gyn Associates of Danville alongside physicians Alice Newell, Randolph Neal, Andrew Atkinson and Jason Ensminger.

Dr. Garrett Beatty Joins Sovah Residency Program Faculty

August 2, 2018

Sovah Health today announced that Garrett Beatty, DO has joined the Sovah Medical Residency Program at Sovah Health. A recent graduate of the program, Dr. Beatty will be educating and supervising resident physicians as well as treating patients at the Sovah Family Medicine Residency Clinic in Danville.

Dr. Jagannath Sherigar Joins Sovah Health in Danville

July 2, 2018

Sovah Health today announced that gastroenterologist Jagannath Sherigar, MD has joined its medical staff and will be practicing alongside Dr. Bhushan Pandya and Dr. Mukesh Patel at Danville Gastroenterology Center.

Sixteen graduate from Sovah Medical Residency Program

July 2, 2018

Sovah Health announced today that the Sovah Medical Residency Program hosted its graduation for medical residents on Friday, June 22 at the Institute of Advanced Learning and Research in Danville. Sixteen physicians were recognized for completing their three-year residency in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine at Sovah Health in 2018. Several physicians and employees were also honored with awards for their commitment to training medical students and for their dedication to their profession.

Dr. Kurt Voos Joins Sovah Health in Danville

June 28, 2018

Sovah Health today announced that Dr. Kurt Voos has joined its medical staff and will be offering orthopedic and trauma spine surgery for patients in Danville and Pittsylvania County and the surrounding region. Dr. Voos has joined the practice of Spectrum Medical located in the River District Tower.

Sovah Health – Martinsville Joins Duke Heart Network

April 5, 2018

Sovah Health today announced that its Martinsville campus has joined the Duke Heart Network effective Monday, April 2. The Duke heart affiliation allows hospitals like Sovah Health greater access to the experience and expertise of the Duke Heart Center, which is fifth in the nation for adult cardiology and heart surgery by the US News & World Report in 2016. Sovah Health’s two campuses Danville and Martinsville are the only hospitals in Virginia with this distinction.

Sovah Health Welcomes Dr. Lyne Aigner to Martinsville Campus

February 12, 2018

Sovah Health today announced that family medicine physician Lyne Aigner, MD has joined its staff and will be offering primary care to adult patients throughout Martinsville, Henry County and the surrounding region at Sovah Occupational Medicine. In addition to primary care, Dr. Aigner will work with nurse practitioner Melissa Smith, DNP to provide care to meet the occupational health needs of local businesses and industry in the area.

Sovah Health Recognized for Excellence with ACC Heart Failure Accreditation

February 8, 2018

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Sovah Health for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with heart failure. Both Sovah Health – Danville (“Danville”) and Sovah Health – Martinsville (“Martinsville”) were awarded Heart Failure Accreditation in December based on rigorous onsite reviews of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with heart failure through pre-hospital care, early stabilization, acute care, transitional care, clinical quality measures and more.

Dr. Tara Mancl Joins Sovah Health in Danville

January 10, 2018

Sovah Health today announced that general surgeon Tara Mancl, MD has joined its staff and will be offering surgical services to patients throughout Danville, Pittsylvania County and the surrounding region. Dr. Mancl has also joined Sovah Surgical Specialists (formerly Piedmont Surgery) located in River District Tower.

Dr. Uosife Alfahd joins Memorial Hospital

March 13, 2017

Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County (MHMHC) today announced that Uosife Alfahd, M.D. has joined its staff and will be offering orthopedic services to patients throughout Martinsville and Henry County, and the surrounding region. He has joined the practice of Martinsville Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (formerly the Bone & Joint Center) alongside Dr. Michael Wenkstern, also an orthopedic surgeon.

Dr. Nazim Khan Joins Memorial Hospital

July 7, 2015

Martinsville, VA (July 7, 2015) – Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County (MHMHC) today announced that Nazim Khan, M.D. has joined its staff and will be offering cardiology services to patients throughout Martinsville and Henry County, and the surrounding region. He has joined the practice of Southern Virginia Cardiovascular Consultants (SVCC) with Dr. Deepak Banerjee, also an interventional cardiologist. Dr. Khan brings more than 30 years of clinical experience to Memorial Hospital and SVCC.