Understanding Chest Pain
Without a medical provider, there is no simple way to tell whether or not chest pain is associated with the heart. Learning more about causes and characteristics can help you be better prepared to put your health first.
Fisher Catholic High School Accredited as Heart Safe
In December 2022, Fisher Catholic High School in Lancaster received a three-year Heart Safe School Accreditation from Community Heart Watch.
Living Proof – Mike’s Story
After years of avoiding routine check-ups, a near-fatal event has Mike North counting his blessings – and encouraging others not to put off their preventative care.
FMC Expands Electrophysiology Program, Treatment
Fairfield Medical Center’s comprehensive cardiovascular program is investing in technology to expand care and treatment options for patients with arrhythmias, or abnormal heart rhythms.
Provider Podcast: Preventive Cardiac Imaging with Dr. Jonathan Forquer
Dr. Jonathan Forquer discusses preventive cardiology: The practice of preventing heart attacks before they happen.
Surviving and Thriving – Deb’s Heart Story
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, and Deb Gilbert almost contributed to that statistic. Thanks to her grandson’s lifesaving actions and the care of her cardiac and therapy teams at FMC, Deb is now urging other women to pay attention to the warning signs that she ignored.
Atrial Fibrillation: What You Need to Know
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most commonly treated arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm in the nation. This condition is more likely to develop as we age, and it’s estimated that 12.1 million people in the United States will have AFib in 2030 (CDC).
Community Heart Watch Unveils Mobile CPR and AED Training Unit
Community Heart Watch is proud to announce that its new CPR and AED mobile training unit will begin serving Fairfield, Hocking and Perry counties beginning this spring. The mobile training unit is a 14’ trailer equipped with CPR manikins and AED training devices. Throughout the year, Community Heart Watch members will bring the unit to various community events to provide hands-on training for CPR and AED use.
Fairfield Medical Center Reunites Recovered Heart Patients with Caregivers
Fairfield Medical Center hosted a special reunion at FMC’s River Valley Campus. During the event, three recovered cardiac patients were given the opportunity to share a heartfelt “thank you” with the caregivers who not only made a difference in their lives, but who made their survival and recovery possible.
State Highway Patrol Trooper Honored by Community Heart Watch for Lifesaving Intervention
A State Highway Patrol Trooper was posthumously honored with a Great Save Award from Community Heart Watch after he helped save the life of a person who suffered cardiac arrest while driving.
Community Heart Watch Recognizes Lancaster Man for Lifesaving Intervention
The Lancaster Fire Department, Fairfield Medical Center and Community Heart Watch recently came together at Deb’s Corner Café in Lancaster to recognize a staff member from the restaurant whose quick action helped save a life.
Cardiac Rehab: Confidence in Recovery
Surviving a heart scare often marks the start of a new, health-focused lifestyle. For many, it’s a realization that can feel overwhelming. This was certainly true for Keith Garrett, now 57, of Lancaster. Hours after experiencing a cardiac event and receiving care at Fairfield Medical Center, Keith found himself wondering what his future might look like. Fortunately for him, his doctor instructed him to enroll in FMC’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program in the coming weeks.
Fairfield Co. Wins $5,000 Grant in AED Pulsepoint Contest
Fairfield Medical Center’s Community Heart Watch Committee is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the PulsePoint Foundation, money that will be used to purchase AEDs (automated external defibrillators) for public safety staff and the community.
Community Heart Watch Receives $9,950 Grant from Fairfield Co. Foundation
Fairfield Medical Center and Community Heart Watch – a committee dedicated to raising awareness and improving survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) – recently received a $9,950 grant from the Fairfield County Foundation that will be used for education and the purchase of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for the community.
Saving Lives from SCA Takes Courage
Bystander intervention from neighbors, strangers and friends can double or triple the chance of a cardiac arrest victim’s survival. Unfortunately, emergency situations can inspire fear – and fear can make us freeze. Being aware, prepared and armed with the knowledge to intervene can give you the courage you need to save a life.
The Long Road Home – Dale’s Heart Care Journey
In a year full of challenges and tribulations, heart attack survivor Dale Richardson and his girlfriend Merri found comfort in two simple realizations: Miracles are possible, and the world is full of kind people.
Lancaster Teen Recognized by Lancaster Fire Department, FMC for Heroic Actions
The Lancaster Fire Department, Fairfield Medical Center and FMC Community Heart Watch came together during Festival Fair Day on July 24 to recognize a local teenager whose quick action helped save the life of his grandmother.
Heart Health: Blood Pressure Facts
In today’s world, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction, but it’s important to know which is which – especially when it comes to heart health. Learn more about common (and misleading) blood pressure myths.
Educators Save Life of Local Student, Recognized for Taking Action
On April 27, Fairfield Medical Center and the Community Heart Watch committee recognized seven Lancaster City Schools staff members for their lifesaving actions during a medical emergency in January 2021.
A Lifesaving Milestone – One Year Anniversary of TAVR
After taking medication for years to control his heartburn, Drew Mace wanted a permanent solution. He opted to undergo anti-reflux surgery at FMC – and hasn’t touched his medication since.
Winter and Heart Health: Risks and Prevention
Winter can be tough on all of us, but did you know the chilly temperatures can also affect your heart? Learn more about seasonal risks to your cardiovascular health.
Beating Heart Valve Disease
In 2019, David Mast noticed he had less energy than he used to. The Structural Heart Team at FMC quickly determined he was suffering from aortic stenosis – and they made a plan to fix it. Learn more about the symptoms of aortic stenosis and valve disease treatment.
Heart Health: Preventing Heart Disease
The thought of preventing heart disease might seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Making simple, healthy choices in your day-to-day life can go a long way towards improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk factors.
FMC Honors Excellence in Heart Attack Care
As 2020 drew to a close, STEMI Coordinator Deserae “Des” Belcher, RN, recruited the help of leadership to honor and thank the departments essential to providing such outstanding cardiac care: the Cath Lab, Emergency Department and Open-Heart Teams.
Heart Health: Know Your Numbers
Your blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI and blood sugar all play important roles in your cardiovascular health. If you don’t know your critical numbers, talk to your primary care provider: it might be time for a check-up.
FMC Recognizes First Responders
Recently, members of Fairfield Medical Center’s cardiac and emergency response team hit the road to honor some of their greatest teammates in the region: first responders.
FMC Celebrates One Year of TAVR, Improved Quality of Life
Learn more about FMC’s innovative valve replacement technology and what it means for the community.
Heart of the Community – Scott’s Heart Care Story
Sudden cardiac arrest survivor Scott Hardwick nearly died multiple times in one day, but the quick thinking and action of his caregivers saved his life.
Robert “Bob” Jones recently became the first patient at Fairfield Medical Center to be treated with the TAVR procedure, an innovative alternative to open-heart surgery.
Enjoying the Ride
A small heart pump and a skilled team of caregivers at FMC saved Delbert Buck’s life following a sudden heart attack.