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American Heart Month – Understand Health Conditions: Defining Heart Disease

HEART DISEASE:  Defining Heart Disease    


The American Heart Association is a great source of information to help you better understand heart disease, after looking at their website, www.heart.org, we found some great information, including some explanations of all of the different heart issues that can fall under the category of heart disease.

Heart disease is a term used to describe a number of issues related to the heart and blood vessels, including:

Atherosclerosis sometimes referred to as “the hardening of arteries,” is a condition that causes plaque to build-up in the arteries and blood vessels, leading to the narrowing and blockage of the arteries and vessels, and restricting blood flow, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, which occurs when the heart is not pumping blood as well as it should, causing the body to lack sufficient blood and oxygen flow.

Arrhythmia is used to describe an abnormal heartbeat or rhythm. An arrhythmia is usually diagnosed if the heart beats too fast, to slow, or irregularly, and is often described as the heart being “out of rhythm” or “skipping.

There are different types of arrhythmia.

Bradycardia: a slow heart, less than 60 beats per minute.

Tachycardia: a fast heart rate of more than 100 beats per minute.

Either type of arrhythmia can impact how well the heart works, including preventing the heart from pumping enough blood through the body.

Heart Valve problems can impact the flow or circulation of blood through the body. There are several types of heart valve problems, including stenosis, regurgitation, and prolapse.

Stenosis: the heart valves do not open enough to allow the blood to flow through as it should.

Regurgitation: If the heart valves do not completely close and allowing blood to leak through.

Prolapse: the heart valve leaflets bulge or fall back into the upper chamber of the heart.

If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with any of these conditions, it is important to take proactive steps to prevent further damage or health risk.

For more information about how to protect you and your family talk with your doctor, and visit the American Heart Association website at www.heart.org. There you will find tons of information about heart health.

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Wallace & Graham, P.A. is proud to support the American Heart Association and to celebrate American Heart Month.

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Free Screening of “From the Ashes,” a documentary about the impact of the coal industry to take place in Durham and Salisbury Thursday, June 15th.


“From the Ashes” a documentary about national the impact of the coal industry is set to air on the National Geographic Channel later this month, but on Thursday, June 15th, the Yadkin Riverkeeper, Sierra Club, and residents from the Salisbury, NC, area will be hosting a free screening of the documentary.


The documentary “From the Ashes,” debuted at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, will be airing on National Geographic Channel on June 25th and is set for global distribution later this year. The film, produced by Michael Bonfiglio of RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, seeks to provide a realistic, unbiased, clear-eyed examination of the impact of the coal industry, and who, what and how’s of the industry’s impact. The film discusses issues ranging from the economy and the environment to the health and safety of communities and individuals working and living near coal mining and coal-fueled energy production facilities.


A New York Times review of the film finds it provides “a concise overview of the issues,” without placing blame on business executives or politicians, instead, letting those most impacted tell their own stories of how their land, air, water, and lives have been affected by the coal industry. Going on the say that ‘From the Ashes,’ does not need much commentary from corporate or political spokespeople, because the dismay and sorrow of those most impacted speaks for itself through the stories told in the film.


Some of the stories included in the film are those of local residences in Dukeville, North Carolina. The small community of Dukeville, which is not far from the Buck Steam Station, is featured because of the effects of pollutions from the operation of the power station, which led to the state of North Carolina noting residence in April 2015 that the community’s water was not safe to drink. Following the state’s warning, the community worked to hold Duke Energy, the operator of the Buck Steam Station, accountable for the toxic impact of their actions. According to Will Scott, Yadkin Riverkeeper, “Duke has to clean up,” this will include cleaning up coal ash and running a water line to the community to provide them with clean water. Scott called the community’s efforts a “testament to what a small community can do, even against the country’s largest utility, to defend their right to clean water.”


See below for a listing of Free Community Screenings of “From the Ashes.”


Form more information about the documentary, “From the Ashes” visit the film’s website at www.fromtheashesfilm.com


Tune into the National Geographic Channel premiere of “From the Ashes” on June 25th at 9 p.m.






SALISBURY              Thursday, June 15, at 6:30 PM

Location:        Norvell Theatre,

135 E. Fisher St.

Salisbury, NC

No ticket is needed; seating is first come, first served.

Doors open at 6:00 PM.



DURHAM                               June 15 at 7:00 PM

Location:        Levin Jewish Community Center

1937 W Cornwallis Rd,

Durham, NC 27705

For more information call:  (919) 354-4936