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Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak among first to offer alternative to
blood-thinning medications for atrial fibrillation

Cardiologists at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak have performed the Midwest’s first implant of a device recently approved by the FDA for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. The Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure implant is an alternative to long-term use of blood-thinning warfarin medication to reduce the risk of stroke.

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Ferndale woman’s weight loss surgery life-changing

For Courtney Kent, 30, of Ferndale, life wasn’t always as easy as riding a bicycle. She had high blood pressure, arthritis and sleep apnea. She was told most of her health problems were due to being overweight. With a body mass index, or BMI, of 68, she couldn’t walk up stairs without stopping to catch her breath.

94-year-old Dearborn Heights woman beats cancer and heart disease

2014 was an eventful year for Lily Dudgeon of Dearborn Heights. The feisty, independent 94-year-old faced and beat the two biggest killers of humankind: first cancer, then heart disease.

Beaumont offers Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment through Feb. 15

Beaumont Health System is offering assistance for those who need help signing up for insurance plans through the health reform Health Insurance Marketplace. Appointments with navigators and certified application counselors are available now through Sunday, Feb. 15.

Beaumont offers free student heart checks Saturday, Jan. 31 at Plymouth High School

High school students and parents should know: the typical school sports physical may fall short in assessing heart health.

Beaumont Health announces appointment of John T. Fox as president and chief executive officer

The Beaumont Health Board of Directors has announced the appointment of John T. Fox as president and chief executive officer of Beaumont Health. Fox will join the organization in March.

Beaumont Health announces new structure; names next level of executives

Gene Michalski, president and CEO of newly formed Beaumont Health, has announced an organizational structure that will drive integration and guide the new health organization in achieving its vision for high-quality, high-value health care with a seamless patient experience.

Cold facts: As temperatures fall, potential dangers rise

Old man winter has recently kicked it into overdrive. Forecasters are calling for continued cold, frigid temperature readings through the weekend. As temperatures plummet, the chance of frostbite, hypothermia and other health dangers, such as chest pain are on the rise.

Year in review: Beaumont’s Top 12 stories in 2014

With 2014 winding down, Beaumont’s media relations team is taking a look back at stories that captured local, national and sometimes international media attention over the past year.

Advancing heart care: Local woman dances again after minimally invasive heart surgery

After a lifetime of good health habits, jogging, cycling and hiking, Geraldine Baginski, of Washington Twp., noticed a spike in her blood pressure. Minimally invasive heart valve replacement surgery allowed her to resume her active lifestyle.

Beaumont named a 2014 National Best and Brightest Sustainable Company

Beaumont Health System has been recognized as a 2014 National Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies Winner by the National Association of Business Resources. The honor recognizes organizations from all industries that focus on inspiring sustainability and take the lead on green initiatives.