At The Heart Podcast

At The Heart is a podcast delivering the best in heart health tips and giving you access to the Arkansas Heart Hospital’s physicians and team of experts. Hosted by Lisa Fischer and Michelle Rupp, each episode features a new topic and expert to provide simple, straightforward advice on how to live a healthier, heart-happier life. Be sure to share and subscribe!


November 20, 2018 – Introducing Encore — The Hospital of the Future with Dr. Bruce Murphy

Construction has officially begun on the hospital of the future: Arkansas Heart Hospital — Encore Medical Center! This new hospital, located in Saline County, will bring highly specialized and expert care focused on bariatric surgery and medicine, peripheral vascular disease (PAD), and intensive cardiac rehab. With a cutting-edge new campus in a fast-growing community, we couldn’t be more excited to see what the future holds. That’s why we’re speaking today with Arkansas Heart Hospital’s CEO, Dr. Bruce Murphy, to share his vision and passion for this profound new step in serving Arkansas patients.

November 6, 2018 – Living Your Best Life with Type 2 Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Today we’re talking about how patients with well-controlled type 2 diabetes can live the lives they want (and still eat a lot of what of they enjoy). We’re also touching on how to prevent diabetes in yourself and future generations, helping raise a healthier Arkansas.

October 30, 2018 – Bariatric Surgery: An Investment In Your Life with Kady Hill

With a diabetes cure rate of 83% with the gastric bypass and 66% with the gastric sleeve, the Bariatric & Metabolic Institute at Arkansas Heart Hospital has helped patients reach their weight goals and achieve better health. Kady Hill, director of the Bariatric & Metabolic Institute, is with us today to discuss who the institute serves and how the program not only focuses on weight loss but improved health all together.

Heart Healthy Tips

October 23, 2018 – Keep Your Heart (And Your Sanity) Healthy This Holiday Season

We are on the cusp of the busiest — and tastiest — time of the year. So we’ve provided a simple roadmap to navigating the holidays while making sure your health stays strong and your stress stays low. From wrapping gifts to planning parties to actually enjoying the holidays — here’s some guidance to give you a great season.

October 16, 2018 – Building Stronger Hearts Through Cardiac Rehab with Christine Alongi

When most people think of post-surgery rehab, they commonly think of knee, hip or shoulder repair — the type of surgeries that require weeks or months of rehabilitation to regain full function. But orthopedic surgeries aren’t the only surgeries that require rehab — cardiac rehab is every bit as essential following a heart surgery. Which is why we built the Strong Hearts Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Center where participants are offered a personalized program focused on exercise, eating behaviors, food preparation, understanding medications and stress management. We’re here with Christine Alongi, the center’s director, to learn more about the great services Strong Hearts Rehab provides.

October 9, 2018 – Spiritual Health Empowering Your Physical Health with Chaplain Larry Charles

Arkansas Heart Hospital’s Chaplain Larry Charles serves as the faith liaison to our patients, their families and our staff, bringing spiritual wellness and guidance. Brother Larry, however, didn’t start out as a chaplain — he began as a gastroenterology tech in the operating room. He’s in the studio today to share his story — moving from the operating room to the chaplaincy — and how spiritual health can profoundly impact your physical health.


October 2, 2018 – Benefit Heart Health at the Festival of Wines with Dr. Gary Nash

Drinking wine has proven to have great benefits for heart health. So it’s only natural that we talk about the Festival of Wines: Cocktails & Cuisine, which benefits the American Heart Association. We have former Festival Chair Dr. Gary Nash in studio to talk about the event and what you can expect. Happening on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 in North Little Rock, Ark. at Dickey-Stephens Park, this amazing event will help fundraise for better heart health care across the state and nation. The festival features more than 20 wines to sample, along with food from 20 restaurants, craft beer, cocktails and more!”

September 25, 2018 – Healthy Eating: How To Cook After A Heart Attack with Chef Mark 

After a cardiac event, your life changes — and so does what you eat. But what are the best ways to eat healthy when it comes to your heart? Chef Mark Elliotte, Arkansas Heart Hospital’s full-time chef, is in the studio with us to share his best tips for cooking great-tasting, heart-healthy meals. More than a great cook, Chef Mark is also an educator for our cardiac rehab facility, Strong Hearts, spending each day with patients to teach them how to prepare wholesome, healthy foods.

September 18, 2018 – Celebrating 10 Years of Wound Care with Dr. Loretta DePalo

Today, we’re celebrating! For 10 years, Arkansas Heart Hospital’s Wound Care Center has been treating non-healing and chronic wounds for patients in Little Rock. So we’re speaking to Dr. Loretta DePalo, director of the Wound Care Center, who’s here to talk about the life-changing work the center does for patients who have suffered from chronic wounds for weeks, months and even years.

September 11, 2018 – Leg Pain, Peripheral Arterial Disease And How It Ties Back To The Heart With Ian M. Cawich, MD

Experiencing leg pain that doesn’t go away? Or perhaps wounds in your legs and feet that heal very slowly? It may have to do with your heart. Consistent leg pain may be due to Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), which goes hand-in-hand with heart disease. With September being PAD Awareness Month, we brought interventional cardiologist Ian M. Cawich, MD into the studio to talk about how you can lower your risk for PAD, and how a history of smoking can increase that risk.

September 4, 2018 – Is Your Heart Aflutter? With Dr. Monica Lo

Kicking off Atrial Fibrillation Awareness month, today we sit down with Electrophysiologist Dr. Monica Lo. Electrophysiology, for those who don’t know, is the study of the electrical system of your heart. If you deal with A-Fib, or are interested in how the electrical functions of the heart work, you’ll want to hear some of the lifesaving options as well as how to keep living your best life.

August 28, 2018 – Diabetes and Endocrinology with Dr. Beth Crowder, PhD

Arkansas Heart is proud to offer a new outpatient service! Offering diabetes education and nutrition consulting in our Little Rock and other selected clinics. This program will provide outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) classes with a certified diabetes educator, as well as Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) with a registered dietitian who will work with you to meet your individualized needs to better manage your diabetes.

August 21, 2018 – Listen To Your legs with Ian M. Cawich, MD

The superficial venous system is more important than it sounds. Those aching legs may be trying to tell you something. Circulatory problems in the legs usually come with symptoms like swelling, aching and changes to your skin.


August 14, 2018 – Digital Medicine, Augmented and Virtual Reality — The Future Is Here with Dr. Murphy

Every August, Arkansas Heart hosts Heart Summit. This year, hospital CEO Dr. Bruce Murphy continues to push AHH to new frontiers — including digital medicine, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Digital medicine and AR are changing how patients access and receive care. AR is being used right now in innovative pain management. VR improves educational opportunities for providers.

August 7, 2018 – Champions For Health and Champions For Our Children with Sue Owens

Arkansas’s child obesity rate is 40%. Children are our most precious asset. Which is why the hospital Foundation got a make-over. Champions for Health. They are partnering with experts across the country and have formulated a pilot program for Morrilton Intermediate School teaching students how to be champions for themselves.

July 31, 2018 – Is It a Charlie Horse or Something More Significant with Dee White 

Vein and Vascular Institute Clinical Director Dee White wants you to know your legs don’t have to hurt and if they do what it could mean. Awarded Best Vein and Vascular Treatment, how your legs can give clues if there’s something wrong with your heart.


July 24, 2018 – Don’t Let the Arkansas Heat Beat You with Christine Alongi

Hydration before, during, and after exercising, working outside, even going to the pool. It’s the rule to staying healthy this summer. Don’t let the humidity and heat take you out of the game.


July 17, 2018 – Discover the Only Cardiac Prehabilitation Program in the Nation with Dr. Eric Martin

Arkansas Heart Hospital is innovative in its techniques and this new way of preparing patients for surgery is no different. Discover the only cardiac prehabilitation program in the nation, is right here in Little Rock.

July 10, 2018 – Our History — Past, Present and Always Patient-Focused with Andrea Nelson

Arkansas Heart Hospital is located in the heart of Little Rock. It started with humble roots as the state’s first specialty hospital completely dedicated to the heart more than 20 years ago. The road to success was paved with uncertainty and determination. Today that mission continues to be patient-driven and is as innovative as ever.

July 3, 2018 – Good vs. bad cholesterol; which is which? with Dr. Michael Huber

Cardiologist Dr. Michael Huber breaks down the vocabulary when it comes to cholesterol. HDL, LDL, Triglycerides: What do these words mean, their effects on you and how you can have better numbers?

June 18, 2018 – Healthy Eating – You are the CEO of you with Samantha Stewart 

From shopping and preparation to portion planning, take power into your own hands and know more about healthy eating. Registered Dietitian Samantha Stewart is your food coach.

June 12, 2018 – Nursing – The Career with a Heart with Kelly Hall

Nurses make an impact every day. They are caring, compassionate and at Arkansas Heart treat patients like family.  According to the Labor Department it’s one of the fastest growing professions. If you’re looking for a career change or just curious about the profession, you won’t want to miss this podcast.

June 5, 2018 – Food for the Heart: Food Services with Casey Atwood

With grass-fed meats, ramen and a food truck, Arkansas Heart Hospital’s menu is far from that of a typical hospital. This week, we’re talking to AHH culinary department director Casey Atwood about all things food services and what makes the menu at AHH something special.

May 29, 2018 – A Change of Heart: Intensive Cardiac Rehab with Christine Alongi

Just like any other muscle, your heart needs to be strengthened when it’s been sick. In this week’s episode, we’re talking to Christine Alongi, director of strong hearts cardiac rehabilitation program, about intensive cardiac rehab and how it can help your heart get back on its rhythm.

May 23, 2018 – Good Bones: Osteoporosis Prevention with Eric Martin

Heart heath and bone health go hand in hand, and you might be more at risk for osteoporosis than you think. This week, we’re talking with Eric Martin, Director of Wellness and Prehabilitation at Arkansas Heart Hospital about osteoporosis and how you can prevent it.

May 22, 2018 – Sleep Well: Sleep Studies with Jason Henry

In our very first episode, Jason Henry, Senior Clinical Director of Ancillary Services at Arkansas Heart Hospital, is answering all the questions you never knew you had about sleep studies – is snoring really a bad thing? When is a good time to turn off your phone before bed? There’s a lot we can learn from sleep studies, and Jason is here to fill us in.


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