All Stories for Orange Coast Memorial


Back on Beat

Left untreated, atrial fibrillation can cause life-threatening complications, such as stroke or heart failure.The human heartbeat is steady and predictable. At rest, the heart beats at about 60 to 100 beats per minute, providing much needed oxygen and nutrients to the organs of the body.But for millions of people, a steady and predictable heartbeat has been replaced by an irregular or extremely rapid one. These abnormal heart rhythms are called arrhythmias, and the most common form is atrial fibrillation, or AFib.

A Breath of Fresh Air

Low-dose CT lung screening saves tens of thousands of lives each year. As a Screening Center of Excellence, Orange Coast Memorial continues its commitment to helping more patients beat this deadly disease.
Lung cancer accounts for 27 percent of all cancer deaths – not because it’s the most prevalent cancer, but because it has historically been so difficult to detect in its earliest, most-treatable stages. Two-dimensional chest X-rays aren’t sensitive enough to detect tiny nodules and traditional Computerized Topography (CT) exposes patients to higher levels of radiation.

Pillars of Strength and Hope

State-of-the-art medical expertise and technology are hallmarks of the MemorialCare Breast Center at Orange Coast Memorial. But according to cancer patient Maxine Verch, so are kindness, encouragement, and genuine concern.

Taking Heartburn to Heart

GERD affects some 30 million people in the United States, yet it is surprisingly under-diagnosed. Many people simply accept the burning sensation and acid reflux as “normal.” “Often, patients don’t realize is that GERD is a serious digestive disorder that needs to be managed by medical professionals,” says Dr. Atif Iqbal. “Left undiagnosed or untreated, it can have long term complications.”

Winning the Match

It’s been nearly five years since Bob McIsaac beat pancreatic cancer – and he’s enjoying every minute.