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Oklahoma Heart Institute cardiologist Dr. Neil Agrawal shares some of the common questions he receives from his patients in Cushing to help improve their heart health. To schedule an appointment with Oklahoma Heart Institute call 918-592-0999.

How do I change my diet and become healthier?


How does cardiovascular disease differ for men and women?


What role does genetics play in my heart disease risk?


In 2007, the national government took a survey to see how many people had meditated within the last 12 months and they found that 20 million Americans had practiced meditation at some time. Meditation has been a practice long used in many ancient and spiritual traditions, but recently it has been practiced secularly and non-religiously. Many people find meditation to be anxiety-relieving, to cope with illness or to enhance health and well-being.

For a long time it was unknown exactly what happens to the brain when a person meditates, but a new study claims to have the... Read More »

DeCleasha Martin, DCM, has had an interest in cooking from an early age, when her parents encouraged her to try new things in the kitchen, even if it meant making a little mess. Today, DeCleasha starts every day in the Hillcrest Hospital Cushing kitchen thinking of new things to add to the menu. From her travels, patients, guests and staff are enjoying tastes from around the world.

With the warmer temperatures of spring, come longer days, fresh blooms and more people spending time outside enjoying activities like sports. For local Cushing student-athletes, spring also ushers in the start of new baseball and soccer seasons, as well as football training on the horizon. To help protect our athletes from head injuries, Hillcrest Hospital Cushing and Cushing High School announced a new program last fall to assist athletic trainers and coaches in evaluating and treating head injuries through the software tool ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive... Read More »


The American Heart Association Scientific Sessions are underway this week in Dallas – a gathering of more than 18,000 heart health experts from more than 100 countries. When speakers take the podium to present to the latest in research, the world is listening. Cardiologist Mariell Jessup, president of the American Heart Association, is among several experts taking the stage. She has been talking about the new guidelines released last week to reduce the number of heart attacks and strokes – including a new risk assessment tool that is garnering quite a bit of discussion. Dr. Jessup... Read More »

Few people say they wake every morning feeling rested and energetic for the day ahead. Across the country, an estimated 60 percent of Americans report having difficulty sleep soundly at night and 40 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. Sleep in Cushing in much like the rest of the country and Oklahoma Heart Institute is working to solve sleep problems for patients, not only so they can get a good night’s rest, but improve their short-term and long-term health.

Untreated sleep disorders can have a dramatic impact on your health, including increasing your risk for... Read More »

Nephrolithiasis, also known as kidney stones, affects approximately 1 in 11 Americans; however that number is on the rise in recent years. Researchers have found the number of cases has nearly doubled since the early 1990s, which leads many people to ask the question, “Why are we getting more kidney stones?” Certain areas of the country appear to be affected by cases of kidney stones more than others. Is it our diets? It is something in the water? Could it be due to our growing waist lines?

Several theories or wives tales have circulated throughout the years as to what causes kidney... Read More »

One of the earliest and most prolific oil discoveries in Oklahoma occurred just outside of Cushing, Okla., in 1912. The then-small but thriving town grew quickly as the oil industry firmly planted roots in what is known today as the pipeline crossroads of the world. In those early years of discovery and drilling, the Cushing-Drumright field produced 20 million to 50 million barrels a year. Today, Cushing remains at the center of focus in the oil industry and was even one of President Obama’s stops during the 2012 presidential campaign.


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