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This Valentine’s, Get in Shape with Heart Health Exercises

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The saying “the heart wants what the heart wants” expresses how our desires can rule over our rational considerations. But, especially as we age, in a literal sense, it’s clear what the heart wants – and needs – is exercise. Being physically active can help strengthen the heart, keep your weight under control, and ward off damage to the arteries caused by high cholesterol, high blood sugar...

February is National Cancer Prevention Awareness Month

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Think there’s nothing you can do to prevent being diagnosed with cancer? Think again. More than 40% of all diagnosed cancers and nearly 50% of all cancer-related deaths in the United States can be attributed to preventable causes. While there is no certain way to prevent cancer, things like excess body weight, physical inactivity, smoking, and prolonged exposure to the sun increase the chances...

Stop Smoking with S.T.A.R.T.

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We all know smoking’s health risks. There are also other problems that smoking can cause, such as enjoying physical activity or qualifying for Life Insurance. Still, knowing the benefits of quitting doesn’t make it any easier to do so. That’s because smoking tobacco is not only a physical addiction but also a psychological habit. Ready To Stop Smoking? Cigarettes have nicotine, which provides a...

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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November is officially Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  The event started back in 1995 as Lung Cancer Awareness Day. As the lung cancer community and the lung cancer movement grew, awareness activities increased. Therefore, it became apparent there was a need for a larger awareness campaign beyond just a day. On December 1, 2020, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution...

Cancer Patients Experiencing Chemo Brain: Get Those Feet Moving!

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This October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month was greeted with some early good news: reports released in September indicate that breast cancer patients experiencing symptoms like “chemo brain” can benefit greatly with regular exercise. What is “Chemo Brain”? “Chemo brain” refers to common symptoms often reported by patients while undergoing chemotherapy. These...

When Should I Call an Ambulance?

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There’s a good chance that at some point you or someone close to you will have a medical emergency. Times like these can be emotional and stressful, but it’s important you remain focused and calm. Knowing when you should call an ambulance can make all the difference. You should call for an ambulance if: The person’s condition appears life-threatening or could worsen and become life-threatening...

Traveling with A Heart Condition: Know Before You Go

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Planning on a road trip to visit family or flying somewhere exotic? Either way, if you’re watching out for a heart condition and you’re planning to travel, the first stop on your itinerary should be your doctor’s office. Talk with your doctor about how you’re feeling, where you want to go, and what you want to do on your vacation. If your plans include strenuous activities that you don’t do on a...

How “F.A.S.T.” Can You Recognize the Signs of a Stroke?

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According to a recent study, the majority of adults don’t know the most common symptoms of a stroke. This is particularly alarming because nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year. And with a stroke, time is truly of the essence. Patients who are given of the clot-busting treatment t-PA (tissue plasminogen activator) within three hours are significantly more likely to leave the...

High Blood Pressure = Higher Risk of a Stroke

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May is both National Stroke Awareness Month and National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month. But that’s not the only link they share. High blood pressure damages arteries throughout the body, creating conditions where they can burst or clog more easily. Weakened arteries in the brain, resulting from high blood pressure, increase your higher risk of a stroke — which is why managing high...

Take Your Heart for a Hike

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Nearly everyone, regardless of age or athletic ability, can find a hike that offers the right level of personal challenge. Like brisk walking, hiking is a good way to improve your cardiovascular fitness, particularly if your route includes some hills, which will increase your heart rate. And hiking may even offer some unique physical and mental benefits. Hiking Is A Natural Stress Reliever One of...

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