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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...

Heart-Stopping Facts About Your Heart

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Everyone knows it’s important to keep our heart healthy, but here are a few facts to inspire you to do so: • The average heart beats about 115,000 times a day, or 42 million times a year. • It pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood a day through about 60,000 miles of blood vessels. • The aorta, the body’s main artery, is about the diameter of a garden hose. • Some capillaries are ten...

Laughter Could Save Your Life. No Joke.

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If you love a good laugh, scientists can now explain why. According to a recent study by the Maryland School of Medicine, laughter could literally save your life. Researchers found that laughter expands the endothelium—the protective barrier lining our blood vessels—and increases blood flow. This process reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke. When you laugh, blood...

Heartwarming News About Hot Peppers

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If you like hot peppers, a new study by the Mediterranean Neurological Institute in Italy could give you reason to love them wholeheartedly. Among 25,000 participants monitored over eight years, the risk of dying from a heart attack was 40% lower among those eating chili peppers at least four times a week. Though researchers have yet to pinpoint the root of the positive benefits, some dieticians...

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