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Educational health information to improve your well-being.

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Save Your Veins: What is Peripheral Vascular Disease

June 21, 2018

Even though heart and vascular care may seem like they would be very similar, the two are completely different. Heart care deals with treatment for problems that specifically affect your heart or the arteries and blood vessels exclusive to the heart. The specialists and type of treatments required to help a heart care patient vary based on the specific diagnosis. Vascular care involves treatment of issues negatively affecting circulation outside of the heart and brain. This care often occurs in the legs, neck, arms, and kidneys. The surgeons involved clear blockages in arteries and veins to... Continue Reading

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Keep Your Skin Safe From These 3 Cancers

June 19, 2018

As we approach summer, the height of everyday sun exposure, it's important to stay vigilant about our skin. Approximately 3.3 million people in America have skin cancer. The number of diagnosed cases continually increased, most likely due to better cancer detection technology. Left untreated though, skin cancer can be fatal. Skin cancers, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma, often start as changes to your skin. Noticing the change early can be life-saving! Let's take a closer look at what you can do to stay safe. How Does a Cancer Cause Harm? Cancer occurs... Continue Reading

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Choosing the Best Sunglasses for Your Eye Health

June 14, 2018

Aviators, wraparounds, round or square frames – We often think of sunglasses in terms of style or fashion. However, sunglasses are a vital part of practicing good eye health. The human eyes are amazing organs. Your eyes never rest, even when you're sleeping. On average, each of your eyes only weighs one ounce, the equivalent of a single slice of bread. Your eye muscles are among the strongest muscles in your body though. Just like your skin, your eyes are susceptible to injury, disease, and sunburn. In fact, every member of your family should have protective sunglasses, even children. A study... Continue Reading

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Beat the Heat: How to Prevent Heat Stroke

June 12, 2018

Blue skies, bright sun, and warm temperatures make for perfect days of working, playing, and being in the great outdoors. After the winter chill, we're all ready for a little fun in the sun. However, every season comes health hazards. For warmer seasons, heat stroke is the most serious heat-related injury. In fact, it can cause brain damage or even death. Staying safe in the sun is possible though. Learning about heat stroke and how to prevent it is an important step to protect yourself. Important Facts About Heat Stroke Temperature and humidity create dangerous conditions for heat stroke... Continue Reading

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Pain Points: The Anatomy of Headaches and Migraines

June 6, 2018

Nearly everyone has experienced a headache in their lifetime. The problem may be caused by something as simple as staying up too late or being overly stressed. However, headaches may be signaling to you that something more serious is at hand. How does a headache happen in your body, what type of headaches do you have, and when do you need to contact your doctor? The anatomy of headaches Even though it feels like it, a headache is not truly a pain in your brain. Most headaches happen in the nerves, blood vessels, and muscles that cover a person's head and neck. Often, the tissues or blood... Continue Reading

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YouTube As Your Tool for Physical Activity

June 5, 2018

While many people might associate going on the internet and watching YouTube videos with inactivity and being a couch potato, YouTube and other internet resources can really aid a physical activity routine. The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of physical activity with a notable heart rate increase every day. YouTube can help you enjoy those 30 minutes each day or introduce you to a new activity. YouTube was launched in 2005 and has enriched lives all over the world through cat videos, TV clips, educational videos, how-to instructions, and much more. Another... Continue Reading

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Don't Ignore These 5 Health Risks for Men

June 1, 2018

We’re all guilty of putting our health and well-being on the back burner from time to time. However, men tend to delay medical care more than women. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than one in five men have not seen a health professional in over a year. In fact, this is one of the reasons the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that the life expectancy for men is five years shorter than that of a woman. To maintain good health, there are five common health issues all men should know about. These conditions include heart disease, diabetes,... Continue Reading

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On the Frontline: The Unsung Heroes of EMS

May 30, 2018

You're home alone on a Friday night when all of a sudden you feel dizzy. Before you know it, you’re on the floor unable to get up. You know you need help but your family isn’t close by, and your spouse is out of town for a weekend business trip. Who do you call? Each year, the emergency department at Augusta Health treats more than 60,000 people. Not all of these patients made it to the hospital on their own or were transported by people they know. When there is no other way to get to the hospital safely, or there’s a dire emergency, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responders step in to help... Continue Reading

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An Inside Look at Treating Trauma

May 28, 2018

What does a crushed leg sustained in a car accident, a severe burn from scalding water, and a concussion from playing football have in common? They are all considered traumas. However, trauma includes a complex layering of both physical and psychological ramifications. Health care professionals deal with trauma in a variety of capacities from life-saving medical interventions to long-term emotional care. It’s estimated that at least 70% of people will experience a traumatic injury or event in their lifetime. In recent years, developing new treatment programs and revising old ones to meet... Continue Reading

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We Love Nurses and Why You Should Too

May 25, 2018

What is a career that requires you to walk an average of four miles a day, has over 100 different specialties to choose from and is consistently named one of the most trusting jobs? Nursing! Nurses are essential not only to patients but to the doctor's they support. While there are many different career paths for nursing, becoming a Registered Nurse (RN) provides a solid foundation for other roles or specialties. So, what does it take to become a registered nurse, and what do they do that makes the career so valuable? What is an RN? An RN, or registered nurse, is someone who has graduated... Continue Reading

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