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Warning Signs of Heart Attacks in Men and Women

February 6, 2020

About 630,000 Americans die each year from heart disease—that’s about 1 in 4 deaths. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women and can cause other complications, such as heart attacks. But if one were to imagine what a heart attack looked like, they almost always envision a man clutching his chest in pain before falling to their knees. It’s such an enduring image that some people assume that women aren’t victims of heart attacks at all. The truth is women are also at risk for heart attack—and are more likely to have a longer hospital stay after a heart attack occurs. Here, we... Continue Reading

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5 Fascinating Heart Facts

February 4, 2020

February is American Heart Month—in recognition, we wanted to share with you some facts about our favorite muscle. Hearts by the numbers The average person has a resting heart rate of between 60 and 100 beats per minute. That means that over the course of the day, your heart will have beat between 86,000 and 144,000 times. Over the course of a year, that’s well over 30 and 50 million individual beats. That’s a lot of work over the course of the year! It’s about the size of your fist You’ve probably heard that the human heart is about the size of a fist, but did you also know that the metaphor... Continue Reading

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Could Your Immune System Be Deficient?

January 28, 2020

Your immune system is a security network working 24/7 to keep your body healthy. It protects you from bacteria, viruses, fungi, and even your own cells if they become dangerously damaged or mutated. This incredible defense system includes 'security specialists' like macrophages, t-cells, neutrophils, other specialized white blood cells and their antibodies, your lymphatic system, and memory B cells. Like any other system in your body, however, your immune system can be damaged or weakened. When your 'security guards' are understaffed or weak, it can be easy for disease-causing pathogens to... Continue Reading

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What is an Infectious Disease?

January 23, 2020

An incalculable number of bacteria and other microorganisms live in the places we work, play, and travel. They even cover our skin and live in our intestines! Most of these, however, are effectively harmless to us. Some are actually beneficial. So What's the Difference? The difference between these and an infectious disease is where and how they live. An infectious disease means a foreign organism is living inside the body where it shouldn't, causing damage to the body's cells. These pathogens (disease-causing agents, such as bacteria or a virus) try to feed on cell nutrients, destroy body... Continue Reading

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Empower Yourself with these Facts about Cervical Cancer

January 21, 2020

January is recognized as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Across the country, organizations like the National Cervical Cancer Coalition ( NCCC ) and the American Sexual Health Association ( ASHA ) seek to raise awareness regarding the causes, risks, and preventable measures surrounding cervical cancer. Here’s a quick rundown of important facts to know about cervical cancer, and the virus most often at its source: HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer The American Cancer Society, estimated 13,750 women would be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2019 . The majority of these cases will be... Continue Reading

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This Talk Could Save a Life

January 16, 2020

We have all had that person in our lives who resisted going to the doctor. We might brush it off at first, but what if a trip to the doctor could save his or her life? What if a conversation you have with your loved one was the difference between life and death? This task can be daunting, so we are giving you some pointers on how to approach having this conversation with your loved one. Don't Guilt Them into It It is easy to try and guilt trip our loved ones into going to the doctor. Make sure you avoid saying things like, "You're being selfish." Guilt is not a good motivator and will... Continue Reading

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Know your Diabetes Basics

January 15, 2020

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way the body turns sugar into energy. There are several types of diabetes—the most common is Type 2 Diabetes.Continue Reading

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How to Recognize a Stroke

January 14, 2020

Many medical conditions allow you plenty of warning. Development of type 2 diabetes can occur over the course of decades. The first signs of certain cancers can be observed well before the condition is life-threatening. But in the case of a stroke, every moment counts. While there are many treatments for a stroke, the ones that work the best are only available if the stroke is recognized and diagnosed within the first 3 hours of symptoms . That’s why you are encouraged to act FAST during a stroke. It’s not just capitalized for emphasis, it’s a mnemonic device used to help you remember what... Continue Reading

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What to Know Before your Cervical Cancer Screening

January 9, 2020

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month, and there’s a reason it’s so early in the calendar. Unlike many other cancers, cervical cancers are difficult to detect. Whereas some cancers begin to produce symptoms in the earliest stages, cervical cancer earned its reputation as a “silent killer” by holding back on exhibiting symptoms until later on in its incubation. Fortunately, the ability to screen for cervical cancer does allow women an opportunity to detect the disease far earlier than they would be able to in waiting for symptoms to rise to the surface. Here, we hope to illuminate some of... Continue Reading

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Busting the Top 4 Mammogram Myths

January 7, 2020

If you're like most women, you may have some fear about getting a mammogram. However, this annual screening is nothing to fear and could ultimately save your life. Many myths surround the mammogram process, but we're here to set the record straight. Remember, knowledge is power when it comes to staying in good health. Myth #1 I don't have any symptoms of breast cancer or a family history, so I don't need to worry about having an annual mammogram. Fact: The American College of Radiation recommends annual screening mammograms for all women over the age of 40, regardless of symptoms or family... Continue Reading

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