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Educational health information to improve your well-being.

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Are Vegetarian Diets Really Healthier?

June 8, 2017

World-renowned figures as diverse as Gandhi and Bob Marley have advocated for the virtues of a vegetarian diet, and to a degree, science does as well. Many scientific studies have demonstrated the remarkable health benefits provided by a vegetarian diet. Of course, where there are studies confirming health benefits of certain foods, a few weeks later someone else releases a different study that seems to contradict the prior study. No wonder everyone's confused. So, if you're wondering if vegetarian diets are healthier for your body, here's the real scoop. What Exactly is a Vegetarian Diet? A... Continue Reading

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Unique Stroke Risk Factors for Women

June 7, 2017

While stroke is the fifth leading cause of death for men, it is the third leading cause of death for women. In fact, every year 55,000 more women have strokes than men. Since women typically live longer than men, stroke can have an especially long-lasting effect on their lives. More women: Live alone when they experience a stroke Are more likely to live in a long-term care facility after a stroke Fare worse in their post-stroke recovery It is vital for women to protect their health by understanding their unique stroke risk factors. General Stroke Risk Factors for Women You can improve your... Continue Reading

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5 Reasons Owning a Pet Helps You Stay Healthier

June 6, 2017

While an apple a day might or might not keep the doctor away, your pet can also help keep you healthy. In fact, when it comes to owning a pet, there are several proven benefits to your health. For instance, you can decrease your risk of having a heart attack by owning a pet. Pet ownership has also helped people improve their emotional and mental health. Yes, being a pet guardian can even help lower your blood pressure. So, if you're looking for a reason to take the plunge into pet ownership, here are five reasons why making a new furry friend might be just what the doctor ordered. Lovable Fur... Continue Reading

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What Causes a Stroke?

June 5, 2017

You may already recognize the warning signs of a stroke. While the signs may vary from person to person, the trademark of these symptoms is that they come on suddenly. Someone experiencing a stroke may not be able to lift their arms, their face might droop on one side, or their speech might be slurred. Getting help fast can mean the difference between lifelong disabilities and a full recovery. There are two primary types of strokes: Ischemic Strokes Hemorrhagic Strokes Each type affects the brain in different ways and can have different causes. Ischemic Strokes Ischemic strokes are more... Continue Reading

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What to Do When Someone is Having a Stroke

June 2, 2017

No one wants to see a loved one experience a stroke. However, if you suspect your loved one is suffering from a stroke or transient ischemic attack, you need to help them as quickly as possible.Continue Reading

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Stay Fit and Safe During Summer

June 1, 2017

Summer is finally here! It's a great time to enjoy all of your favorite activities outside, including your daily workout. But spending time outdoors also comes with risks and concerns. Follow these tips to beat the heat, stay safe, and get the best results: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate before, during, and after exercise. Staying well hydrated is very essential to avoid illnesses such as heat stroke or exhaustion. Pick the right time to work out, preferably in the morning or evening. The temperatures are typically cooler during those times. Apply sunscreen to protect your skin. The American... Continue Reading

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What are the Warning Signs of a Stroke?

May 31, 2017

When someone is having a stroke, their brain isn't getting the adequate blood or oxygen it needs to function. Help must be given as quickly as possible so that serious and lasting problems don't occur, and to improve the chances of recovery. Symptoms of a Stroke There are occasions when a stroke develops gradually but this is rare. In most cases, symptoms of a stroke happen suddenly. Some of the most common symptoms of a stroke are: Numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially if only one side is affected Confusion or difficulty understanding what other people are saying... Continue Reading

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Stroke 101: Definition, Prevention and Treatment

May 30, 2017

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. At Augusta Health, stroke care is coordinated through our Stroke Team, a multidisciplinary group that includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, health educators and other medical professionals. The team focuses not just on the treatment of those who have experienced a stroke, but also on prevention of stroke through educating the community about symptoms and risk factors. Robert McMahon, MD, FAAN On May 24, 2017, Robert McMahon, MD, FAAN , a neurologist at Augusta Health and member of the... Continue Reading

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How Diabetes Increases Your Risk of Stroke

May 30, 2017

Nearly 100 million people in the United States suffer from diabetes or prediabetes. Unfortunately, individuals who have diabetes are also 2 to 4 times more likely to have a stroke. They also tend to develop heart disease or experience strokes at a much earlier age. With this in mind, it’s important to understand the relationship between diabetes and stroke so you can take steps to stay healthy.Continue Reading

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6 Heart Health Risks You Can Control

May 25, 2017

When it comes to your keeping your heart healthy, there are some factors that you may not be able to control. Changing your genetic history is impossible, but there are some things you can change to reduce your risk of heart disease. You may not realize it but changing the risk factors you can control will also help you decrease your overall risks and make the factors you can't control less of a risk. Here are six heart health risks you can start tackling right away. Improve Your Diet One of the biggest changes you can do to minimize your risk of heart disease is to change what you eat... Continue Reading

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