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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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How Depression and Stress Raise Heart Attack Risks

May 23, 2017

Have you ever drowned your sorrows or your anxiety in a big bowl of chocolate ice cream? When you're feeling anxious or depressed, it's easy to open the fridge and reach for a heaping helping of comfort food. The trouble is that thinking about your heart health is vital, even when you're not feeling your best. Of course, this is often easier said than done, but it's a life and death matter because of heart disease the number one killer in America. People who are depressed or anxious don't always make healthy choices because these feelings can be overwhelming. Your mental health exerts an... Continue Reading

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Why Skipping Breakfast is Bad for Your Heart

May 19, 2017

The old cliché, "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" may have been around for some time, but it seems that this sage advice holds more than a kernel of truth. According to a study published in the medical journal Circulation in July 2013, men who skip their morning breakfasts have a 27 percent greater chance of developing coronary artery disease or experiencing a heart attack than men who regularly eat breakfast. The study, conducted by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health followed 26,902 men mostly of white European descent, between the ages of 45 and 82 from 1992 to... Continue Reading

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Ask A Pharmacist: What is the clot-busting drug for stroke treatment?

May 18, 2017

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. At Augusta Health, stroke care is coordinated through our Stroke Team, and 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. Mary Beth Linstra, PharmD Answer provided by Mary Beth Linstra, PharmD, clinical staff pharmacist and member of... Continue Reading

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Are Energy Drinks Bad for Heart Health?

May 16, 2017

Energy drinks contain more than three to five times the amount of caffeine found in one can of soda. The popularity of these drinks has skyrocketed since first introduced to the market, and with this popularity, increasing scrutiny. Heart rhythm problems, high blood pressures, and in some rare cases, cardiac arrest has been linked to these drinks. Energy Drinks Powering Record Number of ER Visits According to a report compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, ER visits due to energy drink consumption doubled from 2007 to 2011. Symptoms including rapid... Continue Reading

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5 Health Screenings Every Woman Should Get

May 15, 2017

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and health screenings are one of the most important components of preventative health care. Controversial, conflicting, and changing health guidelines can make it tough to determine whether you're getting the care that you need. No one wants to rush around for unnecessary tests. So, what medical screenings do you need? We've taken the guesswork out of it for you. Here are the major screenings you need and how often you need them. Cervical Cancer Screening Women ages 21 to 65 should have regular screenings for cervical cancer. A pap smear is... Continue Reading

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6 Tips for Training Yourself to Get Up an Hour Earlier

May 12, 2017

As impossible as it may seem, you really can train yourself to be an early riser! Yes, it is possible to drag your tired body out of bed. You may not love the training process, but you will appreciate being able to control the direction and tone for your entire day. By waking up early, you'll be able to banish the rush and chaos of your morning routine. You'll also gain some time to work on things you are normally too tired to do at the end of the day. Not convinced? Here are six tips for training yourself to get up an hour earlier. Early to Bed, Early to Rise If you go to bed earlier, you'll... Continue Reading

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Always Changing and Improving

May 11, 2017

Kaizen. It's a Japanese word that means 'good change' or 'change for the better'. It's more than a word, though; it's a philosophy that embraces focusing on continuous improvement that will make work and life better. For Amy Hougan, MSN, RN, CNL, the Kaizen Facilitator at Augusta Health, the philosophy is one she has taken personally as well as professionally. Amy began her career working in Quantitative Business Analysis, with a bachelor's degree in business. After several years of working, she felt a calling to help others and returned to school to become a Registered Nurse. She joined... Continue Reading

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Ask A Physical Therapist: How can therapy help recovery from a stroke?

May 10, 2017

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. At Augusta Health, stroke care is coordinated through our Stroke Team, and 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. Stephanie Mims, Director of Therapy Services Answer provided by Stephanie Mims, PT, DPT, MBA, Director of Therapy... Continue Reading

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