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The Often Overlooked Warning Signs of Thyroid Cancer

July 22, 2020

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2020, approximately 52,890 new cases of thyroid cancer will be diagnosed and that there will be approximately 2,180 deaths from thyroid cancer. While most thyroid cancer is found by accident, there are warning signs you should be aware of for a better chance of early detection. Pay Attention to the Signs Thyroid cancer is commonly diagnosed at a younger age than most other adult cancers. Women are three times more likely to develop thyroid cancer than men. Below are several overlooked signs of thyroid cancer. Lump in the neck: About 90 percent of... Continue Reading

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How to Take Better Care of Your Joints

July 20, 2020

From the time we get out of bed in the morning to the time we go to bed, our joints are working hard to give us freedom, flexibility, and movement. Joints occur where two bones meet. Without our joints, we would be completely immobilized. Like the shocks in a car or the ball bearings in a piece of equipment, our joints suffer wear and tear as we age. Our joints have a lot to do with our quality of life. So, how do we keep our joints healthy as we age? Let’s take a look at some practical ways to protect joint health. Ditch the Cigarettes Not only does smoking cigarettes cause a myriad of... Continue Reading

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Staff Recognizes Senior Leadership for COVID-19 Response

July 17, 2020

Heart & Vascular staff recognized Augusta Health senior leadership during a presentation to express the gratitude from all of our teams for the health system's COVID response over the last several months. The senior leadership team was invited to hear the many words of gratitude. Cath lab RN Andy Banas shared with the group, " Ms. Mannix and Senior Leadership members, we the staff of the Heart and Vascular Center would like to show our appreciation for your leadership through this very difficult and unprecedented time. You all have led, not only, this facility but also our community with... Continue Reading

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5 Easy Habits to Incorporate Into a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

July 17, 2020

Heart disease is a leading cause of illness and death in the United States—but did you know that one American dies every 37 seconds in America from cardiovascular disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)? The severity and prevalence of heart disease is something no one can afford to ignore. While the problem can seem overwhelming, there’s a lot you can do to stay heart healthy and decrease your risk of heart disease. Small, consistent steps over time can lead to big changes for your health. Incorporating the following five habits is a great place to start! Get Sneaky with... Continue Reading

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Why the Right Running Shoes Can Have a Big Impact on Your Spine

July 15, 2020

If you're new to the sport of running, you may find yourself overwhelmed as you go to buy your first pair of shoes. You may have been ready to buy a new set of dedicated running shoes—but you may not have been ready to decide between "motion control" or "stability" or "cushioning"—or any of the dozens of other varieties of shoes on the market. Pick the best pair of shoes to get you out and moving safely and comfortably. Doing so can prevent a lot of damage in the long run—not just to your spine, but to other critical joints in your body as well. What Do My Shoes Have to Do With My Spine,... Continue Reading

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Know the Warning Signs for Brain Injury. You Could Save a Life.

July 13, 2020

Brain injuries are a serious health condition that impact people of all ages. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that there are 1.5 million traumatic brain injuries each year. Whether caused by head trauma such as contact sports, workplace accidents, car crashes, loss of oxygen, or poisoning. Even if it “might be nothing,” you should always get potential brain injuries checked by a doctor immediately. When you suspect someone may have brain damage, look for the following warning signs. You might save someone’s life. Loss of Consciousness The most obvious warning sign of brain... Continue Reading

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Keys to Maintaining Your Weight Loss

July 10, 2020

We've all felt the same way at least once–this is it, this is the time that I take off the pounds. We decide on a diet to follow, sign up for the gym, set our alarm clocks an hour earlier than we used to, and dust off the old yoga mat. The trick, as the experts will tell you, is how to keep the weight off for good. Here are some tips to help you keep those pounds off: Drink Plenty of Water A rare case of subtraction by addition, drinking water can help you maintain your weight well after you've hit your initial goals. Our body can have a hard time distinguishing hunger from thirst, so by... Continue Reading

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A Beginner’s Guide to Kidney Health

July 8, 2020

The kidneys play a critical role as trash collectors. Today we will give you a broad overview of what it is exactly that your kidneys do, as well as some quick tips on how you can make sure they are doing the best job they can. So what do my kidneys do? Every day, about 200 quarts of blood will travel through your kidneys. Most of those quarts are carrying oxygen and other vital nutrients to other organs in your body. Some of it, however, about 2 quarts of it, is considered to be waste. That waste is made up of extra water, as well as the byproducts that are produced during the breaking down... Continue Reading

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An Overview of Gestational Diabetes

July 6, 2020

Pregnancy isn’t easy. For some, even becoming pregnant is only possible after a whirlwind of tests, treatments, and careful planning. After that, most women go through many more tests, doctor visits, and classes on the subject. The point here is that pregnancy on its own can already feel as if it is a closely monitored and manipulated task on its own—something that adds stress onto mothers and their families. So to add on yet another precaution during this period seems like making an already daunting process nearly unmanageable. But increased awareness of gestational awareness isn’t... Continue Reading

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Stay Strong: 5 Ways to Maintain Bone Health as You Age

July 2, 2020

Your bones are fascinating structures that give your body their shape and protect your organs. Anyone that has broken a bone knows how essential they are for everyday functioning. However, after age 30, your body begins losing bone mass faster than it grows new bone mass, which can ultimately lead to conditions like osteoporosis. While bone loss is typically a gradual process, it’s important to start planning for good bone health early! Luckily, there are many easy ways to start taking good care of your bones. Let’s take a look at five of them and learn more about the risk factors that impact... Continue Reading

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