• March 13, 2014

    What your pregnancy could say about your heart health


    A new report published in the Journal of the American Heart Association says women who have a history of gestational diabetes during pregnancy may be at an increased risk for developing atherosclerosis later in life. Researchers say this may even be true of women who were not obese and who did not develop diabetes or metabolic syndrome after the birth of their child.

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  • February 20, 2014

    Inspired by High Intensity Workouts? Be Careful with Your Joints

    Are you familiar with the term HIIT? It stands for high intensity interval training. If you think it sounds like an exercise program reserved for Olympic athletes, don’t jump to conclusions so fast. HIIT programs are quickly rising in the United States, especially among the mainstream. The American College of Sports Medicine just released the top fitness trends of 2014. Topping the list at number one – HIIT in its debut year.

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  • February 9, 2014

    When Heart Disease Strikes, Cardiac Rehab Helps Rebuild

    At the age of 47, Annabeth Baker suffered a heart attack and permanent heart damage in August of 2013. “It was totally unexpected,” she admits. Unexpected, because she did not experience the traditional symptoms associated with a heart attack – chest pains, shortness of breath and pain in the left arm. “I misread the symptoms,” Annabeth remembers. “I had stomach nausea and like so many women, I waited to go in.” Thinking it was acid reflux, Annabeth said it wasn’t until 10 days after experiencing symptoms that she went to the Emergency Room.

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  • January 2, 2014

    5 Easy Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

    When it comes to ringing in the New Year, deciding what we will do differently over the next 12 months is the topic of conversation shortly after the ball drops. A new year is a fresh start and more often than not, striving for better health makes at least the short list of resolutions. However, even though we have the best intentions, research finds only 64 percent keep resolutions after the first month – 46 percent after six months.

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  • December 12, 2013

    Preventing Holiday Heart Attacks

    The holidays are one of the best times of the year. From the decorations, to the festive music and gatherings, winter is a time marked with cheer and celebration for many. However, it is also a busy and stressful time of year for many – putting them at an increased risk of suffering a heart attack. Did you know there is a spike of heart attacks nationwide Christmas Day, the day after Christmas and New Year’s Day? Help keep you and your family safe by following these tips to prevent a holiday heart attack.

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  • December 6, 2013

    Winter Weather Health Safety


    As the bitter cold temperatures remain in our area for the next several days, the lingering effects of the winter storm, which swept across the midwest Thursday, pose certain risks to your health. Make sure you are aware of extra precautions to take to keep you and your family safe and healthy.

    Think Snow Think Heart

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  • November 26, 2013

    Thanksgiving Prep for a Healthy Holiday


    It’s that time of year when we gather with friends and family and eat with our eyes as much as our stomachs, as holiday favorites return to the table. Who can pass up dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy or those hot buttery rolls? And that’s not even including dessert. The Calorie Control Councilsays the average American dishes up as many as 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat Thanksgiving Day. That’s a lot of turkey and pumpkin pie.

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  • November 15, 2013

    Born Too Soon - Premature Babies in Texas

    One in nine babies in the U.S. are born prematurely, defined as born prior to 37 weeks gestation. Premature birth can lead to a number of developmental complications immediately following delivery and later in life for the child, but advances in medicine are producing better outcomes in recent years.

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  • October 21, 2013

    Putting Together the Pieces of Metabolic Syndrome

    You may have never heard of metabolic syndrome, yet you could be one of the 20 to 25 percent of the American population living with it. The problem is metabolic syndrome can predispose you to the number one killer of men and women – heart disease.

    “Metabolic Syndrome is a group of risk factors like being overweight or obese, having insulin resistance (high blood sugar), high blood pressure, high cholesterol and physical inactivity that predispose a person to diseases like heart disease, heart attack, stroke and diabetes,” says BSA Chest Pain Coordinator Michelle Fowler, BSN, RN.

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