May is High Blood Pressure Education Month: Why do you need a medical ID if you are taking blood pressure medications?

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month.  Sponsored by the CDC, National High Blood Pressure Education Month raises awareness about the impact high blood pressure can have on health. One of three American adults has high blood pressure, also called hypertension. That’s 67 million people who have to work…

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Strategies to Help Prevent Heart Disease

February is American Heart Month.  In an effort to continue the drive toward heart health awareness, the following is re-posted from the Mayo Clinic website.  For the original article, click here.   You can prevent heart disease by following a heart-healthy lifestyle. Here are five strategies to help you protect…

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Weight Loss Not Enough for Preventing Diabetes Heart Complications

Modest weight loss in obese patients with type 2 diabetes can achieve various health improvements but does not lower the risk of heart attack or stroke, according to the new findings of a landmark US study. The Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) clinical trial found that a long-term intensive lifestyle intervention program, focused on weight loss, leads to many long-term health benefits for obese diabetic patients,…

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What Is Atrial Fibrillation?

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This type of irregular heartbeat affects millions of Americans. Understanding the causes and symptoms of atrial fibrillation can help you manage the condition and prevent additional complications. Atrial fibrillation, sometimes called AFib, is a serious irregular heartbeat that affects millions of Americans, especially those over 60. Normally, your heartbeat is controlled…

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May is Stroke Awareness Month: Prevention of Strokes

Stroke risk can be controlled easier than one might think. With the help of a doctor, many diseases that increase risk can be treated, while lifestyle risk factors such an unhealthy eating and smoking can be changed. High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) High blood pressure is a major risk factor for stroke. Blood pressure…

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May is Stroke Awareness Month: Residual Effects of a Stroke and Going into Rehabilitation

In the United States more than 700,000 people suffer a stroke each year, and approximately two-thirds of these individuals survive and require rehabilitation. The goals of rehabilitation are to help survivors become as independent as possible and to attain the best possible quality of life. Even though rehabilitation does not “cure”…

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Getting More Potassium and Less Salt May Cut Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

Posted on the Harvard Health Blog by Reena Pande, M.D., Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School on APRIL 12, 2013, 2:05 PM. To view the original article, click here. This article is being reposted as part of an awareness and education campaign during Stroke Awareness Month. Salt is a cheap, easy way to turn…

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