5 Healthy Heart Hacks to Try During American Heart Month

February 2018 is American Heart Month! The theme for this year is being in control of one’s heart health and that risks can be reduced at any age. Additionally, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute encourages everyone to move more for their heart health. Striving for at least 2…

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CHD Support Groups and Organizations for Heart Families

February 7-14 marks Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week! During this time, everyone is encouraged to help raise awareness of this serious medical condition. CHD is the number one birth defect that affects every 125 babies every year in the United States. Parents whose children are diagnosed with CHD are presented…

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Importance of understanding blood pressure readings

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High blood pressure is a common concern for aging adults and individuals with risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Whether you are an individual who has been instructed by your doctor to check your blood pressure regularly or you would like to know more about blood pressure readings that are taken…

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month

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According to the National Stroke Association, there are 6.8 million adult stroke survivors in the U.S. Learn the warning signs of a stroke. Act FAST and CALL 9-1-1 or press the button on your One Call Alert IMMEDIATELY at any sign of a stroke. Use FAST to remember the warning signs.   Stroke…

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2015 Review: Your Top 5 Favorite Posts

2015 review

This year we learned how to help teenagers cope with diabetes, how to be a safe patient, calming meditation techniques, and how children in Haiti are safer with medical IDs. We also heard from real parents of children with food allergies, chronic heart conditions and hydrocephalus. In all our learning…

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Free IDs for Kids at Kay Mackenson Clinic in Haiti

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Inspired by their adoptive son’s diabetes diagnosis, Drs.  Rick and Wendy Bonnell established Kay Mackenson Clinic in Haiti in 2012 with partners Dr. Chris and Lisa Carpenter. A nonprofit organization, the clinic provides comprehensive medical care to disadvantaged Haitian children who live with chronic, non-communicable diseases, like diabetes, heart disease,…

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Back to School with Chronic Heart Disease

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Back to school time is here, and for many families, there is an excited frenzy that accompanies it. While children’s faces light up at the thought of new clothes, backpacks and accessories, their parents simultaneously feel relief and stress. These feelings can be amplified for parents of children with chronic…

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