Heart Health

  1. Six Great Destinations for a Spring Break Family Getaway

    Six Great Destinations for a Spring Break Family Getaway
    Happy families adopt healthy habits like taking family vacations.  While many people think of vacations as an indulgence, research shows that family getaways promote relaxation and build personal connections.  In addition, family vacations help broaden perspectives, encourage cooperation and create wonderful memories.  For a spring break getaway this year, think outside of the box.  Discover six Spring Break family destinations...
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  2. Five Healthy Habits for Family Wellbeing

    Five Healthy Habits for Family Wellbeing
    When it comes to good health, it is more enjoyable when the whole family gets involved.  Parents lead the way by establishing boundaries, ensuring plenty of quality family time, and providing healthy meals.  In addition, staying physically active ensures greater confidence and a more positive self-image for each family member.  Five healthy habits help families build stronger connections and promote...
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  3. 13 Medications that Can Cause Hair Loss

    13 Medications that Can Cause Hair Loss
    Are you noticing more strands than normal in your hairbrush?  Many people assume that hair loss is a problem only experienced by men, but 40 percent of women across the country also deal with this unpleasant conundrum.  It's normal to shed from 50 to 100 strands of hair each day, but more than this may be cause for concern.  While...
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  4. Seven Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure

    Seven Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure
    According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 29 percent of American adults have high blood pressure, or hypertension.  This is a condition where the force of blood pushing against arterial walls is too high.  Labelled "the silent killer" because of an absence of symptoms, hypertension causes a wide range of health problems including blood vessel weakness and scarring...
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  5. High Blood Pressure: Understanding the Numbers

    High Blood Pressure: Understanding the Numbers
    Blood pressure plays a big role when it comes to good health, but many people take their annual reading for granted.  A set of numbers deemed "normal" is often enough to calm the mind until next year's checkup.  Learning more about the meaning behind the numbers helps empower people and prevent high blood pressure. Blood Pressure Defined As the heart...
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  6. Is Your Doctor Causing Your High Blood Pressure?

    Is Your Doctor Causing Your High Blood Pressure?
    Roughly 70 million Americans have high blood pressure, a medical condition that boosts risks for heart attack and stroke.  Research shows about 20 percent of people diagnosed with high blood pressure have something called "white-coat hypertension."  This is a term used to explain a higher-than-normal blood pressure reading related to the stress some people experience from going to the doctor. ...
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  7. The Worst Diet for Stress Reduction

    The Worst Diet for Stress Reduction
    You are what you eat. It’s trite but true and some of the most common foods we eat increase the negative effects of stress on our mental and physical health.  Changing your diet may help change your life in a positive way by helping you manage stress more effectively while enhancing your overall physical health. The worst foods for stress...
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  8. 19 Tips to Avoid Air Travel Illness & Germs While Traveling

    19 Tips to Avoid Air Travel Illness & Germs While Traveling
    Getting ill while traveling is no fun, yet it happens all the time.  Following these travel sickness tips could help prevent illness so you can enjoy the journey. Airplane Germs Airports and airplanes are petri dishes of germs from millions of travelers.  Travel in the winter means more exposure to cold and flu viruses, bacteria abounds on handrails, elevator buttons...
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  9. Seven Tips for Avoiding the Dangers of Sugar

    Seven Tips for Avoiding the Dangers of Sugar
    As more people are joining the health and fitness bandwagon, concerns about sugar are growing.  According to Time Magazine, the typical American consumes more than 56 pounds of sugar each year.  While everyone knows that sugary foods are bad for the teeth, too much sugar affects the body in many other ways.  Research shows that high-sugar diets can raise risks...
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  10. Cholesterol by Any Other Name

    Cholesterol by Any Other Name
    Most people know that high total cholesterol usually indicates heart disease and high blood pressure. Although we are familiar with “good” and “bad” cholesterol, there are six main types of lipids (fats) in the bloodstream that can give a more informed view of our state of health. These can be very useful for those with high blood pressure symptoms and...
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