Body-Mind-Spirit
How laughter helps your heart health; laughing woman

How Laughter Benefits Your Heart Health

When’s the last time you had a good laugh? Not just a little giggle, but the kind of laugh that makes your abdomen hurt or even tears form in your eyes? Not only does laughter make you feel good, but it is proven to have positive effects on your mental …

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Heart Health
3 Experts Share Their Top Heart Health Advice

3 Experts Share Their Top Heart Health Advice

Your heart is responsible for many functions of your body. But if your ticker starts to have problems, the whole machine can fall apart. While there are many things you can educate yourself on related to heart health – including heart murmurs, heart attacks and sudden cardiac arrest – it …

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Heart Health
Managing a Heart Failure Diagnosis

Managing a Heart Failure Diagnosis

You might be surprised to know that heart failure doesn’t mean your heart just stops working. In fact, living with heart failure is a reality for over 5.7 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Heart failure is a condition where your heart does not …

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Making Healthy Changes
How to Start a Heart Smart Diet

How to Get Started on a Heart Smart Diet

Who says a healthy diet should be boring or leave you feeling unsatisfied? If you think a eating healthy translates to a little more than ho-hum salad greens or bland food, you’ve got it all wrong. In fact, learning how to take the first steps to eating better might be …

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Understanding Your Body
Heart Murmur

Heart Murmurs: The Difference Between Innocent and Abnormal

Sometimes, literally listening to your body can make doctors aware of potentially fatal health conditions. Heart murmurs are sounds made by blood as it passes through openings in the heart, such as valves. Your doctor can hear these murmurs while listening to your heart during a physical exam. Murmurs are …

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Heart Health
Holiday Heart Issues

4 Reasons Why the Holidays Are Hard on Your Heart

The holidays are upon us! Between visiting with family and friends, holiday feasts, shoveling snow, and all those sales at the mall, make sure that you are taking time to keep your heart healthy. Why Are Heart Problems More Common During the Holidays? There are many factors that affect the …

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Lifesaving Health Screenings
How an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Could Save Your Life

This Aneurysm Screening Could Save Your Life

When people think of aneurysms, they often associate them with a horrible headache that can lead to certain sudden death. But if you are male, smoke or have a history of aneurysms in your family, you may be at risk of developing an abdominal aortic aneurysm. What are Abdominal Aortic …

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Emergency Preparedness
How to Use an AED

In an Emergency, Do You Know How to Use an AED?

Watching someone go through sudden cardiac arrest is a scary experience and one few of us want to think about. But quick action and knowing how to use a device like an automated external defibrillator (AED) can be the difference between life and death, so it’s important to be prepared. …

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Understanding Your Health
Peripheral artery disease

6 Little-Known Facts About Peripheral Artery Disease

Your arteries are responsible for pumping blood throughout your body. But, if this process is interrupted in some way, it can set off a chain of possible health problems and complications. Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a condition where arteries in the body (excluding those in the heart) become clogged …

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Emergency Preparedness
Sudden Cardiac Arrest: How to Recognize It and Respond

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: How to Recognize It and Respond

Although it can be a terrifying thing to think about, it is important to know how to recognize and respond to a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Timing is everything, and acting quickly truly could be the difference between life and death. Sudden cardiac arrest is a medical emergency that is …

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