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Winter fruit and veggie blues

citrus-salad

Are you feeling like you have to load up on heavy starches and fats during the winter because of the lack of produce? The winter months can be an easy time to get off the fruit and vegetable wagon, since there are not as many fresh choices from which to read more

Call 911 for chest pain

Ambulance

What’s the smartest thing to do if you’re having chest pain or other heart attack symptoms such as shortness of breath? Call 911 immediately to receive emergency care. In McHenry County, emergency heart care begins as soon as paramedics arrive at the scene of a heart attack. They perform an EKG read more

Tips to avoid hardened arteries

Heart Hands

There are a number of ways to prevent and reverse atherosclerosis. They include: Eat a healthy diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It should also be rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Exercise regularly. Maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, lose weight. Don't smoke. If you smoke, quit. Control diabetes. If your doctor read more

Seven questions to ask your doctor about your heart health

7 of Hearts

Stay ahead of heart disease by talking to your doctor about your heart health. By having open conversations with your doctor, you will become an active part of your health care team. To make it easier to start the conversation, ask a trusted friend or family member to go to your read more

Roasted Asparagus

Asparagus

Makes 4 servings Ingredients: 1 lb. asparagus spears 2 T olive oil 2 T of minced garlic Salt and pepper Directions: Preheat oven to 425°F or fire up the grill to high Break off tough bottoms of asparagus stalks. There are lots of antioxidants in the meaty stalks, so only remove the tough base. Mix olive oil read more

Risk factors for atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, is a condition that begins in childhood and progresses throughout adulthood. The best way to stay ahead of atherosclerosis is to prevent it through a healthy lifestyle. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors for this condition and to learn how to prevent read more

Prevent or reduce high blood pressure with these tips

Blood pressure

Have you talked to your doctor about your target blood pressure? In most adults, blood pressure less than 120/80 is considered normal. Prehypertension is blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89. If your blood pressure is higher than 140/90, you have hypertension. You should take immediate steps to reduce your blood pressure read more

Know the signs of a heart attack

Heart attack

Not everyone experiences the classic chest pain symptoms of a heart attack. Women and people with chronic health conditions can have different symptoms that may not even include pain. If you experience chest pain or any of the following symptoms, call 911 to receive immediate medical help. Symptoms of a heart read more

Heart attack risk lowers 24 hours after you quit smoking

HeartCigarette

The Cath Lab team at Centegra Hospital-McHenry works with cardiologists every day to save the lives of people who suffer from heart disease. One thing many of their patients have in common is smoking. Many people who have suffered heart attacks learn there is no time like the present to read more

Heart-healthy hummus

Hummus

Ingredients 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 to 2 cloves finely minced garlic (or to taste) 1 T sesame tahini 6 to 8 tsp reduced-sodium vegetable broth or water 1 to 2 T fresh lemon juice ½ tsp extra-virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Hot pepper sauce (optional) Paprika Directions Place peas, garlic, read more