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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

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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

Eating right, affordably

eating on a budget

Eating right can fit into anyone’s budget. Healthy food doesn’t always cost more. It often takes a little planning and perhaps thinking non-traditionally. The following are tips to keep you eating well and keep you on your budget during your shopping trip! Don’t buy for convenience. Choose items such as steel read more

Hip fractures can occur when it’s icy outside

Feet on ice

Although accidents can be hard to avoid, people who are at risk for hip fractures should be especially careful when it is icy outside. Hip fractures can occur in healthy individuals if there is a trauma. Most often, though, these serious breaks happen when a person has bones that are read more

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)

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Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common cause of many types of infections of the lungs and breathing passages. These infections include colds, bronchitis, pneumonia and croup. Although these infections are common and can happen at any age, they can cause severe illness and even death in infants, young children read more

Avoid lymphedema with these tips

Has your doctor said you are at risk for lymphedema? Consider these ways to prevent this painful swelling and fluid retention. Do not allow anyone to take blood or your blood pressure on your affected arm or leg. Wear a medical bracelet warning of your risk for developing lymphedema. Avoid crossing your legs read more