The holidays are behind us and a new year is before us. This is the time of year when we are expected to feel joyful and hopeful as we celebrate the past and plan for the future. Yet, many people experience the “winter blues” during this time of year. Sometimes, it is just a lack […]
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In 1920, women lived one year longer than men. Now, men die almost five years earlier than women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, commonly known as the CDC, men die at higher rates than women from nine of the top 10 causes of death, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, suicide […]
Just as a heart attack (myocardial infarction) is the blockage of blood and oxygen to the heart, a stroke (or brain attack) affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot. When this happens, […]
Blood pressure is the force needed to push the blood from the heart through the arteries to the body. It is the measurement of how hard the heart has to work to pump blood. Each time the heart beats, it is pushing blood and oxygen through the arteries to the entire body. Blood pressure is measured […]