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What are the Four Stages of Congestive Heart Failure?

Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart does not pump blood effectively. It can happen for various reasons, such as the heart muscle being too weak or when other health conditions prevent the blood from circulating efficiently. Over time, a lack of proper circulation can cause other problems in the body such as organ failure. In the past, researchers believed that there wasn’t much that could be done to correct congestive heart failure. We now know that this is not the case. With...

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Regaining Lung Function after Pneumonia

The flu virus is relatively common, affecting 8 percent of Americans each year. Many people can fight the flu with rest and fluids, but there are certain groups that have a higher risk for secondary infections like pneumonia. Typically, flu season ends in April, but it’s not uncommon to see cases linger into May. This is why it’s important to continue practicing healthy habits in the spring, such as by washing your hands, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and seeing your doctor at the...

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Tips for Reducing Diabetic Nerve Pain

Diabetic nerve pain can be incredibly painful. Most people experience it as numbness and tingling, though others report burning and aching pains as well. Diabetic nerve pain is most common in the hands and feet, but over time, it can affect different parts of the body. The pain can be so severe, it negatively impacts your sleep, mood and overall quality of life. Fortunately, there are medications that can reduce diabetic nerve pain, also called peripheral neuropathy. However, these medications...

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4 Daily Practices for a Healthy Heart

By now, you probably know that exercise and a good diet can keep your heart strong and healthy. But, did you know that there are other things you can do to help your heart work most efficiently? It’s never too late to incorporate these four daily practices into your life to promote good health and wellness. Don’t sit for too long. Recent studies show that sitting for long periods of time is bad for your health, even if you get enough exercise for the day. After looking at 800,000...

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7 Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

The holiday season is here! This means that temptation is everywhere, and holiday gatherings and traveling disrupt daily routines. You don’t want all your hard work to be lost over the next few weeks, so it’s important to continue making healthy choices. By eating just 200 extra calories a day, you could pack on 3 to 5 pounds over the holiday season. Yikes! Here are seven tips for healthy holiday eating. Track your calories using an app. Calorie tracking apps are a great tool to...

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Alzheimer’s Early Signs

Early Signs of Alzheimer’s You Do Not Want to Ignore Alzheimer’s is a common disease, affecting 5.8 million Americans. Even though there is plenty of information out there, not all cases of Alzheimer’s are easy to spot. Sometimes, the disease creeps up out of nowhere. Other times, the person hides their symptoms so as not to upset their family. Early intervention can be helpful in slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s symptoms. So, it’s important to be aware of the early signs of Alzheimer’s....

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3 Steps to Hiring a Home Health Aide

When a person needs assistance at home, there are a number of in-home options. One of them is a home health aide. A home health aide is responsible for helping patients heal and go through life. They monitor their patients’ conditions, help with activities of daily living and can even assist with cooking, cleaning or running errands. If you think that a home health aide is the right fit for someone close to you, here are some tips for choosing the best fit. Step 1. Define your needs. The...

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October is Lung Awareness Month

The month of October is set aside for lung awareness. Lung health is something that affects all of us, even people who don’t smoke. Certain things in the environment can harm our lungs, such as pollutants, toxins and allergens. Also, as we head into the winter months, people are more likely to experience difficulty breathing. October is a great time to remind ourselves of how important our lungs are and what we can do to take care of them.Below are some of the best ways to keep your lungs healthy,...

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How a Behavioral Health Program Can Help Depression

How a Behavioral Health Program Can Help Depression Have you lost interest in the things you used to enjoy? Do you find yourself feeling hopeless or helpless? It’s possible that you are suffering from depression. Depression can affect anyone at any age. The symptoms can be mild or severe and impact your sleep, energy, appetite, hobbies and relationships. Sometimes, the symptoms of late-life depression manifest differently, so it’s important to be aware of the potential signs of this mental health...

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