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6 Grilling Tips to Lower Your Cancer Risk

Juicy burgers, hot dogs with the fixings, and steaks grilled to perfection are staples backyard cookouts. But grilling at high temperatures can produce chemicals that damage DNA in our genes that may lead to cancer. These helpful tips can make your summer barbecue safer.

Daily Aspirin: Worth the Risks?

Taking a daily aspirin is touted as a simple way to stave off a heart attack or stroke. Yet, a recent study found that many doctors don’t recommend it to patients who might benefit. UR Medicine’s Dr. Michael Mendoza, one of the study’s authors, shares some facts about aspirin therapy.

8/18/2014 | 0 comments

On The Rise: 5 Reasons Your Blood Pressure Medication Isn’t Working

Keeping your blood pressure in check is a good way to lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. So, you follow orders, take your prescribed medication, and proudly accept your doctor’s praise when the blood pressure cuff demonstrates continued success. Until it doesn’t. UR Medicine hypertension expert Dr. John Bisognano explains why your blood pressure may rise, even after you thought you had it under control.
8/15/2014 | 0 comments

Shoveling Snow? Be Heart Smart

Mother Nature is certainly being generous toward snow lovers this winter. Even winter wonderland fans should know there's a dark side to the beauty of that frosty whiteness. A 2011 study  showed 7 percent of men started experiencing heart symptoms while shoveling snow. Heart specialist Dr. John Bisognano offers advice to consider before you venture out to shovel snow.
1/20/2014 | 0 comments

High Blood Pressure? Shake the Salt Habit

 
Next time you reach for the salt shaker, stop and think: How much salt do you really need? Sure, it’s tasty and plays a part in your nutrition. But too much salt can not only ruin a dish, it may raise your blood pressure and harm your health. Cardiologist Dr. John Chad Teeters shares some tips for avoiding high blood pressure.
12/9/2013 | 0 comments

Do Your Numbers Count? New Guidelines for Cholesterol Meds

For years we’ve been told to watch our cholesterol levels. If your numbers were too high, your doctor likely prescribed medications, known as statins, to lower that cholesterol level and, along with it, reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Cardiologist Dr. John Bisognano explains new guidelines, recommending that doctors consider patients’ risk factors for cardiovascular disease, rather than focusing on the numbers.
 
12/2/2013 | 0 comments
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About the Blog


 

Welcome to Health Matters, a blog aimed at keeping you and your family healthy. We offer advice from URMC experts on timely topics, as well as insight into breaking news and medical research. Visit us weekly for updates and invite your family and friends to check us out. If you have a topic you’d like to see us cover, please send a note to Lori Barrette.

Though health advice offered here is provided by experts, there is no substitute for the personal care your own provider can offer. If you have medical questions or concerns, please contact your physician.


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