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Stroke: Know Your Risk and Think FAST

Nearly every 40 seconds, someone in America suffers a stroke. Taking good care of yourself and knowing the warning signs of stroke can help reduce your risk. And acting quickly when stroke occurs may even save your life.

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

A Day for Quitters: Great American Smokeout is Nov. 21

Quit smoking—even for one day—and you will take an important step toward a healthier life, one that can reduce your risk for cancer as well as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, set for Thursday, Nov. 21 this year, aims to encourage and support smokers in quitting.

 

11/18/2013 | 0 comments

The Bugs of Summer: Ticks, Skeeters, and When to Worry

If only all insects could be butterflies and lightning bugs! Alas, on long summer days, pesky ticks and mosquitoes round out the mix. Are their bites just nuisances, bringing about rashes, maybe a relentless itch? What about notorious bug-borne illnesses, like Lyme and West Nile? Get the facts in this Q&A with one of our infectious diseases specialists.

6/17/2013 | 0 comments

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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.

 

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