How Smoking Affects Heart Health

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  Is 2022 your year to quit smoking? That time of year again when we all make New Year Resolutions and for many people they resolve to quit smoking. Year after year they proclaim that this is the year they will succeed. By February that resolution is a distant memory. Quitting tobacco is a big… Read More »

Heart Risk for Women

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  Heart disease is often thought to be more of a problem for men. However, it is the most common cause of death for both women and men in the United States. Are you at risk for heart disease? Some risk factors for heart disease cannot be controlled, such as your age or family history…. Read More »

What is Cardiovascular Disease?

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  Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels. CVD can refer to a number of conditions. Some of these might develop at the same time or lead to other conditions or diseases within the group. Common complications include heart attack, chest pain (angina), or stroke.   Cardiovascular Disease… Read More »

Heart Healthy Holiday Tips

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  It is that that time of year again, celebrations with family and lots of food. Keeping your diet heart healthy during the holidays can be challenging. Many of the dishes that we look forward to all year are loaded with salt, fat, sugar and other unhealthy items. You can have a heart healthy holiday… Read More »

Winter and your Heart

  Winter is near for Northern Michigan and that means the temperatures will drop and the snow will fall. A study in the journal JAMA Cardiology found that heart attack rates increase most when the temperature dips below freezing. If you have a heart condition or are older, you may be vulnerable in winter months…. Read More »

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

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  It is Fall in Northern Michigan which means it is apple harvest time! You know what they say about apples and doctors.  This adage has been put to the test many times over the years. An apple a day doesn’t mean you get to skip out on regular preventative appointments, but research has shown… Read More »

Your Heart and Exercise

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  BEFORE STARTING ANY EXERCISE PROGRAM TALK TO YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER. Your doctor will tell you what exercise is best for you that will help your heart and are safe for you. They will also advise you on things to watch for and what you should do if you experience heart symptoms. Your Heart… Read More »

Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

  If you think you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack – DO NOT WAIT, CALL 911! Symptoms may be obvious or more subtle, either way take them seriously and get medical care. We tend to believe that a heart attack is a dramatic, chest-clutching event but heart attacks can begin with more subtle… Read More »

Salt is NOT the only seasoning!

We all remember being in the kitchen as a child and Mom or Grandma tasting something on the stove. It seems they always said, needs more salt. Why is salt our go to seasoning to add to food? Salt is used as a flavor improver and can affect other flavors such as sweet and bitter…. Read More »

You and Your Healthcare Provider

    For many, sharing person health details with their doctor can be uncomfortable. One of the most import factors in your relationship with your healthcare team is honesty. In a 2018 study as many 80% of all patients lie or withhold information from their providers. Surprisingly a survey of 300 US adults in 2015… Read More »

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