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Handling the Shock of a New Diagnosis

Posted 03-03-2017 10:08 AM by sqlgirl

This my first blog entry, and I am not quite sure how to begin. Perhaps I will just write as if writing a message to myself, a message that I or my family can review in the future.

I was diagnosed with non ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy in January 2017. As of March 2017, we still don't know what caused it. My ejection fraction was between 25% and 27% according to the nuclear stress test and echo cardiogram. Two weeks later, my heart cath showed an ejection fraction of 20%. ...
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Can Chocolate Prevent Heart Attacks and Stroke?

Posted 06-25-2014 04:27 PM by ChristaIB
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If you were to ask your friends and family what their favorite desserts are, most likely you would hear a list of treats that contain “chocolate." From candy bars to cake, people enjoy eating chocolate. And researchers say that's not all: It may prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Dark chocolate has been a recent topic of study in the medical industry, as it may support cardiovascular health and ward off strokes. With an increased number of people suffering from...
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5 Tips to Improve Men's Health

Posted 06-09-2014 06:00 PM by ChristaIB
Updated 06-09-2014 06:34 PM by ChristaIB

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On average, men in the U.S. are more affected than women by common diseases like heart disease, cancer and strokes. In fact, of the 15 leading causes of death, men far outpace women. The exception is Alzheimer’s disease, because many men don’t live long enough to either develop the disease, or for the disease to reach the terminal stage.

Why do men have comparatively shorter lifespans than women? One possibility is the genetic differences between the sexes. Testosterone,...
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4 Indoor Pollutants You Should Watch Out For

Posted 04-28-2014 06:03 PM by ChristaIB
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We are all aware that when we step outside of our front doors we expose ourselves to a variety of air pollutants, including ground-level ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and lead. These pollutants may come from car exhaust, factories, power plants or other man-made sources. As they sweep through the air and enter our throat, nose and mouth, a variety of health conditions can arise--some immediate, others developed over the long-run like...
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Are Electronics Making You Fat?

Posted 03-31-2014 07:06 PM by ChristaIB
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As we become more engrossed in technology, our waistlines expand? It is true that the nation is facing an obesity epidemic—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of the American population is overweight—but are electronics to blame?

The Skinny on Electronics

Studies, including one conducted by Yale University, found that those who watched an excessive amount of television were more likely to consume fatty foods, regardless...
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