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Healthy habits and tips that prevent disease and keep your mind and body running in tip-top shape.

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Preventing Blood Clots

Is Warfarin still right for you?

Using warfarin effectively is challenging-----perhaps even more so than doctors have realized.

For more than 60 years, warfarin has been a mainstay for people with atrial fibrillation. Used properly, warfarin may prevent as many as 60% of strokes relat...

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Ladies - are you too tired? Get to the bottom of it!

For about a year, I did very little exercise because I felt very tired. I thought it was normal: I was 40, I work full time, and have a child. But then I would wake up at night quite often and had trouble going back to sleep, and my heart would start skipping beats more and more often during the day...

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Magnesium: A Mineral You Might Be Missing

Following a heart-healthy diet, like the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, will help. That's because the DASH diet recommends eating eight to 10 daily servings of fruits and vegetables, which are naturally low in sodium and high in magnesium as well as potassium, another mineral ...

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Magnesium: A Mineral You Might Be Missing

No Clear Benefits

The study, published in the August issue of Hypertension, revealed a very modest drop in blood pressure---about one to two millimeters of mercury (mm Hg)-----among people who took magnesium supplements for three months. The magnesium doses ranged from 240 to 940 milligrams ...

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Tips for Healthy Living

Over the years I have found many ways to maintain a healthy living so here are all my Tips! Spark points here I come ;) - joking

*Change things slowly and one at a time. Took me 6 months to change family from white to whole wheat. Then it took me 2 years to get us off the sugar packed produc...

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Monitoring Your Heart Rhythm With A Smartphone: A Good Call? & Magnesium

A Reassuring Rhythm

For the JAHA study, trained personnel helped participants use the phone-based devices correctly. In the real world, false positives-----reporting afib when it is not actually present-----might be more common. For example, a finger slip might create a blip that looks like...

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Starting My Keto Life

This is my current state of being: No Grains, No Potatoes, No Sugar

I started this on 09/15/16 and I was pretty excited and scared. I had already begun cutting back my carbs since I knew the program was coming up but I honestly did not expect the level of the word “NO” until my first meeting....

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4 Ways to Thrive During the Holidays!

The holidays can be filled with joy and excitement, but can also be very stressful and hard to maintain commitment to your health and nutrition goals. These are three things that have helped me to not only stay sane, but also balanced during a crazy holiday season:

1. Decide which events on y...

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Monitoring Your Heart Rhythm With A Smartphone: A Good Call?

A typical ECG uses 12 electrodes placed on the chest, arms, and legs to record the heart's electrical activity. But a simpler version, known as a single-lead ECG (like that used in the Kardia system), is sufficient to detect an irregular pulse, which raises the suspicion of afib. You can share the...

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FODMAP diet for Irritable Bowel

I have found that sticking fairly close to the allowed foods on the FODMAP diet for IBS sufferers has made a dramatic change in my health. I always thought IBS was cramps and diarrhea but reading an article here on SP made me realize that I have suffered from IBS my entire life (and I am now 68!) My...

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