Disorders That Cause Kidney Disease: High Blood Pressure

August 24, 2016

“High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure in the United States after diabetes.” (1)

We at Grassroots Health are passionate about raising awareness of chronic diseases that affect Americans. That being said, we will dedicate weekly material over the next two months for highlighting many types of common kidney diseases and their health risks. Today we continue our series by discussing one of the main causes of kidney disorders: High Blood Pressure.

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Knowing Your Liver: Hepatitis A

June 22, 2016

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious disease that causes inflammation of the liver. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) calculates that a great improvement has been made in the number of cases reported over the last 15 years; dropping from a staggering 30,000 in 1995 to a little over 1,200 in 2014.

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Maintaining A Healthy Heart: What Is Metabolic Syndrome

June 1, 2016

Metabolic_Syndrome.jpgMetabolic Syndrome is a combination of chronic conditions that, when a person is diagnosed with, can significantly increase their likelihood of developing serious forms of heart disease. The American Heart Association describes it as a “serious health condition that affects about 34 percent of adults and places them at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and diseases related to fatty buildups in artery walls.”

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Maintaining A Healthy Heart: How To Avoid Sudden Cardiac Arrest

May 4, 2016

In 2013 the American Heart Association found that there were 359,400 incidence of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) that took place outside of a hospital. Of these cases, they found that there was only a 9.5% overall survival rate. SCA occurs when the heart develops an abnormal pattern of beating, known as arrhythmias, which can causes it to suddenly stop beating. Without the delivery of oxygenated blood to the body, a person can die within minutes of the heart ceasing to beat.

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Maintaining A Healthy Thyroid: Thyroid Cancer

February 24, 2016

Today we will be continuing in the blog series Maintaining A Healthy Thyroid. The purpose of this series is an effort to raise awareness of thyroid disorders and diseases. The American Thyroid Association (ATA) estimates that 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, 60% of which are unaware of their condition. Throughout the month of February this series will highlight:

  1. The purpose and function of the thyroid
  2. The types of diseases accompanied by their symptoms that impede upon the function of the thyroid.

Lastly, we will discuss how individuals can be proactive in managing their health by taking advantage of resources that are available to measure how well the thyroid is working. Today we will continue by discussing the types of cancer that pose a threat to the thyroid.

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