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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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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: Managing Peripheral Artery Disease

May 18, 2016

“Peripheral artery disease (also called peripheral arterial disease) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs.” (1) It is estimated that “approximately 8 million people in the United States have PAD, including 12-20% of individuals older than age 60.” (2)

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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 Heart: Avoiding Heart Failure

April 27, 2016

“About 5.1 million people in the United States have heart failure.” (1) Heart failure is a condition where the heart muscle becomes weak over time and struggles to pump blood to the lungs for oxygen and/or struggles to pump oxygenated blood to the body.

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Maintaining A Healthy Heart - How To Avoid A Heart Attack

April 20, 2016

“In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 43 seconds,” according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC.) (1) A heart attack occurs when the heart is unable to receive oxygen due to a blockage. When a block like this occurs, it prohibits the artery from delivering oxygen-rich blood to the heart. (2)

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Maintaining A Healthy Heart With High Blood Pressure

March 30, 2016

High blood pressure is a common disease in which blood flows through blood vessels (arteries) at higher than normal pressures.” The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed that roughly 29% of Americans have been diagnosed with High Blood Pressure - that’s 1 in 3 adults. Within this approximate calculation of 70 million citizens, only half have their condition under control. These statistics are staggering for two reason:

1) High blood pressure is one of the leading risk factors that can causes heart disease.

2) 1 out of every 4 deaths in the United States is caused by a form of heart disease, according to the CDC.

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The Impacts Diet And Exercise Have On Heart Health

March 23, 2016

The Heart Foundation states that “heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States.” They have found that “about 720,000 people in the U.S. suffer heart attacks each year. Of these, 515,000 are a first heart attack and 205,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.” With such a threat that has proven to show no partiality towards any specific peoples, Grassroots Medical plans to join in with the national voice to raise awareness. Today we will begin an informative blog series that delves into the many conditions of heart disease and their long-term health consequences.

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2 Simple Ways Men Can Be Proactive In Preventing Prostate Cancer

October 6, 2015

Today we are concluding a two-part series that has focused around cancers that are specific to men and women by explaining how both can be proactive in preventing gender-specific cancers. We at Grassroots Health want to raise awareness of the diseases that both genders are faced with and help by providing practical information that can be applied to improve the future of everyone’s health.

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Considering Your Blood Pressure: National High Blood Pressure Education Month

May 14, 2015

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed that roughly 29% of Americans have been diagnosed with High
Blood Pressure - that’s 1 in 3 people. Within this approximate calculation of 70 million citizens, only half have their condition under control. What poses an additional issue for the future of our nation’s health is that roughly ⅓ of the undiagnosed population live in a pre-hypertensive state.

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The mission of the CHC Blog is to provide educational content on topics of health care and community benefit which is informative, valuable, and inspiring to our members, patients, and the community at large. 

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