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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 Cholesterol

April 6, 2016

High Cholesterol is a chronic disease that affects 73.5 million adult Americans (31.7% according to the CDC.) The Center for Disease Control (CDC) describes it: “As cholesterol builds up in the arteries, they begin to narrow, which lessens or blocks the flow of blood.” Those living with high cholesterol have twice the risk of developing heart disease than a person who does not.

Heart disease is no small issue. We at Grassroots Medical are passionate about raising awareness of heart health. We will do so by continuing in a blog series that is devoted to discussing the many factors of heart disease and their long-term health risks. Today the focus is on high cholesterol.

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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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National Cholesterol Education Month: Low Cholesterol

September 22, 2015

Low cholesterol levels present in the bloodstream have a very different effect on the human body than high cholesterol levels. As we have previously discussed, cholesterol is a wax-like substance extracted from fats that are composed inside foods that we consume. While cholesterol is necessary for the nutrients it provides in cell formation, it can also become crippling to health when consumed outside of the recommended dietary limits. This is possible because some fats help to lower cholesterol, whereas others contribute to raising it. It’s important to know how to differentiate between these fats.

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National Cholesterol Education Month: High Cholesterol

September 11, 2015

Cholesterol is a wax-like substance this is composed within various fats that are found in different types of food. There are good and bad types of cholesterol which, in turn, make good and bad types of fat. It’s no surprise that there are some foods, of which, are far from being healthy addition to our diets, however are you aware of how the food you eat is affecting your cholesterol? Let’s find out!

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