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What causes atrial fibrillation?  Genetics and age play a role, but the big three contributing factors of A-fib are age, high blood pressure, and obesity. Because two of these three major contributing factors are within our control many cases of A-fib, just like many other forms of heart disease, are often preventable.  By taking control of our…

In 1964, a child psychologist named Boris Levinson coined the term “pet therapy” after he realized that his dog, Jingles, was instrumental in getting his patients to feel more comfortable in speaking to him. The children would interact with Jingles directly, allowing the doctor to make a connection. But Dr. Levinson was not the first…

Although one type of inflammation can actually be helpful to the body, the presence of another type has the potential to fuel major illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, and many types of cancer. If you have ever cut your finger, you have experienced inflammation.  This “acute” inflammation triggers a response within your body to stop…

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, close to one-third of all U.S. adults over the age of 50 have little or no physical activity outside of work. Study after study finds physical activity is critical to preserving good heart and brain health, particularly as we age. However, despite the abundance of research that…

Fathers do so many different things for us including helping to protect us and keep us safe.  So, there is no better time than Father’s Day to give back that heartfelt protection to all the wonderful men in our lives. Most people do not realize that nearly half of adult men in the U.S. have…

Studies show that men are twice as likely to have a heart attack than women.  Studies also show men to be less likely to seek healthcare assistance than women. This is likely a result of a socially outdated mindset that going to the doctor exhibits weakness, but regardless it is important that men recognize that…

We all love it!  For some it is a year-round pleasure and for others it is a seasonal luxury we start to enjoy soon after the long cold winters have ended – either way, we can’t wait to fire up that grill! As we do, however, we should be mindful and try not to overindulge…

With the recent passing of Cecil who has now became the oldest organ donor in the United States at 95, our deepest sympathies to his family for their loss. But we celebrate that, even at 95 years of age, Cecil has given another the gift of life. While as always we have strong feelings as…

Did you know that the No. 4 cause of death for women each year is a stroke?  And did you realize strokes kill more women than men every year? One in 5 women will have a stroke. About 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year in the US. Stroke is the No….

There seems to be a day dedicated for almost anything and everything these days.  Some may even be considered silly by most, but there are many days dedicated to an awareness to help us take a step back from our hectic lives by reminding us to unwind and enjoy for better health. On April 23rd,…

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