Heart & Blood Health

Are you shoveling safely? Each year, 11,000 people are hospitalized due to snow shoveling related accidents. Patients suffer from back and head injuries, bone fractures and sometimes even heart attacks. Minimize your risks by:
  • Using a quality light-weight shovel with a good grip
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By Margaret Shepard • February 20, 2017
High blood pressure affects about 1 in 3 adults. Everything from genetics to stress can be a factor – and while medications can help, there are also ways people can bring it down naturally. Mayo Clinic physicians share some science-backed tips to ease rising blood pressure.
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By Alyse Brunella • January 30, 2017
Sixty million Americans suffer from heartburn at least once a month—and some studies show that more than 15 million Americans have symptoms every day. Doctors suggest that these numbers will likely continue to climb due to the growing obesity rate in the U.S. 
By Alyse Brunella • January 25, 2017
Catching a cold or flu during the winter can leave you feeling miserable for days, if not weeks. That’s why most people focus on avoiding the sniffles or a sore throat, but what about the other health risks that aren’t usually associated with winter? Conditions such as
By Alyse Brunella • January 18, 2017
Chase Fairbairn’s life was interrupted at the age of 11 in 2011. Chase suffered cardiac arrest on a soccer field. During a brief hospitalization, Chase was tested for cardiac issues, but when his test results came back normal, he was released with a diagnosis [...]
By Nate Gilbraith • December 22, 2016
As a mother, Linsey Rippy’s holiday shopping list is usually full of toys, but surprisingly not always for her own children. Linsey’s daughters, 10-year-old Madi and 7-year-old Sydney, were diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy as toddlers, and each had a heart [...]
By Alyse Brunella • December 16, 2016
Did you know that cancer survivors are at an increased risk for heart attacks? Mayo Clinic researchers recently analyzed data on more than 2,300 patients who suffered a ST-elevation myocardial infarction, which is the most severe type of heart attack. [...]
By Nate Gilbraith • December 13, 2016
The changing of the seasons can be a beautiful thing, but the effects that it may have on your health…not so beautiful. With autumn’s cooler temperatures, it’s important to be mindful of more than just your wardrobe. Sudden weather changes and cooler temperatures can cause your blood vessels [...]
By Alyse Brunella • November 25, 2016
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy or HCM, is a disease in which the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick, making it harder to pump blood. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with HCM, there’s an online community waiting to support you. Mayo Clinic Connect
By Ali Skahan • November 16, 2016
You may not remember what you were doing when you were 9-years-old, but for Elizabeth and Kathryn Girtler, they’ve formed memories that will last a lifetime. The twin girls recently met the man responsible for the bone marrow donation that saved their lives [...]
By Ali Skahan • October 5, 2016