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Lower Your Blood Pressure in 3 Steps

You may have heard that the American Heart Association recently made a change to blood pressure guidelines.   This important change is the first in 14 years and reflects the results of several long-term studies (including the SPRINT study) which show that there are lower rates of cardiovascular events when blood pressure is controlled to lower […]

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Caring for Your Heart Before, During and After Surgery

Many patients and families worry about a difficult recovery process when heart surgery has been recommended. However, new protocols are taking the field by storm resulting in less pain, fewer complications, and faster recovery than ever seen before. Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery ERAS Cardiac stands for Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery. ERAS is an innovative […]

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What is Lymphedema?

The lymphatic system is a complex network of lymph vessels and nodes throughout the body.  It connects to the circulatory system and is responsible for the body’s ability to fight infections. Lymph vessels travel the same route as blood vessels. The system can become overloaded with lymph fluid due to excessive fluid, missing/removed lymph nodes/vessels, […]

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Teen Contraceptive Options

In the United States, 80% or more of pregnancies among adolescents age 15 to 19 years are unintended. National surveys report that ⅓ of high school students are sexually active and only ⅓ of those reported use effective contraception. Barriers to Seeking Contraception Potential barriers might include concerns about confidentiality or cost as well as […]

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