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“Broken heart” risks

Written by Heart and Vascular Team on 11/25/2015 6:00:00 AM

The loss of a loved one brings with it overwhelming feelings of grief, anger and depression. Medically speaking, hearts don’t “break” from loss, but they can suffer damage from the intense emotions you experience.

A recent study of nearly 2,000 heart attack survivors found that attacks were far more likely to happen after the death of a loved one. About 14 percent of participants said they lost someone close to them within the previous six months. This research indicates that a heart attack is 21 times more likely to happen within 24 of a death than in the following one to six months. continue reading ...

Living with sleep apnea

Written by Community Health Network on 11/17/2015 8:00:00 AM

Sleep apnea occurs when a person has one or more pauses in breathing or takes shallow breaths while they’re sleeping. These episodes can last from 10 seconds to several minutes, and can occur more than 100 times in an hour. continue reading ...

How to make healthy choices at Thanksgiving dinner

Written by Dietitian and Nutrition Team on 11/5/2015 12:11:00 PM

Thanksgiving dinner

The holidays are full of unhealthy eating situations. While one meal is not going to ruin the healthy habits that you’ve worked on all year, there are steps you can take to mitigate the damage from that cranberry sauce. continue reading ...

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4 ways to make meal-prepping easier

Written by Dietitian and Nutrition Team on 11/2/2015 8:00:00 AM

Woman meal prepping

By planning and pre-cooking portions of your dinners for the week ahead, you'll eat healthier and avoid overindulging. Try these tips to make meal prepping easy and efficient!

Make a list.
Select the meals that you would like to make for the week, create a list of ingredients you'll need, and buy them all in one shopping trip.

Shop then chop.
As soon as you get home from the grocery store, wash, chop, and store any fruits, veggies, or meats you plan on using within the next few days. continue reading ...

Daylight savings and your health

Written by Community Health Network on 10/31/2015 8:00:00 AM

By Anne Batson, NP, sleep specialist nurse with Community Physician Network

Health effects of daylight savings time

This Halloween weekend, we will “fall back” by adjusting our clocks as Daylight Saving Time ends and we return to standard time. While many people welcome the additional hour, some struggle for weeks if their bodies are slower to adjust. The time change can disrupt sleep and wreak havoc on mental health. The turning back of the clock causes many people to stay up later after the time change, but they are not sleeping any later in the morning. The result is a mild sleep deprivation state. continue reading ...

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