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Heart disease: not just a man's problem


Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Many women are unaware that cardiovascular disease is not just the number one killer of men, it's also the number one killer of women. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease claims the lives of about 500,000 women a year-more than the next six causes of death combined.

"Women need to realize this is not a disease that impacts only men or older people," says Diana Nelson, PA-C, Gundersen Lutheran - Harmony Clinic. "Women are at risk of having heart disease even when they are in their 40s or 50s. And, if a woman's father has had a heart attack, she is just as much of a risk for developing heart disease as her brothers."

While these thoughts are sobering, there is also good news. Cardiovascular disease is one of the most preventable of all diseases.

"Tobacco use, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and inactivity are all common risk factors for heart disease that we can control," explains Diana. "By eating a heart-healthy diet, exercising and not smoking, we're taking key steps in preventing the onset of heart disease."

For more information on heart disease, go to gundluth.org/heart or contact the Gundersen Lutheran Clinic nearest you.

Know your symptoms

Heart attack symptoms include:

• Chest discomfort (uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain)

• Discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach

• Shortness of breath

• Sweating, nausea or lightheadedness

Women may also experience less specific symptoms such as fatigue, trouble sleeping, indigestion and anxiety.

If you think you are having heart problems or a heart attack, get help immediately.

A life-long athlete trains for Boston

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Training for a marathon is a challenging endeavor attempted by few. The 26.2 mile race requires a training schedule that can be difficult to accomplish, especially during a Minnesota winter. Combine that with the factors of a busy household, three y ..... 
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A life-long athlete trains for Boston

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Training for a marathon is a challenging endeavor attempted by few. The 26.2 mile race requires a training schedule that can be difficult to accomplish, especially during a Minnesota winter. Combine that with the factors of a busy household, three y ..... 
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Health officials stress importance of careful hand washing, food preparation in battling norovirus

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Winter in Minnesota is the peak time of year for norovirus, an illness that should be as easy to prevent as one, two, three, say health officials: wash your hands properly, prepare and handle food properly, and if you are ill, stay home and don't pr ..... 
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Rock Stars of Science to Present at Annual Alzheimer's Association and Mayo Dementia Conference

Wed, Feb 10th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Minneapolis, MN - Two of the country's most renowned medical researchers, Dr. Steven DeKosky and Dr. Ronald Petersen, will be presenting the keynote address at the Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota and Mayo Clinic's annual A Meeting of t ..... 
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Ban the bug with H1N1 and seasonal flu immunizations

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) will be offering joint H1N1 and seasonal influenza immunization clinics in an effort to ban the flu bug. It is not too late to receive either H1N1 or seasonal influenza immunizations because flu season often runs ..... 
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Soy Potentially Healthy for Cancer Survivors

Tue, Jan 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

ST. LOUIS (January 12, 2010) - As research continues to demonstrate the human health value of eating soyfoods, a recently published study shows that soyfoods are not only safe but also beneficial for breast cancer survivors. In the past, some doctors ..... 
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First Student Provides School Bus Winter Weather Safety Information

Mon, Jan 11th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

CINCINNATI -First Student, Inc., North America's largest provider of school bus transportation, reminds parents, student passengers and motorists of important winter weather safety information. Snow and ice can make road conditions hazardous. Parents ..... 
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Ban the Bug campaign urges Minnesotans to get their influenza vaccinations

Thu, Jan 7th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Now is a good time to get vaccinated for influenza, whether for 2009 novel H1N1 or seasonal influenza, say state health officials.

In an effort to promote flu vaccination, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Coalition for ..... 
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