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Survive and thrive: 4 strategies to reduce your risk of cancer recurrence

For Phil Waigand, a cancer diagnosis wasn’t part of the game plan. Waigand was living his dream running a therapeutic horseback riding program for people with disabilities when life came to a screeching halt after he noticed blood in his stool. “I immediately made an appointment with a colorectal doctor at Baylor Scott & White …

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School shooting aftermath: How to help your children cope with tragedy

In the wake of a tragedy like a mass casualty event at a school, you as the adult loved one responsible for a child or children in your life may be wondering how you can support them and how to explain (or if you should explain) what has happened. Know that you are not alone …

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What to know before getting a heart stent

Heart stents are a potentially lifesaving treatment in preventing heart damage during and after a heart attack. The procedure opens arteries that are causing the heart attack and can relieve other blockages that may be causing chest discomfort called “angina.” But before getting stents in your heart, you’ll want to consider both the risks of heart stent treatment …

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7 healthy habits to help you thrive with heart disease

Life changes quickly with a diagnosis of heart disease. Whether the doctor says your coronary artery is filled with plaque or your heart muscle isn’t pumping as well as it should, your survival will require treatment. And it’s more than just taking a pill—living with heart disease requires lifestyle changes not just today, but for a lifetime. While …

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TCAR: A minimally invasive approach to reduce your chance of stroke

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds. As a vascular surgeon, I see a large percentage of people who are either on the verge of experiencing a stroke or have had a stroke already. Strokes are often debilitating and can be fatal—but many times, they’re …

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The simple skincare routine you need this summer

As the temperatures rise and we lighten our layers, it might also be time to revisit your skincare regimen. Sun protection should rise to the top of your priority list as the sun intensifies—no surprise there. But how else should you adjust your skincare routine to account for summertime skin needs? Don’t overcomplicate it Here …

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Understanding your heart valve disease diagnosis

Your heart’s ability to pump oxygen-rich blood throughout the body depends on a number of complex functions. The heart’s four valves allow blood to flow through your heart in the right direction. When they don’t open or close properly, the flow of blood throughout your body is disrupted. Heart valve disease is diagnosed when one or more …

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What does it mean to have dense breast tissue?

If a recent mammogram showed you have dense breast tissue, you may wonder what this means for your breast cancer risk. Studies show that dense breast tissue makes breast cancer screening more difficult and increases the risk of breast cancer. A dense breast tissue diagnosis is an opportunity to review your breast cancer risk factors …

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So, you were diagnosed with a heart condition. Now what?

If you’ve received a diagnosis related to the heart or blood vessels, it’s normal to be frightened and a little confused. The information out there on heart conditions can be overwhelming. “Heart disease can be confusing at first,” said Michael Mack, MD, heart surgeon and the chair of Baylor Scott & White Health’s cardiovascular governing …

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Difficulty swallowing? It could be eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

If you often experience trouble swallowing that won’t go away, you may be living with eosinophilic esophagitis, or EoE. This newly recognized chronic immune condition wasn’t on the radar until the 1990s but by some estimates, it affects 1 in every 2,000 people. Unless you’ve already been diagnosed with EoE, it’s probably not a condition …

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