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The truth about 6 popular “heart health” supplements

If you’re looking to improve your heart health or manage a condition like heart disease or high cholesterol, you may have come across supplements claiming to improve heart health. But do these supplements really work as they claim? Here’s what you need to know about the most common dietary supplements used for heart health. Food …

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What to expect in the cath lab and how to prepare for your procedure

Getting scheduled for a medical procedure can create some anxiety in the best of us. No matter how many times a hospital team has done the procedure, it’s new to you—and new means unknown. “We see this often where cath lab procedures are concerned,” said Robert Jay Widmer, MD, PhD, interventional cardiologist on the medical …

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20-year-old runner experiences “sudden death,” saved by neighbors doing CPR

It started off as a normal Sunday like any other for 20-year-old Landon Wyrick. After church, lunch and some errands, he went for a run. For years, running has been his way to stay active after high school. He knew he had a minor heart rhythm condition known as supraventricular tachycardia, or SVT, but it …

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What to know about getting a second opinion for cancer

When you’re diagnosed with cancer, you want to feel comfortable and in control of your care. In some cases, a second opinion can provide that extra level of confidence that you’ve considered all your options and you’re choosing the right treatment plan for you. While a few types of cancer emergencies require immediate attention, most …

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Recipe inspiration: Hot honey salmon fried rice

Looking for a recipe that takes 30 minutes or less to cook and tastes great?How about hot honey salmon fried rice? This recipe is packed with omega-3’s, fiber and potassium to help keep your heart and your gut healthy! Cooking fried rice is such an easy and quick way to incorporate veggies, lean proteins and …

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Why is my hand shaking? What causes hand tremors and when to worry

Have you ever noticed your hand shaking while you pour your morning coffee or stand in line at the grocery store? Shaky hands, the medical term for which is “hand tremor,” are more common than you might think. Some people may disregard them if they are not very noticeable or bothersome in day-to-day activities. But …

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Parenting your parents: 5 tips for taking care of aging parents

If your children love Disney movies as much as mine do, “the circle of life” probably conjures up images of Simba on Pride Rock with Elton John singing in the background. The “circle of life” is a phrase I use frequently in my work as a geriatrician as I counsel my patients and their adult …

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Happily ever after: Couple ties the knot after lifesaving liver transplant

When Brandi and Pete fell in love, he was healthy—but liver disease was slowly taking its toll. Brandi knew in her heart it was her destiny to save his life by donating her liver. This is their love story, in their words. Pete: The diagnosis I learned I had liver disease about six years before …

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Does Parkinson’s disease run in families? The role of genetics and more

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you probably have many questions and concerns. Among the questions my patients often ask is whether Parkinson’s disease is inherited, and if they got it from a family member or could pass it on to their children. Here’s what you need to know …

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