Too Young to Have a Stroke?

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While very few young adults suffer strokes, the rate of stroke has been rising among young men and women.   ABOUT 795,000 PEOPLE have a stroke each year in the United States, a number influenced by numerous factors, including age, gender and health habits. Women are more likely to have a stroke than men—55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year. …

Spring Clean Your Diet

True North Custom News, Nutrition

HAS YOUR DIET been stuck in a winter rut? During the colder months, we tend to go into hibernation mode, storing fat from eating cheesy casseroles and meaty stews. Now that warm-weather produce has returned, get your diet back to a fresher, healthier place. Not sure how to start? These tips can help: Try Something New Apples, carrots, green beans—week after …

Staying Fit with COPD

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YOUR CONDITION DOESN’T have to limit your ability to exercise. Do you live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? If you do and you can’t remember the last time you routinely exercised, it might be time to re-evaluate your fitness routine, or start a new one. While exercise won’t reverse the effects of COPD, it can improve how you feel and …

Should You Consider Knee or Hip Joint Replacement?

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TO FIND OUT, review these questions and answers with Raul Curiel, M.D., orthopedic surgeon with Summit Healthcare Orthopedic Surgery, a part of Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Show Low, Arizona. How does joint health affect quality of life? DR. CURIEL: Good joint health boosts life quality by allowing you to move freely without inflammation. Arthritis-induced pain may take away your …

Manicures and Pedicures Can Be Good for Your Health

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FEELING GUILTY ABOUT indulging in manicures and pedicures? Don’t! These spa services may actually be an investment in your health. Many manicures and pedicures include massage of the hands and feet, which can  encourage blood flow and moisturizing treatments to improve the condition of dry, cracked cuticles and skin. But these spa services aren’t reserved for women alone. The therapeutic spa …

Is Your Cold Or Flu An Emergency?

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WHEN YOU’RE SICK, how can you tell if your cold or flu is severe enough to warrant a trip to your nearest emergency room? Symptoms of flu and cold — such as cough, a fever, body aches, congestion, chills, or dehydration from vomiting — are no joke. For most people, these symptoms can be handled in your doctor’s office or at …

Women’s Heart Problems Can Be Different

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WHEN IT COMES to heart health, gender can influence everything from heart disease risk factors to heart attack symptoms. Many women believe that the men in their lives have a greater risk of heart disease than they do. But more than 6.5 million American women live with some form of heart disease, according to Harvard Medical School. In fact, the disease …

Control Your Blood Pressure

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DON’T IGNORE HIGH blood pressure or wait to start treatment. High blood pressure, which occurs when your blood pushes harder on your artery walls than it should, can lead to stroke or heart complications. Blood pressure numbers measure the amount of pressure on your heart when it moves blood out (the systolic or top number) and in (the diastolic or …

Saving Lives, One Cervical Cancer Test at a Time

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CERVICAL CANCER, WHICH is almost always caused by high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV), is one of the most preventable—and treatable—cancers. Most women’s immune systems are able to fight off the HPV infection before cancer can form. However, for those who do develop cancer, the majority of cervical cancers start with precancerous, or abnormal, changes to the cervix, which can easily be detected …

A Winter Worry Land

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WINTER HEALTH WORRIES? Summit Healthcare can help you stay safe. When you’re surrounded by electric heaters, heated blankets, and all-wheel drive vehicles, it may seem like we’ve conquered hazardous winter conditions. Not so fast. In just a span of four years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 6,600 U.S. residents died from exposure to natural cold. Not …