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Preventing Heart Disease in Women

Heart Disease Prevention

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. In fact, one in every four women in the US will die of heart disease. While many may have heard of heart disease and these dismal statistics, there is a host of information that goes unnoticed. For example, there are several types of heart disease, including Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), Coronary Microvascular Disease (MVD), and stress-induced cardiomyopathy, also known as broken heart syndrome. 

Mother holding newborn baby
Each year in the United States, about 1 in 33 babies is born with a birth defect. Of those, congenital heart defects, spina bifida, cleft lip, and cleft palates are among the most common. While it’s impossible to entirely eliminate the risk of birth defects, there are steps you can take both before and during pregnancy to lower your risk.
Woman speaking with doctor
January is Cervical Health Month, so this month we’re focusing on ways to educate and help you protect yourself from all cervical-related health threats. One of the biggest threats to your cervical health is cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer for women, worldwide. It starts at the cervix, which is the narrow opening from the vagina to the uterus. Every year in the United States, roughly 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Typically occurring in mid-life, cervical cancer is usually diagnosed in women between the ages of 35 and 44.

HPV: The Top 5 Things You Should Know

Teen girl getting a vaccination shot
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States -- it’s estimated over seventy nine million people are currently infected. Although most cases of HPV cause no symptoms and are naturally cleared by the body’s immune defense, some strains of the infection can lead to genital warts and several types of cancer, including cervical. There are no treatment options for HPV, but regular screenings can eliminate your chances of the virus progressing into something more serious.
Family playing in the snow
The holiday season provides a fantastic opportunity to catch up with family, friends, and loved ones. Unfortunately, it can also provide a platform for an endless smorgasbord of tempting seasonal treats, including ones loaded with fat, calories, refined sugars, and processed ingredients. Holiday indulgence in food and drink can add a few inches to your waistline, not to mention cause tears of regret during that first visit to the bathroom scale on New Year’s Day. So what is a person to do?
Woman showing signs of holiday stress
Studies have found women are more prone to experiencing holiday stress than men, with many women reporting increasingly heightened stress levels through the holidays. Holiday-induced stressors indicated by women include lack of time, not enough money, pressure to give or get gifts, and inability to manage the increased load of entertaining, social obligations, cooking/baking, decorating and holiday traveling on top of everyday work and family responsibilities.
Pregnant woman getting a shot
Now that cold and flu season is upon us, it is especially important for pregnant women to safeguard themselves and their unborn babies against seasonal flu. The flu vaccine is the best form of available protection against the flu, which can cause major complications for both expectant moms and their unborn babies.

Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Elderly Mother & Daughter preparing a turkey

Whether heading over the river and through the woods, or staying home and hosting family and friends, Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful and celebrate the many gifts of family, friends, and health, even if that means having to endure Uncle Horace’s same corny jokes shared year after year or Grandpa’s loud chainsaw-like snoring at the table before dessert is served.  

Woman with no smoking sign

With the Great American Smoke Out on November 16, many of the estimated 37.8 million Americans who currently smoke band together to tackle the challenges of permanently quitting this unhealthy, dangerous habit. 

Pregnant woman at a doctor's checkup
November is National Diabetes Month and, this year, the nation is focusing on gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), a type of diabetes only diagnosed during pregnancy. Women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes do not have a previous diabetes diagnosis.

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