American Heart Month, celebrated every year during February, is an ideal time to remind us to focus on our hearts and encourage us to get our families, friends, and communities involved in mindful heart health. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death in the world with more than 17 million deaths every year. Heart disease can often be prevented with healthy life choices. Communities, health … [Read more...] about American Heart Month – Love Your Heart!
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
African Heritage and Healthy Eating Celebrated February 1st-7th, African Heritage and Health Week commemorates the ﬂavors and healthy cooking techniques that were core to the wellbeing of African ancestors from Africa, South America, the Caribbean, and the American South. February is the perfect time to honor and explore this healthy culinary history. (Oldways 2015) African Heritage Week is the perfect way to kick off Black History Month. It continues to raise awareness of the world of the … [Read more...] about African Heritage & Health
Valentine’s Day is a special commemoration of our love for others. We celebrate it in many ways with gifts and date nights. No one is thinking about a visit to the ER on Valentine’s Day, what could possibly happen? Many of us go all out and buy expensive gifts, book exotic holidays or cook a romantic candlelit dinner at home. Our focus is on making the evening memorable, so it can be easy to forget to take basic safety measures. Buying candy, flowers and kissing can come with hidden … [Read more...] about 5 Common Emergencies on Valentine’s Day
Each year, an estimated 20,000,000 Americans are victims of various thyroid conditions that may not show any symptoms at all. 60 percent of them do not even know that there is something wrong. I was one of those Americans. In my case, my condition turned out to be thyroid cancer. And at the age of 34, a month before my baby girl turned 1, I had to have my entire thyroid removed. While my cancer story could employ another 10,000 words (future post alert), the focus of today’s post is to … [Read more...] about Thyroid Awareness: Know The Symptoms
Countless Americans deal with high blood pressure every day. But, when do the effects of hypertension require a visit to the emergency room? Extremely high blood pressure can cause severe life-threatening issues including stroke, aneurysms, heart attacks, and heart failure. Causes of Hypertension Situations that can cause hypertensive emergencies include: Forgetting to take your blood pressure medication Worsening kidney failure An interaction between medications or supplements … [Read more...] about Blood Pressure Emergencies