HDL Cholesterol: Good or Bad?
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by Hannah
11M ago
For many years, it has been commonly believed that the higher your HDL cholesterol is, the better.  HDL is even referred to as “good cholesterol” as it absorbs LDL or “bad cholesterol” from the blood and carries it to the liver to be flushed from the body.  However, studies in recent years have shown us that we have a lot to learn about HDL cholesterol and the possible dangers it poses. WHAT IS CHOLESTEROL? Cholesterol is a type of lipid with a waxy consistency and it can cause problems if there is too much of it.  However, cholesterol actually performs essential functions in yo ..read more
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Alcohol & Heart Health
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by Hannah
1y ago
For decades, red wine has been thought of as being heart healthy but a study published in early 2022 is telling us something different. But before we jump into the most recent findings, we must answer 3 questions: Why is alcohol placed on a pedestal? Why is red wine often highlighted? What is “moderate consumption”? Why is alcohol placed on a pedestal? The initial belief was born out of The French Paradox. In the early 1990s, it was observed that citizens of France consumed about the same about of saturated fat as citizens of the United States and the UK and yet their mortality rate for coro ..read more
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Exercise & Heart Rate
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by Hannah
1y ago
For most healthy adults, 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise, 3-5 times a week is recommended. But that leaves us wondering: What does “moderate to vigorous” actually mean? Do you ever wonder whether you’re doing too much or too little during a workout? The intensity of your workout is actually deciphered by the pace of your heart rate.  We want to show you how to determine your target heart rate zone for moderate to vigorous exercise so that you can easily find your personal target zone so that you can get the most out of every workout. Watch this video to see what we mean! St ..read more
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10 Common Excuses for Not Exercising– AND SOME SOLUTIONS!
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by Hannah
1y ago
In spite of the well documented benefits of exercising, only 23.2% of American adults meet the Physical Activity Guidelines, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Did you know that adults need 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week and 2 days of muscle strengthening activity? It is easy to come up with many reasons/excuses for not exercising – I’m too tired. I’m too out of shape. I don’t have time.  Here are 10 of the most common excuses for NOT exercising and some helpful solutions to overcome those excuses: EXCUSE #1: I’m too tired to exercis ..read more
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5 Ways to Support a Loved One With Heart Disease
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by Hannah
2y ago
Providing support for someone who has recently been diagnosed with heart disease cannot only help them cope with their diagnosis, but it can also help them make lifestyle choices that will benefit their health. COMMUNICATE One of the best ways that you can support a loved one who has been diagnosed with heart disease is to listen to them.  They may be juggling many different emotions and just listening to them is a very simple way to show them that you care.  Open communication may not only reduce stress levels, but it can also help provide the emotional support that your loved one ..read more
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6 Questions to Ask Your Doctor
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by Hannah
3y ago
A doctor’s appointment can be stressful.  We’ve all left the doctor and immediately remembered that we forgot to ask a specific question.  Or we’ve been in the appointment and suddenly gotten stage fright.  It happens to the best of us.  But knowledge is power!  So we’ve created a short list of valuable conversation starters for you to use the next time you see your physician. THF PRO TIP: Bring this list of questions with you to the doctor along with any additional specific questions that apply to your health. 1. How does my family history impact my personal health? U ..read more
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7 TIPS TO SAFELY CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS IN 2020
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by Hannah
3y ago
As I write this, over 283,000 Americans have died as a result of COVID-19.  Since March, many of us have been wearing masks, keeping our distance, washing our hands, and spending a lot of time at home. Finally, the holidays are here and the world seems a little brighter!  The threat of COVID-19 may seem far away as you daydream about celebrating this festive time of year with loved ones and yet the numbers are on the rise. With an overwhelming amount of information on the internet and social media, we decided to create a simple guide that will help you safely celebrate the holidays i ..read more
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YOUR 2020 GUIDE TO YEAR-END TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS
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by Hannah
3y ago
Handling tax deductible donations at the end of the year can be confusing and daunting.  And 2020 threw a few wrenches in the mix.  SO–we wanted to create a simple guide, written in layman’s terms, to help you with this year-end task. HERE IS YOUR 2020 GUIDE TO YEAR-END TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS Let’s start with the basics: WHAT IS A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION? A tax deductible donation is a contribution of money or goods to a tax-exempt organization such as a charity. WHAT IS ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME (AGI)? Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is defined as gross income minus adjustments to income ..read more
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COVID-19 & HEART DISEASE
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by Hannah
3y ago
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, medical professionals have clearly communicated that people who are living with preexisting conditions are at a higher risk for contracting the illness and experiencing complications.  When specifying what qualifies as a “preexisting condition”, heart disease has always been listed. Until recently, there was no data regarding how a heart disease patient specifically may be affected by COVID-19. On June 15, 2020, the CDC released the following information from a federal study, which concluded at the end of May: The most common preexisting condition ..read more
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Bittersweet: Consuming Sugar and Heart Disease
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by Hannah
3y ago
When it comes to health, sugar has always had a bad reputation. The sweet stuff has been labeled “empty calories” as it does not provide fiber, vitamins, minerals, or any other nutrients. Even worse, a diet high in sugar has been proven to raise your risk of heart disease, regardless of your age, gender, physical activity level, and even your weight.  But what about sugars labeled as “healthy”?  Unrefined, coconut, agave, honey.  Do these all carry the same negative properties as table sugar? We decided to find out. Natural occurring sugar can be found in any food that ..read more
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