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    3 Things You Can Do Now to Lower Your Blood Pressure

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    High blood pressure typically doesn’t come with warning signs, but it can lead to dangerous health issues like heart disease and stroke if left unchecked. “West Virginia is the No. 1 state for incidence of hypertension,” said Dr. Wissam Gharib, a cardiologist at the Mon Health Heart & Vascular Center. “And only about half of … Continued

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    Diabetes: A Go-To Guide for Eating at Nearly Every Type of Restaurant

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    If you’re like the average American, you eat out 5 times a week. But when you have diabetes, sticking to a diabetes meal plan – which includes cutting calories and keeping salt, carbs and fat to a minimum – is one of the most important parts of managing your disease. Fortunately, many restaurants now offer … Continued

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    Getting Your Flu Shot Is Worth It

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    When you get the flu shot, you’re not only protecting yourself but everyone you come in contact with. Dr. James Mersing, a family physician with Mon Health Wedgewood Primary Care, said it’s important to get the flu shot every fall. Between 5-20% of people in the U.S. get the flu each year. “The flu shot … Continued

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    4 Ways to Help Stop Menopause Weight Gain

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      If you think weight gain during menopause is inevitable, think again. Menopause often leads to weight gain, specifically stubborn belly fat.  But research shows that gaining weight during menopause can be avoided. “Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic pill that can stop or reverse weight gain during and after menopause, but a few simple lifestyle … Continued

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    4 Common Chemotherapy Side Effects, And How to Navigate Them

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    As breast cancer patients prepare for chemotherapy, Mon Health Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Center Nurse Navigator Heather Colebank, RN, wants her patients to know what to expect – and when to expect it. While not all breast cancer patients receive chemotherapy, the treatment is commonly used before or after surgery  ̶  or as the main … Continued

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    8 Tips for Avoiding Empty Calories [Infographic]

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    Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just maintain, sticking to a healthy eating plan is hard. But one of the best ways to achieve your goal is to cut out empty calories from your diet. What are empty calories? “They’re simply calories in your foods that, for the most part, lack significant nutritional value,” … Continued

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    A Guide to Eating Out with Diabetes

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    When you have diabetes, it can be hard to stick to your nutrition plan when you eat out. At a recent Diabetes Support Group meeting at Mon Health Medical Center, dietitian Robin Redd went over smart eating strategies that allow you to eat out without causing your blood sugar to go haywire. The key is … Continued

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    6 Early Warning Signs of a Heart Attack You Should Never Ignore

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    That winded, run-down feeling you’re having could be the first sign of a heart attack. While some heart attacks are sudden and intense, many heart attacks start slowly and the earliest symptoms are often very subtle. In fact, about 1 in 4 heart attacks are silent, without chest pain or new symptoms, especially among women … Continued

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    Testing for HPV Virus May Decrease Cervical Cancer Screening Recommendations

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    Adding a human papillomavirus (HPV) test to your regular Pap smear could change how often you need to be screened for cervical cancer. During a routine Pap smear, which checks the cervix for abnormal cell growth, you can choose to be tested for HPV. If the HPV test is negative, research shows that it’s safe … Continued

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    I’m Pregnant! What Now?

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    Seeing a positive pregnancy test for the first time is a moment you’ll remember forever. But what happens now that you’re pregnant? Dr. Candi McCullough, of Mon Health Obstetrics & Gynecology, encourages women to schedule their first prenatal appointment following a positive test. “By the time a woman has a positive pregnancy test, she is … Continued