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Calm Breath, Healthy Heart

By , February 19th, 2013 | Women's Health | 0 Comments

Katie Louvat, Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Loka

Calm Breath, Healthy HeartGuest blogger Katie Louvat, a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Loka, shared this simple exercise to promote heart health in honor of Heart Month.

A powerful tool for supporting the health of your heart lies right under your nose… it’s your breath.

Draw a deep, slow breath into your lungs through your nose and then exhale slowly and completely. Repeat this instruction two or three times and then pause and notice how you feel. More calm? Refreshed? Relaxed? Focused?

Conscious breath work, or pranayama, can cultivate feelings of …

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19Feb

Show your love and learn the signs of heart attack

By , February 14th, 2013 | Women's Health | 0 Comments

Karen MeskimenKaren Meskimen, DNP, RN

In light of Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month, let’s spread awareness of heart attack signs and symptoms that could save a life. Since the symptoms women experience are often different than those a man experiences, awareness is truly the heart of the matter.

Most common warning signs of heart attack:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back
  • pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck or arms
  • Chest discomfort with light-headedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath

Women may have other, less common, warning signs of heart attack:

14Feb

6 Ways to Make your Next Doctor’s Appointment go Smoothly

By , February 7th, 2013 | Parenting | 0 Comments

6 Ways to make yoru next Doctor's Appointment go SmoothlyPreparation is key in getting the most out of any doctor’s appointment. These six tips can help improve your experience and minimize any anxieties you may have.

Bring your current insurance card and an I.D.

The doctor’s office may need your current insurance card to update your information, their billing system, for specific procedures, etc. Bring your insurance card just in case.  A government-issued I.D. is also crucial as some offices will require it at check-in.

Make a list of current medications.

Be sure to include over-the-counter medications, supplements, and dosages. This will …

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7Feb