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October 10, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Heart disease
A Guide to Heart-Healthy Exercise

Exercise has so many health benefits, but many people are not doing it. When you exercise, your heart rate increases, delivering oxygen and nutrients to your hard-working muscles. As you increase the intensity of your workout, your heart responds by increasing heart rate and contractility. As you repeat your exercise sessions regularly, your heart gets stronger and more efficient, as do your respiratory muscles. You are able to swim, row, run, walk, or bike faster and further than you ever h

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October 10, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Heart disease
The Correlation Between Obesity and Heart Disease

Obesity is a chronic disease that has reached epidemic proportions, and heart disease is described as the “silent killer.” The link between obesity and heart disease is indisputable and multifactorial. Carrying those extra pounds can negatively impact your health in many ways. But if you live with obesity, losing just 5% of your body weight can improve your overall and heart health. In the United States, about 42% of all adults live with obesity. Two-thirds of U.S. adults meet the body m

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October 10, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Heart disease
A Complete Guide to Hypertension

Hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure, is diagnosed when the pressure your bloodstream puts on the inner walls of your blood vessels is consistently higher than acceptable, healthy levels. This increased pressure causes damage to the inner blood vessel walls and can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately, hypertension can cause damage while not causing symptoms. Worldwide, hypertension contributes to an estimated 7.5 million premature deaths and 4.5 pe

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September 27, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Heart disease
Common Myths About Heart Disease

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States. Accounting for over 900 thousand deaths in 2020, heart disease falls under the umbrella of cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association projects that more than 130 million U.S. adults will have some type of cardiovascular disease by 2035.1 In 2019, 17.9 million people died from cardiovascular disease, accounting for just under one-third of all global mortality. Of these, 85% were due to heart attacks and strokes.

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September 27, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Heart disease
What Is the Difference Between Good and Bad Cholesterol?

Cholesterol has gotten a terrible reputation because of its contribution to cardiovascular disease. Cholesterol is a waxy substance essential for cell membrane formation and producing bile, vitamin D, and steroid hormones. About three-quarters of your body’s cholesterol is made in your liver, and the rest comes from your diet. Excess cholesterol is deposited on the inner lining of your blood vessels, causing inflammation, damage, and atherosclerosis. When these plaques of waxy cholesterol

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September 26, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Heart disease
The Effects of Stress on Heart Health

Overall, about 5% of the U.S. adult population reports chronic stress. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a 25% increase in stress and anxiety worldwide, with researchers reporting the prevalence of stress, anxiety, and depression as 29.6%, 31.9%, and 33.7%, respectively.1  Stress is widespread, but how it affects you is very personal. A variety of environmental, social, and emotional factors can trigger stress. The impact of stress on your health, especially your heart health, as

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September 25, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Eye conditions
The Difference Between Pink Eye and Allergies

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the white part of the eye. The inflammation usually extends to the inner lining of the eyelids. Eye redness is a nonspecific symptom that can be caused by an infection or allergies. Pink eye is an umbrella term, but many people use it to refer to infectious conjunctivitis causes, including viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Infectious conjunctivitis is contagious and is commonly accompanied by other illness signs and symptoms. Allergies are not

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September 22, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Respiratory illnesses
What is Paxlovid Rebound?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Paxlovid is recommended to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in its initial stages of the disease when people are at elevated risk that their disease may progress in severity. Paxlovid treatment helps reduce the risk of disease progression, hospitalization, and death. Whether or not you have been vaccinated, for some people who take Paxlovid, COVID-19 symptoms seem to diminish and then return. Symptom rebound typically occurs between

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September 20, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Conditions
Short- and Long-Term Health Effects of a Sedentary Lifestyle

Your body was made to move! Today's lifestyle makes it hard to keep your body moving throughout the day. Many people sit all day at work and then go home to use technology or watch television. But a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to health problems such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and premature mortality. According to a study published in JAMA:1 About 1 in 4 adults sit for over 8 hours daily. About 4 in 10 adults are physically inactive. About 1 in 10 adul

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September 19, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Allergies
A Guide to Mold Allergies

Mold (fungal) allergies can cause congestion, headaches, coughing, wheezing, itchy, watery eyes, and skin rashes. Molds are common in indoor and outdoor environments, where they thrive in high humidity and moisture. However, not all mold spores cause allergy symptoms.1 The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine estimates that about 10% of people have a mold allergy, with about 5% having symptoms, and that 10% to 30% of the population may be sensitive to mold allergens. Depe

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