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Perfection...the Opposite of Progress

By Karen | February 8, 2020 |

We're taking a break from the heart health talk today and I thought we could discuss something different. When I work with clients, they span the spectrum of expectations and compliance. Some will always find reasons why they couldn't comply with our agreed upon goals, and others will beat themselves up even if they met…

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Did You Know? Some Facts About Women's Heart Health

By Karen | February 7, 2020 |

Women often have a much different experience in a cardiac event from that of a man. Most of us are not aware of those differences. Here are some facts that might surprise you. Did you know? More women in the US die of heart disease than all cancers combined Women are seven times more likely…

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How Can You Be Heart Healthy?

By Karen | February 6, 2020 |

February is Heart Month and I've been talking about various heart ailments, so now it's time for some preventive care. How do you care for your heart? Did you know that 80% of cardiac disease is preventable through lifestyle, nutrition and education? You can mitigate a lot of risk simply by eating right, exercising and…

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What Is Heart Failure?

By Karen | February 5, 2020 |

Since I joined a club I never wanted to be a part of...people with cardiac issues...I've learned a lot about the subject. And I have barely scratched the surface. One of the areas I'm learning about it heart failure. What is heart failure exactly? Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle is unable to pump…

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Broken Heart Syndrome

By Karen | February 4, 2020 |

Most, if not all, of us knows what it feels like to have our hearts broken. But did you know there is actually a cardiac condition called "broken heart syndrome"? It's a temporary condition, often caused by an extreme emotional or highly stressful event.¬†Fortunately, broken heart syndrome, also known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy, usually self corrects…

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Atrial Fibrillation aka AFib

By Karen | February 3, 2020 |

  Atrial fibrillation¬†(AFib) is an irregular heartbeat that puts the patient at higher risk for stroke, heart failure and other cardiac conditions. When a heart is in AFib, the upper chambers of the heart are not beating in synch with the lower chambers, possibly causing weakness, shortness of breath and heart palpitations. AFib is not…

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SCAD - The Uncommon Cardiac Event That May Be More Common Than We Think

By Karen | February 2, 2020 |

For the next several days, I'll be writing about different heart conditions. Today I'll be talking about my own cardiac event. I hope you get some valuable information from my work. Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection also known as SCAD, is a condition that happens when there is a tear in an artery within your heart.…

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It's Heart Month...Let's Talk About WomenHeart

By Karen | February 1, 2020 |

If you know me or my work, you probably know that I'm a proud WomenHeart Champion Community Educator. I received my training at the Mayo Clinic in 2018 to go into the community and educate. What is WomenHeart? WomenHeart is the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease¬†and the leading voice of the 48 million…

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