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Let's Play...Did You Know?

I decided today is a good day to share some interesting (to me) facts that you may or may not know about. These facts are important to me for several reasons. I am both a breast cancer survivor, and dare I say thriver, and a heart attack survivor too. All of the facts I'm sharing…

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Who Do I Think I Am?

I haven't really introduced myself in a while here so I thought I might take a minute to tell you who I am, what I do, why I do it  and why I think you could benefit from reading my work. Who am I? As you probably already figured out, my name is Karen Sammer.…

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Do You Practice Mindfulness?

You might be saying...practice it, I don't even know what it is! According to this article, Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you are sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to…

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What Do You Know About AFib?

What is AFib? AFib is short for atrial fibrillation, a condition that can cause an irregular and very rapid heart beat. While AFib itself may not be life threatening, it can lead to other conditions. It can cause blood clots in the heart, stroke, contribute to heart failure and other forms of heart disease. How…

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Something Near and Dear to My Heart...WomenHeart

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 their 2018 Science and Leadership Symposium to go into the community and educate everyone about women and heart health. What is WomenHeart? WomenHeart is the National Coalition for…

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What You Should Know About Heart Failure

Since becoming a member of a club I never wanted to join...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 as…

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Do You Really Know The Symptoms? Maybe Not

You know what it looks like...the Hollywood heart attack. It's usually a middle-aged, or older, man clutching his chest. Maybe he's sweating profusely and short of breath. He's probably falling over a piece of furniture and passing out. Maybe he lives and maybe he doesn't. But that isn't necessarily the way it happens when you're…

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