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Get Your Heart Health Check

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Get a heart and stroke check today. Take this important step in preventing heart attack and stroke.

The best thing you can do to find out about your risk of heart disease is to see your doctor for a heart health check, reports the Heart Foundation. You may not be aware you have risk factors of heart disease early enough. Often there are no symptoms. So it’s really important to get your doctor to check your risks frequently, to ensure your heart is healthy.

The Heart Foundation strongly recommends having a heart health check if you’re over 45 years old, and over 35 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

What happens at a heart health check

A heart health check can be done as part of a normal check up with your doctor or health practitioner. Your doctor will take blood tests, check your blood pressure and ask you about your lifestyle and your family (your grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters).

Give your doctor as much information about your lifestyle and family history as possible. Once your doctor or health practitioner has your blood test results, ask them for your report which will state if you have high (more than 15%); moderate (10-15%) or low risk (less than 10%) of a heart attack or stroke.

Go here to watch a short video clip to find out more about what a heart health check involves, as well what a heart and stroke check is, why it’s important and what action can be taken to reduce the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Take your first step now to prevent a heart attack or stroke. Go here.

You’ll also find a list of questions you should be asking your doctor.

NPR: Diet Rich in Greens Linked to Less Age-Related Memory Loss

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NPR: Diet Rich In Greens Linked To Less Age-Related Memory Loss
To age well, we must eat well — there’s been a lot of evidence that heart-healthy diets help protect the brain. The latest good news: A study recently published in Neurology finds that healthy seniors who had daily helpings of leafy green vegetables — such as spinach, kale and collard greens — had a slower rate of cognitive decline, compared to those who tended to eat little or no greens. (Aubrey, 2/5)

What You Need To Know About 2018 Flu Season

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Getting the flu vaccination is the single most important thing you can do to prevent flu, says officials with the CDC.

The 2018 flu season arrived earlier than usual and is only predicted to get worse. The deadly virus is already widespread in 46 states and some hospitals are even limiting visitors to slow the spread, reports Amwell. 

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications.

Symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) include:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, the CDC recommends taking an antiviral within 48 hours of initial symptoms to reduce the duration of the flu.

In a recent article, “Flu Season Is Shaping Up To Be A Nasty One, CDC Says” NPR reported that officials say based on the latest available data, the United States could be experiencing one of the most severe flu seasons in years, possibly similar to the severe 2014-2015 flu season.

“We are currently in the midst of a very active flu season with much of the nation experiencing widespread and intense activity,” CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald told reporters during a briefing.

Here are some things you can do to help protect yourself from the flu, according to this article by the Los Angeles Times.

  • Get vaccinated. Officials say this is the single best way to avoid the flu.
  • Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school and running errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs often are spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.


Get the latest information about the flu (such as key facts, when the season occurs in the U.S., how it spreads and who is most at risk) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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