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COPD at Home: What You Can Do to Manage Your Symptoms

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 30, 2017 2:00:00 PM

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, produces a large amount of mucus in the respiratory system that can cause coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and extreme fatigue. It’s a progressive disease, which means that it gets worse over time.

You can manage the symptoms of COPD to slow its progression. This is called self-management: taking individual steps to reduce the impact of COPD on your overall health. Here’s a big list of ways to do it.

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Topics: COPD

5 Tips for Managing Diabetes Around the Holidays

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 16, 2017 12:00:00 PM

It can be hard to stick to your diabetes meal plan when everyone else is splurging on holiday treats. Rich, tempting foods are everywhere and holiday travels can disrupt your normal schedule.

Set yourself up for success by planning ahead. Here are 5 healthy tips for managing your diabetes this holiday season.

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4 Important Health Tips for Former Smokers

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 15, 2017 11:27:25 AM

Did you quit smoking? Congratulations! That’s a huge step toward better lifelong health. Quitting smoking can add up to 10 years to your lifespan and reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, and many other health issues.

Now it’s time to address ways you can continue on a healthier path, with the help of Johnson Memorial Health.

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Topics: Wellness

Be Proactive About Health Screenings

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 15, 2017 11:10:26 AM

For less than $100, you could learn crucial information about the status of your heart, colon, lungs, and other body systems. Johnson Memorial Health offers a wide variety of low-cost preventive screenings to help people be proactive about health.

Here’s some helpful information about how preventive screenings work, and who should receive them.

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Topics: Screening

How Does Hypertension Harm Your Health?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 30, 2017 2:44:32 PM

Hypertension, or enduring high blood pressure, is a condition that can quietly cause damage across the body. That’s why it’s crucial to have your blood pressure checked regularly: to catch high blood pressure before it does serious damage.

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Topics: Hypertension

Know the Causes and Signs of a Stroke

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Nearly everyone knows someone who has had a stroke. It's the fifth leading cause of death among Americans, and a stroke can happen to anyone at anytime. A stroke is a serious medical emergency. Acting fast can prevent more damage from occurring. Stokes can be treated and prevented.  Up to 80% of strokes can be prevented! Knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke increase your chances of getting immediate medical help which helps minimize damage and other potential complications. 

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Topics: Stroke

Six Ways to Reduce Your Risk of a Stroke

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 24, 2017 7:56:00 AM

The evening news shares lots of great information about preventing cancer and heart disease.

Yet, the third leading cause of death does not get as much attention - until it strikes and devastates the patient and families.

Besides taking 130,000 lives each year, stroke also is the leading cause of disabilities (short and long-term) in the United States. More than 795,000 Americans suffer from strokes each year - with more than 75 percent occurring in people older than age 65.

Stroke survivors often require extensive care, rehabilitation and adaptation to physical and mental challenges.

Understanding the risks is the first step helping prevent strokes. High blood pressure, for example, is a precursor to strokes and is often hereditary. About two-thirds of people over age 65 suffer from hypertension (blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg or higher).

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Common COPD Triggers and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 23, 2017 3:51:37 PM

Living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) means looking out for triggers that make it worse. A trigger is anything in your environment that makes you cough, wheeze, sneeze, feel short of breath, or fatigue easily. Here’s a list of common triggers - some of which may surprise you.

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Topics: COPD

How Does Diabetes Affect Your Mood?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 15, 2017 8:13:32 PM

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and about 1.5 million new cases are diagnosed every year. Diabetes basically means having too much glucose in the blood. Glucose fuels your brain and muscles, but an excess of it can lead to serious health problems.

Diabetes not only affects your body, it also affects your mind and mood. Here’s why, and what you can to do maintain positive mental health with diabetes.

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Am I Too Young to Have Arthritis?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 9, 2017 10:49:18 AM

Younger people with joint pain, swelling, or stiffness often dismiss arthritis as a cause. After all, arthritis is for old people, right?

Not at all. About 7% of doctor-diagnosed arthritis cases are in people 18 to 44. There’s even a juvenile form that occurs in children less than 16 years old. 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some form of it.

Only a doctor can tell you for sure whether you have arthritis, but here are some things to keep in mind.

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Topics: Primary Care