Under pressure?

Under pressure?

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High blood pressure can cause serious health issues, including heart attack, heart failure, stroke and kidney disease. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Home blood pressure monitoring can improve control of high blood pressure and reduce health care costs. That’s the conclusion of a…

Is daily aspirin worth it?

Is daily aspirin worth it?

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Preventive aspirin may not be advised. Talk with your doctor about your use of aspirin. (For Spectrum Health Beat) There’s disappointing news for seniors: A new trial shows that taking daily low-dose aspirin doesn’t prolong healthy, independent living in otherwise healthy people…

The starting line for fitness

The starting line for fitness

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Walking is a perfect path to fitness—it doesn’t require any special skills or expensive equipment—just a good pair of shoes. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Being physically active is one of the most important steps people of all ages can take to improve…

Maybe later…

Maybe later…

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The inclination to delay things rather than get right to work on them may be hardwired into some people’s brains. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Is it time to let procrastinators off the hook? The inclination to delay things rather than get right…

Boots shopping 101

Boots shopping 101

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Your choice of boots will play a big role in how your feet fare this winter. (For Spectrum Health Beat) It’s that time of year again—time to start thinking about what boots you’ll wear when you’re trudging through snow, slopping through slush and…

Die-hard sports fans put hearts at risk

Die-hard sports fans put hearts at risk

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Bad pass? Simmer down. Emotional stress can trigger a cardiovascular, game-day disaster. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Tailgate parties are kicking off the National Football League’s regular season, and if the brats and burgers, cheese dips and chili bowls aren’t enough to give…

4 habits for better food choices

4 habits for better food choices

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Don’t reward yourself with food—weaken the connection by giving yourself non-food rewards whether you’re celebrating a promotion at work or another 5 pounds lost. (For Spectrum Health Beat) The choices you make every day, both big and small, influence your weight and…