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Can’t Hit the Gym? Hit your Desk!

November 16, 2017

DESKERCISE BLOG 11.16.17By Steve Milano

Adding short exercises to your daily routine – even if only for 5 or 10 minutes – can help maintain and improve your health. Even if you can’t make it to the gym, there are mini exercises that you can do right at your desk to keep you in shape. Continue reading “Can’t Hit the Gym? Hit your Desk!” »

Healthy Living: Herbs

November 9, 2017

HERBS BLOG POST 11.9.17We often think of herbs as the leafy greens that we put on our food to add a little bit of culinary flair. But did you know that adding herbs to your diet can result in tremendous health benefits? Keep reading to learn more about how to incorporate some of our favorite herbs into your diet.

Basil – There are more than 60 varieties of basil that are used as seasoning for many types of food. Basil is most commonly used to make pesto, but it also tastes great in other pasta sauces, or on salads and sandwiches. Basil provides nutrients essential for cardiovascular health, such as vitamin A, through its concentration of carotenoids like beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps prevent cholesterol build-up in the blood vessel walls, which can initiate the development of atherosclerosis.

Thyme – Thyme is an excellent source of vitamins C and A, iron, manganese, copper, and dietary fiber.

Thymol—This herb has well documented health benefits including a variety of flavonoids, which increases its antioxidant capacity.

Rosemary – There are many foods that pair well with rosemary such as vegetables, potatoes, white beans, chicken, lamb, and fish. Rosemary contains substances that are useful for stimulating the immune system, increasing circulation, and improving digestion. It also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that may make it useful for reducing the severity of asthma attacks.

Oregano – This herb goes well in Mediterranean dishes, salad dressings, marinara sauce, pizza and soup. Oregano is a strong source of vitamin K, manganese, iron, dietary fiber, and calcium.

Thoughtful Tuesday

November 7, 2017

 

TMP_8507“I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.” – Louise Hay

A positive outlook can make all the difference in your mental and physical health. Decide today to embrace your life with a positive mindset!

Thoughtful Tuesday

October 24, 2017

THOUGHTFUL TUESDAY 10.24.17“Inner peace is the new success.”

Meditation not only helps reduce stress, but also lowers your risk of heart disease. Dr. DeNeen believes in the importance of daily meditation: “My day is not the same without taking a few minutes for myself in the morning,” she says.

Passionate Team of Experts Save Patient During Hurricane Irma

October 19, 2017

PCMC CATH LAB STAFF BLOG 10.19.17Billy Fowler woke up from a late nap feeling pressure on his chest and pain in his arms. He told his wife he didn’t feel well. “She told me to take a few aspirins,” Billy recalls, “But this didn’t help.”

A little while later, Billy looked over at his wife and told her, “You need to take me to the hospital.” Continue reading “Passionate Team of Experts Save Patient During Hurricane Irma” »

The Role of Nutrition in Breast Cancer Prevention

October 13, 2017

BREAST CANCER BLOG 10.12.17By Lauren Dimitrov, RDN, MPH, LDN

Everywhere you look this month you will see the color pink in representation of Breast Cancer Awareness month. There are certain risk factors associated with breast cancer that you cannot change, including age, genetics, race, ethnicity, and family history. However, recent studies have shown that other risk factors such as diet and exercise may help in the prevention of breast cancer. Continue reading “The Role of Nutrition in Breast Cancer Prevention” »

How Cigarette Smoking Impacts your Cardiovascular Health

October 5, 2017

BLOG POST 10.5.17We all know that smoking causes devastating effects to your health. However, nearly 40 million people in the United States still smoke on a regular basis. Even smoking just a few cigarettes a day can have a tremendous impact on your body – specifically, your cardiovascular system. Continue reading “How Cigarette Smoking Impacts your Cardiovascular Health” »

Thoughtful Tuesday

October 3, 2017

THOUGHTFUL TUESDAY 10.3.17“People should pursue what they’re passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.” – Elon Musk

Our Certified Medical Assistants thrive on providing compassionate patient care every day. When our patients are healthy and happy, so are our CMA’s!

Cholesterol Education

September 28, 2017

CHOLESTEROL EDUCATION 9.28.17By Lauren Dimitrov, RDN, MPH, LDN

Did you know that September is National Cholesterol Education Month? It’s important to maintain your cholesterol levels because high cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease and heart attack. Thankfully, with the help of your physician or registered dietitian, your diet and other lifestyle changes can help you reach and maintain your cholesterol goals.

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance found in your body and in many foods. Your body needs some cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help you digest foods. Our body naturally produces plenty of cholesterol, but many foods also contain it.

There are two kinds of cholesterol that travel through your bloodstream: LDL and HDL. LDL is known as “bad” cholesterol because too much can lead to a buildup of cholesterol in your arteries. HDL is known as “good” cholesterol because it works in unison with your liver to remove excess cholesterol from your body.

There are several lifestyle choices you can make to maintain healthy cholesterol levels:

Eat heart healthy foods

  • Incorporate healthy fats, leaner meats, low-fat dairy, and monounsaturated fats – found in olive and canola oils – into your diet.
  • Eliminate trans-fats, which increase LDL and lower HDL, from your diet. Trans-fats are common in processed foods and labeled as “partially-hydrogenated oils.” Look for this term on the ingredient’s list of products.
  • Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, mackerel, walnuts, almonds, and flaxseed as these decrease triglycerides and reduce blood pressure.
  • Increase the amount of high fiber foods in your diet, such as oats, fruits, and vegetables, which helps lower LDL levels.

Exercise and be physically active most days of the week

  • Exercise improves cholesterol by raising your HDL levels. Exercising for just 10 minutes several times per day can help improve your cholesterol levels and maintain a healthy weight.
  • If you smoke – quit! Within just 20 minutes of quitting, your blood pressure and heart rate decrease. Within one year, your risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker.

Sometimes healthy lifestyle changes aren’t enough to lower cholesterol levels. If your doctor recommends medication to lower your cholesterol, take it as prescribed, but continue with your lifestyle changes. Everything you do to improve your health matters!

Thoughtful Tuesday

September 26, 2017

THOUGHTFUL TUESDAY CATH LAB“I have learned that champions aren’t just born; champions can be made when they embrace and commit to life-changing positive habits.” –Lewis Howes

Our cath lab staff are champions when it comes to meeting the highest industry standards. Thanks to their commitment to excellence, our AC Skinner and Palatka cath labs recently received reaccreditation for three years, which is the maximum reaccreditation period offered through the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare.

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