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Do You Have One of The 5 Most Common Types of Arthritis?

Posted by North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group on Thu, Jan 18, 2018

As you get older, you may start to “feel it.” Your knees start to get a little creaky, or your shoulder hurts every time you reach up to get a cup from the upper cabinet. You think it may be arthritis, but you’re not sure what type of arthritis it is.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is an informal way of referring to more than 100 types of joint diseases that affect 53 million adults and 300,000 children in the United States. A joint is an area of the body where two bones come together. Arthritis is an inflammation of the joint.

There are many different types of arthritis, but here is a list of the most common types, how they develop, and what you can do for pain relief.

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Topics: types of arthritis

What Cold Weather Can Do To Your Heart

Posted by North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group on Tue, Jan 16, 2018

Cold weather can be hard on your heart. It’s not just the lower temperatures that’s the issue, it’s also the piles of snow that come with it. Our bodies have ways to adapt to all kinds of weather, but you may be surprised to hear what cold weather can do to your heart.

One of the reasons this is so concerning is because of how prevalent heart disease still is in the United States. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more than 800,000 people each year. That’s about one out of every three deaths. It also is a major cause of disability.

So if you or someone you know are already dealing with some of the underlying effects of heart disease, adding the strain of cold weather could create a dangerous situation. But if you understand the risk and know how to decrease it, you’ll be better off. So, here’s what cold weather can do to your heart.

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Topics: cold weather

The Best Flu Medicine For Kids May Not Come In a Bottle

Posted by North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group on Thu, Jan 11, 2018

It’s a situation every parent dreads. Your little one is sick. He has the flu. All of the symptoms are there: Fever, aches, stuffy nose, fatigue, and sudden onset. You’re considering giving him something to make him feel better, but the best flu medicine for kids may not come in pill or liquid form.

Your (and your kids’) best defense against influenza is always a flu shot. The vaccine is safe for anyone 6 months and older. You can also teach them the importance of washing their hands frequently. It’s a good way to keep from picking up and spreading the flu virus, especially during flu season.

But if you could not prevent the flu from invading your home, you need a plan to get your child back on the road to recovery. So, here’s what many experts consider to be the best flu medicine for kids.

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Topics: flu medicine for kids

7 Heart Healthy Chili Recipes That Will Warm You Up

Posted by North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group on Tue, Jan 09, 2018

It’s hard not to think about comfort foods in the middle of winter—especially chili. A good bowl of chili can hit the spot after a day of sled riding or shoveling snow. But it’s usually high in fat and calories, and healthy chili recipes may not sound appealing to you.

According to Fatsecret, there can be as many as 247 calories, 9 grams of fat, and 22 grams of carbohydrates in a one-cup serving of homemade chili. Top it off with some sour cream and cheddar cheese, and your calorie count climbs even higher. That’s why you may want to think twice the next time you get out mom’s old chili recipe.

The good news is you can give up the fat and cholesterol without giving up the great taste of chili that you love. It’s already got some goodness in it. Things like vegetables and beans. So, we put together a list of healthy chili recipes you can try without the guilt.

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Topics: healthy chili recipes

5 Tips for Starting the New Year with a Juice Cleanse

Posted by North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group on Thu, Jan 04, 2018

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when we say we’re going to commit to exercising and losing weight. A not-so-traditional way to rid your body of toxins, and shed a few pounds, is a juice cleanse.

A cleanse program is a pretty simple concept. You drink five or six juices per day, for X amount of days, to rid your body of toxins and trigger weight loss. Most people will start start with a three day juice cleanse to see what’s it’s like.

Increasing the fruits and vegetables in your diet can help you break unhealthy habits and improve your diet. But there isn’t much research on juicing, so you may be unsure if it’s the right thing to do. A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology concluded that juicing may make it easier to to ingest too many calories, but did not rule out a juice cleanse altogether.

So, before you start weighing the pros and cons of juicing, here are five tips for you to consider if you’re planning to start the new year with a juice cleanse.

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Topics: juice cleanse

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