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As the No. 1 killer of women, heart disease has personally touched the lives of many people. As chair of the upcoming 2014 Go Red for Women luncheon, Penny Pennington, a principal at Edward Jones, realized how much it had affected her own family: Her grandmother died at age 55 of a heart attack, along with other family members who have been affected. “As I learned more about heart disease in women, I found out that it is likely that I will have a personal experience with heart disease either myself or through someone close to me. The statistics are much higher for women and heart disease than any other killer, including cancer: About three times more women have heart disease.”
Among the controllable risk factors for heart disease, cholesterol is a primary indicator of cardiovascular health. For many adults, elevated LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is one of the first wake-up calls that lifestyle modification and/or medication is needed to help keep cardiovascular risk in check.
You don’t need to be told once again how dangerous smoking is. Yet, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that approximately one in five (American) adults smokes, and that half of them who continue to smoke will die from smoking-related causes.
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Exercise is not just about losing weight, and it’s not just about looking good. For women, exercise is a key ingredient of strong bones, flexible joints, resilient muscles, improved mood, stress relief and reduced risk of many major diseases.
We can’t control our age or genetics, but women can do plenty to control their risk of cardiovascular disease, and that’s important considering that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for men and women alike. A heart-healthy diet is among the most influential factors in reducing risk.
The National Institutes of Health estimates that about 12 percent of the American population suffer from migraine headaches, which are marked by throbbing or pulsing pain, often on one side of the head, sensitivity to light and sound, and possible nausea. And if you’re female, you’re two to three times more likely to experience a migraine.
In today’s technology-driven society, a virtually endless amount of medical information is constantly at our fingertips. And yet, many women lack knowledge about their everyday and long-term health needs, explains Dr. Amy Loden, an internal medicine physician with Washington University Physicians. “For example, women have a higher risk of dying from heart disease than any other female cancers combined.”
A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that people who eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables per day live longer than those who don‘t. Dr. John Morley, a SLUCare geriatrician, is not surprised, and says the study only adds to the increasing amount of data supporting the value of fresh, whole foods as the basis of a healthy diet.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are largely considered a ‘female problem,’ but men also develop UTIs and the unpleasant symptoms that accompany them.
Fish oil capsules are among the most popular supplements sold, but recent studies have questioned the benefits and even proposed possible risks related to fish oil supplementation.
It's been another busy month with several local golfers achieving success in various tournaments. Let's get right to it.
If you were among the record 7.24 million viewers who tuned in to last weekend’s Tony Awards, you know that Kinky Boots was one of the evening’s biggest winners, giving Webster University alum JERRY MITCHELL his second Tony (the first was for his choreography work in La Cage Aux Folles in 2005). Bravo!
On Saturday morning, June 15, Susie Knopf will join tens of thousands of friends, family, survivors and community members in downtown St. Louis for the 15th annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure. A long-term breast cancer survivor, Knopf will be walking in a sea of pink to raise funds and bring attention to the quest to cure breast cancer, the No. 2 killer of women after heart disease. “We are all one for those few hours and each shares a passion to end this dreaded disease,” she says. “Although we have come a long way, breast cancer is still a killer and 40,000 people in the U.S. will die of the disease this year.”
Dr. Rajiv Patel is an enthusiast. Yet, though he enjoys a nice glass of red wine, Patel is careful to emphasize that any advice he has to offer is based solely on the data.
Grand Center Inc. will be presenting its annual Visionary Awards to six area women on May 13 at The Sheldon. Ranging from theater to music and every art form in-between, these women are making a difference in the St. Louis artistic community—and they don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
For such a little gland, it can cause some big problems. The thyroid is a small gland in the neck that secretes hormones needed to regulate metabolism. Everything from body temperature to weight to energy are metabolically modulated, so an imbalance in thyroid function can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms.
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Are you ready? Spring is here, and we’ll soon be revealing more skin as we switch to lighter clothing and spend more time lounging by the pool. If you have problem areas that could use a little improvement, you’re in luck. A panel of local experts offers advice from head to toe to help you welcome warm weather by looking your best.
Back for its third year, Junior League of St. Louis’ annual Kitchen Tour is going to be bigger and better than ever, if event co-chair Ann Beck has anything to say about it. Along with Julie Kearbey and their committee, she is working to build on the successes of years past. “It’s one of the League’s largest fundraisers, and it has a lot of public support,” she says.
Most women juggle busy schedules filled with demanding careers, motherhood and managing a household, often leaving their own health issues on the back burner. Amid these hectic lifestyles, doctors say the lesser-known symptoms of a heart attack can go untreated. “We commonly have women come to the emergency room who are stunned to learn they are having a heart attack,” says Dr. Linda Stronach, an interventional cardiologist at Missouri Baptist Medical Center (MoBap).
Prostate disease is one of the most common health concerns for men age 50 and older. While cancer is most concerning, other types of prostate trouble often develop with age.
A house cannot stand without a firm foundation. Similarly, we cannot stand—at least not straight and tall—without a strong musculoskeletal system. Our bones are the infrastructure that supports our body, and it’s important to keep that infrastructure strong.