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Know these stroke facts

What do you think of when you think stroke?  Many responses likely include half your body is weak, can’t talk  or can’t walk. But often, people experience slight numbness, tingling, dizziness or blurred vision and believe it will go away. Therefore, they wait to be seen by a physician for hours and sometimes days. For every hour […]

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Small steps to decrease stroke risk

Written by: Nicki Gritt-Franzen, RN, Stroke Coordinator at Agnesian HealthCare Did you know that the risk factors for stroke include heredity, atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and smoking. While this list looks daunting, one small change a day can add up to significant changes in a week, month […]

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Test Your Fitness

When was the last time you tested your fitness?  Well here’s a couple of quick test for you to do.  No equipment needed.  They are easy to do, and the beauty of them is, if you keep working on them your scores will improve and so will your function! Lower body – wall squat – […]

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Why should we care about heart health?

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. This includes heart attack, stroke and peripheral artery disease. Most of the risk factors for heart disease are modifiable by preventive measures, and adjunctive drug therapies. These include: Diet Physical inactivity Obesity Smoking Hypertension (elevated blood pressure) Dyslipidemia (elevated lipids) Diabetes […]

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Jump Start Your 2016

It’s a new year and it can be a new you! Some people like to set resolutions or look for a fresh start when the New Year comes…others simply need a change or need to get back into the routine at the gym after the celebrations that this time of year brings (including the Pack’s latest […]

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Guest Blog: Irondad Triathlete – The RMC Triathlon Experience

Written by: Matt Kohl Back in the early spring of 2015, I received a personal email from the Race Director of the Ripon Medical Center (RMC) Triathlon. He informed me that as last year’s winner of the sprint event, I would be offered free entry into this year’s event. I was thrilled and honored by […]

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What is Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)?

A patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a hole in the heart that failed to close like it should have after birth. During development in the womb, the unborn baby has a small flap-like opening called the foramen ovale. Normally it closes during infancy when the baby is no longer dependent on the blood supply through […]

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Targeting High Blood Pressure with exercise

Exercise is a drug free approach to lowering blood pressure. Regular aerobic or dynamic (moving) exercise depend mainly on the energy derived from consuming oxygen or your increased oxygen consumption helps your heart/cardiovascular system become stronger and more efficient at pumping blood, thus lower/control blood pressure. Systolic blood pressure (the top number) will rise with […]

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Healthy lifestyle reminder with beads

Someone gave me the following idea from their church bulletin to remind them to be healthier in their choices. I loved the idea and modified it to what I think would be a great reminder for us all to have! All you need is some colored beads and string to make  a keychain, bracelet or […]

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Quick re-boot…

If you need a quick reboot to your life…here are five steps to start that change. Determine a schedule to move – three days a week to start for the first month. State using your name, Joe Fit will exercise three times a week. Committing out loud helps; saying it someone for accountability, even better! […]

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