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What is a cath lab?

“Dr. Diaz or Dr. Santa-Cruz, what is a cath lab?” A cath lab is a procedure room within the hospital where specialized X-ray equipment and treatment rooms are used to visualize the coronary arteries and the pumping chambers of the heart.

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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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Cell phones and brain tumors: are they related?

Over the years, there have been conflicting studies on whether or not cell phones cause brain tumors.  New research once again finds that long-term cell phone use is associated with increased risk for some types of brain tumors. The latest study published in Pathophysiology on October 28 revealed that brain tumor risk increases with the […]

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How Much Sleep Is Enough?

Do you wake up each morning on your own without an alarm clock feeling refreshed, alert and ready for the day ahead? Or do you drag yourself out of bed, grumbling to yourself until you get your first cup of coffee? Most Americans, unfortunately, fall into the latter category. And the situation is getting worse. […]

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Social Skills: Listening to a friend

<a href=”http://ingoodhealthfdl.agnesian.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/youtube-logo31.png”><img alt=”youtube-logo31″ src=”http://ingoodhealthfdl.agnesian.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/youtube-logo31.png” width=”154″ height=”154″ /></a>The Social Skills Video project is a collaborative community project in which Agnesian’s Autism, Behavior and Communication Center and local schools have been working together to create social skills videos for use by our community.

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What is heart disease: An interview with Dr. Schmidt

Please share your first name, last name and position at Agnesian. Heather Schmidt, DO  Medical Director of Health and Wellness and Family Medicine physician Can you provide a simple definition of heart disease? Is this an umbrella term for a range of conditions? It is difficult to give a simple definition, but according to www.familydoctor.org, […]

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Healing Thoughts: February 2015

Through Agnesian HealthCare’s Bereavement Services, support is available during this grieving process to individuals and their families following the death of a loved one. All services are offered at no charge and are available to any individual or group who has experienced the death of a family member or friend. Check out this month’s Healing […]

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