Health & Wellness

What is a Pacemaker?

A pacemaker is a small medical device which gets placed into the chest or abdomen of people with abnormal heart rhythms. The pacemaker uses electrical pulses to help control the heart rate, allowing the heart to beat with more regularly and pump blood throughout the body. Pacemakers are generally placed under the skin in the chest, just under the collarbone, and are hooked up to the heart with tiny wires. Pacemakers run on batteries and are designed to work only when needed (heartbeat is too slow, too fast or irregular). Each battery should last five to eight years or longer. READ MORE

An Overview of Heart Disease, Modern Society’s Most Common Killer

Heart disease is the most prevalent cause of early death in most developed countries. It can be caused by genetic factors, a poor lifestyle, a simple consequence of aging, or a combination of all three. Medical advances over recent years have dramatically improved the survival rates for sufferers of chronic heart disease, but prevention and early diagnosis are both still vital components in the fight against the condition.READ MORE

What Exactly is Posttraumatic Growth?

You may be fairly familiar with the term or diagnosis Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). The National Institute of Mental Health describes this as a recurring flight or fight response stemming from an earlier scary, traumatic, dangerous, or shocking event. It has become a pretty common term in our culture recently and affects about 7.7 million Americans each year. READ MORE

Hearing loss: Get the facts!

Have you ever considered how important your sense of hearing is to your daily life and wellbeing? If you have great hearing you may never give it a second thought. But for the 20% of Americans that suffer from some level of hearing loss, day-to-day interactions and activities can be frustrating and downright impossible if not diagnosed and treated effectively.READ MORE

Are You at Risk of Diabetes?

For many people, discovering they’re at risk for developing diabetes is a life-changing event. This includes altering their lifestyle or diet, keeping a much closer eye on their health, and looking out for certain risks associated with type 2 diabetes (T2D) such as foot and eye problems. But too many people associate T2D with just obesity or lack of exercise and may be unaware that there is also a genetic component tied to the disease.READ MORE