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Thanksgiving spread with turkey and vegetables
Tips for a Heart Healthy Thanksgiving Posted by Brookhaven Heart

Thanksgiving is about enjoying time with our family and celebrating with traditional foods we know and love. Unfortunately, many of those foods are packed with fat, sodium, sugar and too many calories. Thanksgiving is the start of the holiday season and many people say the start of the holiday weight gain. Eating healthy starting with Thanksgiving will help you stay on track the rest of the season.  Make healthy substitutions for butter and cream To replace butter in recipes, choose

Woman gets flu shot from a gloved doctor while wearing a mask
Flu Shots and Heart Disease Posted by Brookhaven Heart

Vaccines are a modern miracle that have saved millions of lives. Thanks to modern science and research, we have vaccines for dozens of deadly illnesses, including mumps, measles, chicken pox and so many more. While we take most of our immunizations in childhood and get boosters in adulthood, there is one very important vaccine that we should get every year: the flu shot. Like all medications, the flu shot has potential side effects and there are certain populations that shouldn’t

Varicose Veins
What Are Varicose Veins? Posted by Joe Stewart

A varicose vein is a condition caused by thin or damaged vein walls and valves. They may form whenever blood pressure increases inside your veins. Many reasons these occur can be pregnancy, constipation, a tumor, or being overweight and obese. The most common signs of varicose veins are in the legs, but sometimes varicose veins form in other parts of the body. Different Types of Varicose Veins Another type of varicose vein are hemorrhoids that originate in the rectum. Varicoceles

Doctor Measuring Blood Pressure Of Patient
Heart Health Basics: Blood Pressure Posted by Brookhaven Heart

Blood pressure is talked about a lot in our everyday lives. A nurse measures it every time we visit our doctor. Drug stores have kiosks where you can measure your blood pressure while you wait for your prescriptions. We even talk about it metaphorically in conversations. We say that controversial news or a stressful day might “get your blood pressure up”. But many people don’t really understand blood pressure and what it means for your overall health. Here is some