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Lower Your Risk of a Heart Attack


What is EHAC and why do I need to know about it? EHAC is Early Heart Attack Care and it exists to educate the public about symptoms and early detection of heart attacks.  Heart disease is the cause of 1 in 4 deaths but only 27% of people surveyed say that they are aware of all heart attack symptoms. Roughly 800,000 people die from heart attacks each year. These deaths could be reduced by 50% if symptoms of a heart attack are recognized and then treated before the heart is damaged. What are symptoms…

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Don’t Let Healthy Heart Valves Bypass You


With February being National Heart Month, it is important to know your heart. The heart has four valves: the mitral, tricuspid, aortic and pulmonary valves. How do the heart valves work? The mitral and tricuspid valves control blood flow from the atria (the heart's two upper chambers) to the ventricles (the heart's two lower chambers). The aortic and pulmonary valves control blood flow out of the ventricles into the pulmonary and aorta arteries. Types of Heart Valve Problems Heart valves…

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Do I Have A Sleeping Disorder?


Our hectic lives can leave us short on sleep.  But is our lack of good sleep due to our busy schedule or something more?     My sleep is irregular throughout the night and when I wake I feel tired.  What is wrong? Irregular sleep and daytime sleepiness are common signs of insomnia.  Insomnia is when your body is not getting the amount of sleep that it needs and when you wake the next day your energy level is low and you feel tired.  Simple changes could help with…

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Cover your Cough


Students miss an average of 4.5 days a year to the common cold and adults working with those students miss an average of 5.3 days a year. About 80% of infectious diseases are spread by touch. Why should I cover my mouth when coughing? It is very common for colds and other infections to be spread from one person to another by the germs expelled when a sick person coughs or sneezes. The common cold and flu are spread when you sneeze and cough or when you touch your face and then touch other objects.…

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Kick off the New Year with a Cancer Screening.


What is a cancer screening? Some types of cancer can be found before they cause symptoms. Checking for cancer (or for conditions that may lead to cancer) in people who have no symptoms is called screening. Screenings can help doctors find and treat some types of cancer early. Generally, cancer treatment is more effective when the disease is found early. Not all types of cancers have effective screening tests. January is Cervical Health Awareness Month.  Is there a screening for cervical cancer?…

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Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. It is estimated that 2.2 million Americans have glaucoma and only around half are aware of it and are being treated for it. Ten percent of people with glaucoma who receive treatment unfortunately may still end up blind. What is glaucoma? Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that ultimately ends in optic nerve damage that can cause loss of vision. Intraocular pressure (the pressure inside your eye) usually causes this damage. The pressure…

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It’s a New Year, it’s a New Body


Each year we slip on our jeans that we fit into three years ago and as always, the button doesn’t clasp.  Our jeans don’t fit, our shirts are too tight and our bodies are slower than ever.  What happened to us?  I have tried every diet available, but I’m still not losing weight.  What should I do? You don’t need a crash diet to lose weight and in reality, you shouldn’t.  Our bodies are made to have food.  When we deprive our bodies of the…

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Healthy Eating During the Holidays


Holidays are a great opportunity to have family gatherings, and spend time with your loved ones. At the center of all the festivities are usually delicious meals, often prepared with traditional family recipes. This makes it even more difficult for the most of us to stick to a healthy diet. Although the holiday season may only last for one week a year, over eating may cause you to commit the remainder of the year to burning off pounds. These guidelines can help you limit tempting, high calorie foods,…

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Single Site Gallbladder Removal


Since 2006, Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital has been a leader in robotic surgery. Our highly skilled surgeons perform minimally-invasive surgeries, such as gallbladder removals, with a single-site surgery using the da Vinci Surgery Robot. What is a Single Site Gallbladder Removal? The gallbladder is an organ that one can live without and is commonly removed through a laparoscopic technique. With the new da Vinci Surgery Robot surgeons at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital are able…

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Alzheimer's disease is the most famous face of dementia; there is much more behind the disease than just memory loss. There are many disease syndromes, other than Alzheimer's, that may cause dementia. Dementia typically affects a minimum of two brain functions that may cause loss of memory or impaired judgment. What are some of the warning signs of dementia? One common sign of dementia that most people already know about is memory loss. Some additional signs of dementia may include changes…

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