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How to lower your risk for stroke: Exercise regularly; Maintain a healthy weight; Quit smoking; Lower your blood pressure; Lower your cholesterol; Drink only in moderation

Strokes can happen to her, too

Arie Malone knew something was wrong when she tried to stand. “I woke up that morning and needed to go to the bathroom,’’ the 80-year-old Lakeland resident said. “But I couldn’t get off the bed...
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New heart gives her more time to love

Tonya Cajuste still laughs about the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Even though she ate it on the morning she almost died. Cajuste and her husband, JC, were getting ready for church one...
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Too young for a stroke? Risk rising among younger adults

His younger patients follow a pattern. They arrive in the emergency room with double vision, or terrible headaches. They’re scared. And they tend to have one other common bond, said Dr. Erfan...
Bystanders who perform CPR more than double chances of survival

Ready to learn more about CPR? #SouthernHearts had a Twitter...

Every year in the U.S., somewhere between 325,000 and 600,000 hearts stop beating. But if someone witnesses this event and starts CPR, they can double or even triple the chances of survival....
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Even for older adults with heart disease, exercise helps

Ann Scott Knight, 82, has every intention of dancing at her grandson’s wedding next spring. You would never guess that Knight suffered a heart attack when she was 69. Knight credits her three-...
Energy drinks

Energy drinks increase heart risks, cardiologist says

Dr. Fadi Matar has a swift recommendation for how many energy drinks you should drink: “Zero,” he said. “None. Stop drinking them.” Matar, medical director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at...
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Questions about stroke? Check out #StrokeTalk

Earlier this week, @TGHCares joined @American_Stroke, @HeartTampaBay and other national experts for a tweet chat moderated by @NINDSnews (the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)...
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When stress is a real heartache

Feeling a little wrung out lately? You’re not alone. Two-thirds of Americans on both sides of the political fence say they are stressed about the future of the country. And that’s just the...
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Why women need to know about heart disease

At 50, Susan Hopkins thought she had little reason to worry about her heart.  She was fit, didn’t smoke, had good cholesterol numbers and kept physically active. One Saturday on a beautiful...
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Lower your blood pressure, boost your health

Danette Williams doesn’t view her near-death experience as a bad thing. Instead, the Inverness mother of five, who suffered from high blood pressure that went untreated, calls it a “stroke of luck...
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For these women, a higher risk of heart disease

Early menopause did not catch Patricia Kelly by surprise. She knew it was coming. At age 44, the Tampa judge had a hysterectomy, as well as removal of her ovaries. At the time, her biggest concern...
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Keeping the beat: Treating Atrial Fibrillation

Diane Lawson was reading a book when her heart began to race. Lawson, a retired nurse who lives near Sarasota, immediately suspected what was wrong, and tests soon confirmed it. Lawson had atrial...
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Helping your heart stay healthy starts young

Tampa resident Amanda Maddocks belongs to a local food co-op and the South Tampa YMCA to make sure her two kids are learning healthy habits. “We’re not perfect. We occasionally get the fast food...
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Too much of the Kardashians may be hazardous to your health

It’s enough to make you think twice about your weekend plans to watch every episode of House of Cards. As it turns out, binge-watching TV may be bad for your health – and we’re not even counting...
Bob Icenogle

New Implant Creates a Wall Inside Heart to Lower Stroke Risk

Bob Icenogle gets up at 4:30 am every morning. He’s usually at his favorite breakfast joint by 5:30 and then heads over to his business, Dollar a Day Storage in Ruskin. Bob Icenogle with his dog...
Frank Foster

Unstoppable…Until He Sprang a Leak

Frank Foster fought in the Korean War. At age 80, he still climbs ladders and paints. He works part-time as a handyman just to keep busy. He golfs with a passion and won’t hesitate to tell you that...
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Five Secrets to Becoming Younger at Heart

Earlier this month, federal health officials released gloomy news: most Americans’ hearts are “older” than they are. Three out of 4 Americans have risk factors for heart attack and stroke that...
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