Are You One of the 4 Million People at Risk for Leaky Heart Valves?

(BPT) – Did you know nearly one in 10 people aged 75 or older[i] suffers from a leaky mitral valve, or mitral regurgitation? And most don’t know it, attributing symptoms of fatigue or shortness of breath to just old age. In 2009, Kato Pomer was an active 92-year-old woman, still practicing child psychiatry, painting, gardening, […]

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Diabetes impacts younger people more often: Are you at risk?

(BPT) – Every 17 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. What’s even more surprising is diabetes is growing fastest among younger people, outpacing the rate of heart disease, substance abuse and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A new study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) shows that the impact of […]

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Pancreatic cancer: Know your family, know your risk

(BPT) – Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly cancers, with a mere 29 percent one-year survival rate. In 2016, pancreatic cancer became the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States, surpassing breast cancer. The time frame between diagnosis and death is often short. Only 7 percent of people diagnosed with […]

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Obstructive sleep apnea and respiratory compromise: Know your risk

(BPT) – Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) — a potentially serious sleep disorder that can stop a person’s breathing during sleep — affects 25 million adults in the U.S. Individuals living with OSA may know they are at risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, diabetes or headaches. What they may not know is that […]

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For Patient Safety Awareness Week, know if you’re at risk for respiratory compromise

(BPT) – For 15 years, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has led Patient Safety Awareness Week. NPSF is a nonprofit organization whose vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. Held annually in March, Patient Safety Awareness Week is a time dedicated to help […]

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Are you at risk for kidney disease?

(BPT) – Edward Beans could be described as a man with great purpose who makes the most out of all life has to offer. He is a husband, father, business owner and a basketball coach. And, as of five years ago, he is a dialysis patient. Beans found out he had kidney disease while at […]

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People with kidney disease at higher risk for heart disease: Take charge and reduce risks through good nutrition and self-care

(BPT) – Heart disease is a big problem in the United States, especially for the more than 20 million Americans living with kidney disease. That’s because kidney disease causes a variety of health problems that make it harder for the heart to pump blood effectively. But if you’ve got kidney disease, take heart – there […]

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Over 50? You’re at Increased Risk for Shingles

Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. (BPT) – A few years ago, a Harris Interactive-sponsored poll* found that Americans consider 50 to be the ‘perfect age’ to live forever in good health. For many, the half­-century mark can be a time when experience and opportunity balance perfectly – as told by […]

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Are you at risk for thrombosis? 5 things you should know

Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. (BPT) – What do Serena Williams, Chris Bosh, Regis Philbin and hundreds of thousands of other Americans have in common? They all suffered blood clots — a common medical condition known as thrombosis. Thrombosis is responsible for one in four deaths worldwide, but the good […]

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Have COPD? Are you at increased risk for respiratory compromise?

(BPT) – Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States. What many people don’t know is that COPD is a risk factor for a potentially deadly condition called respiratory compromise which can occur during hospitalization. While relatively unknown, respiratory compromise can cause a patient’s breathing to deteriorate, leading […]

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