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I've never considered myself a quitter ... until now!

Posted by Heart Niagara on

by Chris Smoking had me hooked almost from the first cigarette. That was at age 15. At the time, I didn't even consider what the health risks were, I was cool, and that's all that mattered or so I thought. But as the years went on I suddenly realized I was not only risking my health and perhaps of the health of the people around me. I was spending huge amounts of money on something that indeed could kill me. Cancer is in my family, having lost both parents to forms of cancer, it was always in the back of...

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Heart Health Heroes

Posted by Heart Niagara on

Childhood obesity continues to reach epidemic proportions worldwide. Most kids continue to be very active regardless of their size and let the adults learn from their example. The jury is still out on exactly why the obesity crisis continues even though there are ample research and health promotion initiatives to warn against it. Research in the Healthy Heart Schools’ Program shows that the obesity problem is present in Niagara as much as it is anywhere else. A total of 20,719 students were enrolled and screened for cardiovascular risk factors from 2002-2008. The proportion of obese children significantly increased from 11%...

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Heart Attack vs. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)

Posted by Heart Niagara on

There is a difference, however, many residents of Niagara, who take part in Heart Niagara training sessions, are under the impression that these two medical afflictions are identical. Let’s try to determine the basis for these misconceptions, and get to the truth of the matter. When someone is experiencing a heart attack our instructors relate it to a “plumbing” problem, where we find an occlusion of rich-oxygenated blood to a certain portion of the victim’s heart. If this artery isn’t reopened quickly, the portion of the heart once nourished by oxygen carried in the blood stream begins to die. Let’s...

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