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HeartFailureCenter's Sheryl McCormick shares some interesting facts and ideas relating to heart failure.

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Antioxidants

July 11th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

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Broccoli, Blueberries, Green Tea. What do these three foods have in common? Antioxidants. Antioxidants are any substance that helps relieve the body's cells of oxygen damage (free radicals) and keep them healthy.

Very simply, your cells are exposed to free radicals on a daily basis. Free radicals come in many forms from different substances such as air pollution and smoke to foods high in fat.

While antioxidants won't clean the body completely of free radicals, they will aid the body in replacing damaged or dead cells with new cells.

These antioxidants are very easy to prepare and easy to integrate into your diet.

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Bed Ridden?

July 8th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

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For those of you who might be bed ridden or who are not able to enjoy the outdoors, we here at Heart Failure Center.com would like to remind you that you can still help yourself by doing plenty of reading and research on Heart Failure.

If you don't have the energy to sit at the computer for hours just remember that a lot of libraries offer homebound programs for the sick or elderly. They may deliver books to your door or set-up a "books by mail" program for you. This service is usually free of charge and is very easy to access. Simply call your local library and they will assist you through the simple process.

The more that you know about Heart Failure, the more equipped you will be to handle the diet, exercise, and medical procedures involved. Knowledge will help you make the right decisions for you.

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Red, Red Wine

June 18th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

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Red, Red Wine. Not only is it delicious and perfect with some foods, it has also been proven that a glass of red wine per day, helps your blood flow. Most red table wines contain a trace amount of sugar and zero fat grams. There are many red wines on the market ranging from sweet to very dry. Drink what suits your own taste.
The Heart Failure Center.com would like to remind you not to over indulge, but a glass of red wine with your meal, or after dinner is heart healthy.

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Sodium

June 12th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

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While diet should be considered important for everyone, Heart Failure patients need to pay strict attention to what they are eating, specifically their sodium intake.

When reading about Heart Failure, the term "low sodium intake" always pops up. While many people believe that means not picking up the salt shaker, they are unaware how much sodium is already in the foods they buy; not to mention the sodium in fast food. By simply taking the time to read the Nutrition Facts on food labels and choosing foods with lower sodium, people can drastically cut their sodium intake.

The Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for most Heart failure patients is less than 2,000 milligrams per day. Each patient should consult their physician for dietary guidelines.

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Stroke Awareness Month - Part 2

May 27th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

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HeartFailureCenter.com would like to remind you that May is National Stroke Awareness month and would like to make you aware of the signs and symptoms of a stroke.

* Tingling or numbness in arm, leg, or face on one side of the body

* Blurred vision or sudden loss of vision

* Sudden, severe headache

* Confusion or trouble communicating

* Extreme dizziness or loss of balance

Take proper precautions to help prevent stroke, but if you experience any of the above symptoms contact your physician immediately.

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Stroke Awareness Month

May 21st, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

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May is National Stroke Awareness month and the Heartfailurecenter.com would like to strongly urge you and your loved ones to take precautions to help prevent a stroke.

* Exercise for at least 30 minutes, 3 times a week

* Omit fatty foods and foods high in sodium from your diet

* Monitor your blood pressure

* Don't smoke

* Limit alcohol consumption

* Get plenty of sleep

Practicing these habits will benefit you and your family in the long run.

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Fish

May 14th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

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Fish comes in so many varieties and can be prepared in many ways. The Heart Failure Center.com is reminding you to take the time to go to the seafood counter in your grocery and ask for fish that is in season right now. Depending on where you live you will be able to enjoy fresh or saltwater fish year round.

Contrary to popular belief, new studies show that cholesterol levels are very low in most seafood products. Fish is definitely high in good cholesterol and nutrients. Whether you are cooking at home or dining out you can't go wrong with baked, broiled, or grilled fish!

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Fruits

April 17th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

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Apples, bananas, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, tomatoes, and watermelons are just a few of the fruits that are in season right now. They have so many possibilities.

You can eat them raw, mixed together in various combinations for fruit salads, or even put them in the blender for a fruit-based milkshake.

The best part about fruits is that they are healthy, sweet, easy to eat and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

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Easter Eggs and Heart Health

April 7th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

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Easter is right around the corner (Sunday April 8th), and we here at Heart Failure Center.com would like to remind you of the nutritional value of boiled eggs. They are colorful and bright, but they are not just for decoration. They will be everywhere, so take advantage and add a few to your diet.

A large boiled egg has 79 calories, 5.6 fat grams, 274 milligrams of cholesterol, and 69 milligrams of sodium.

If you will forego the yolk you will only be eating16 calories, a trace of fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, and 50 milligrams of sodium. Add them to salads or eat them by themselves with a touch of salt-free seasoning. They are tasty and good for you!

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Spring is Here

April 7th, 2007 by Sheryl McCormick

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Now that Spring is here, and we have gained an extra hour of daylight, we here at the Heart Failure Center.com would like to issue a friendly reminder that now is a great time to exercise. We are urging you to take advantage of the extra hour of daylight and go for a walk, bike ride, or swim.

Consider a membership to a local gym. If your weather is still too chilly to go outside, a gym membership is almost as good. Most gyms have cardio machines (for walking), weights (for building strength and endurance), and swimming pools (for an all around good workout).

Just remember to drink plenty of water and eat healthy

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