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    What is good health?

    What, really, does it mean to be in good health? Is it the absence of disease? Or is it where your mind, body, and spirit are all functioning well? In this episode, Dr. Stephen Kopecky, M.D., Preventative Cardiologist at @MayoClinic, talks through the true meaning of good health and healthiness…
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    Are fad diets healthy? Do they work?

    We’ve all heard of the infamous fad diet, and it’s possible you’ve been on at least one of them. But do they really work, and are they truly healthy for you? In this episode, Dr. Stephen Kopecky, M.D., Preventative Cardiologist at @MayoClinic, breaks down what fad diets are and how…
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    One simple way to see if you’re at risk for heart disease

    Is there an easy way to see if you’re at increased risk for heart disease? It may have a lot to do with a little something called lipoprotein (a). In this episode, Dr. Stephen Kopecky, M.D., Preventative Cardiologist at @MayoClinic, gives us the scoop on lipoprotein (a) and how it…
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    Is caffeine heart-healthy?

    We’ve all had caffeine before; some of us have it every day. But what does that morning cup of coffee or tea do to us, really? In this episode, Dr. Stephen Kopecky, M.D., Preventative Cardiologist at @MayoClinic, provides insight on how caffeine affects our bodies, including: *Caffeine is a stimulant…
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    9 Things you can do to reduce or prevent cancer risk

    Cancer is a scary and serious diagnosis. As a two-time cancer survivor himself, Dr. Stephen Kopecky, M.D., Preventative Cardiologist at @MayoClinic, shares his story about beating cancer twice, as well as what you can do to prevent – or at least reduce your risk – of developing cancer. This includes:…
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    What is heart failure?

    The heart is one of the most important organs in our body; without its constant beat, we wouldn’t be able to live. With that being said, we need to do everything we can to avoid heart failure by taking steps to improve our heart health now. Join Stephen Kopecky, M.D.,…
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    Crispy, Healthy and Delectably Easy Crabcakes

    Mayo Clinic recipes and strategies for healthier living. Join Jennifer A. Welper, Wellness Executive Chef, as she creates a healthy yet delicious take on the classic crabcake. Shopping List: Crabmeat, Egg Beaters or egg whites, Lemon juice, Fresh dill, Old Bay seasoning, Panko or whole-wheat breadcrumbs Check For: Reduced-fat mayonnaise,…
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    How does high blood pressure affect your heart and overall health?

    If your blood pressure is just a little too high, how bad is it for you, really? Well, a couple of points above a healthy blood pressure can add up quickly over time. In this episode, Dr. Stephen Kopecky, M.D., Preventative Cardiologist at @MayoClinic, outlines how this affects your heart…
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    Delicious pesto-stuffed mushrooms recipe

    The perfect appetizer! Mayo Clinic recipes and strategies for healthier living. Join Jennifer A. Welper, Wellness Executive Chef, as she creates the perfect bite-sized diet-friendly appetizer sure to be the hit of your next potluck or get-together. Shopping List: Panko, Fresh parsley, Cremini mushrooms, Fresh basil, Fresh Parmesan cheese, Pumpkin…
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    Is it better to be fit but fat or out of shape but lean?

    It’s the age-old question: which is more important, being at a healthy weight or being in shape? Join Stephen Kopecky, M.D., Preventative Cardiologist at @MayoClinic, as he goes over a few reasons and tips on why it’s more important to be physically active than to be at a healthy weight,…
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    3 Fall Prevention Tips Every Person Should Know

    As we age, fall prevention is one of the most important things we can do to stay healthy. There are many ways you can reduce your chances of falling, but we recommend these top three tips in your everyday life: Remove home hazards such as rugs, boxes, and cords from…
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    Easy black bean and corn salsa recipe

    Mayo Clinic recipes and strategies for healthier living. Join Jennifer A. Welper, Wellness Executive Chef, as she creates a juicy, flavorful, vegetable-and-protein-packed black bean and corn salsa perfect for a snack or as an addition to your favorite Mexican dish. Shopping List: Roma tomatoes, red onion, bell pepper, fresh cilantro,…
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    Is it worth living to be 100 if you spend the last 20 in a nursing home?

    Some people live to be over 100 years old, but lack a quality of life in their last twenty to thirty years. They have a long “age span” but not a long “health span”. What is the secret to living healthy, active, and vital until the last days of your…
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    Easy Swedish meatball recipe the whole family will love!

    Join Jennifer A. Welper, Mayo Clinic Wellness Executive Chef, as she creates a diet-friendly take on some mouthwatering Swedish meatballs with quinoa. Quinoa is used in this recipe to reduce the amount of ground beef per meatball and offer a healthier way to enjoy this classic dish. We recommend serving…
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    Why you are so stressed and how to reduce it

    Stress will ALWAYS be a reality in our lives, so what can we do about it? Dr. Stephen Kopecky, M.D., Preventative Cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, explains the origins of stress in our brains and offers excellent insight on managing or eliminating it to live a healthier life. Relevant reading…
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    Healthy and Delicious Spiced Carrot Cake Recipe

    Mayo Clinic recipes and strategies for healthier living. Join Jennifer A. Welper, Wellness Executive Chef, as she creates a crowd-pleasing spiced carrot cake dessert that is wonderfully tasty, healthy, and easy to make. Shopping List: Fat-free plain Greek yogurt, Carrots Check For: Sugar, Canola oil, Eggs, All-purpose flour, Baking powder,…
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    What Causes Ringing in the Ears?

    Tinnitus is when you experience ringing or other noises in one or both of your ears. The noise you hear when you have tinnitus isn’t caused by an external sound, and other people usually can’t hear it. Tinnitus is a common problem. It affects about 15% to 20% of people…
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    The Easy & Healthy Recipe for a Southwest Taco Bowl

    Mayo Clinic recipes and strategies for healthier living. Join Jennifer A. Welper, Wellness Executive Chef, as she creates an easy and deliciously healthy Southwest taco salad chock full of vegetables, lean ground turkey, and flavorful spices to create a mouthwatering yet simple meal perfect for the whole family. Shopping List:…
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    What’s causing you to feel unsteady or off-balance?

    Balance problems can make you feel dizzy, as if the room is spinning, unsteady, or lightheaded. These feelings can happen whether you’re lying down, sitting, or standing. Many body systems — including your muscles, bones, joints, eyes, the balance organ in the inner ear, nerves, heart and blood vessels —…
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    Five things you didn’t know that will save your life

    What are the most important things you can do for your health that could someday save your life? Join Stephen Kopecky, M.D., Preventative Cardiologist at @MayoClinic, as he goes over five important ways you can improve your health in ways that could potentially save your life one day. These methods…
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    What’s your most important morning ritual?

    How do Mayo Clinic experts start their day? Discover their secrets for energy-building routines that carry them long past morning.
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    Habits: why are they so hard to change?

    Habits. We all have them, good and bad. And as you likely know, they’re hard to change! Ever wonder why? *Why do our brains create habits? *Can habits be healthy? *Can you break a bad habit? Join Stephen Kopecky, M.D., Preventive Cardiologist at @MayoClinic, as he delves into why we…
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    Proper screening is still the best way to prevent colorectal cancer

    Jessica Saenz
    Colorectal cancer, also known as bowel cancer, is not unique in the way it forms or spreads. And as the fourth most common type of cancer in the U.S., it isn’t rare. But among cancer types, colorectal cancer is unique in one important way: With regular screening, it can usually…
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    Can you reverse coronary artery disease?

    Coronary artery disease is a common health issue among aging people, but did you know that it is, to an extent, reversible? Using methods like: *Not smoking *Controlling cholesterol *Losing weight *Exercising *Controlling blood pressure *Controlling diabetes *Following a healthy diet *Managing stress…
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    How do you eat healthy at a restaurant?

    Eating healthy at a restaurant can be difficult. The USDA states that only 1 out of 500 meals eaten at a restaurant can be classified as healthy! To determine this, they take into account each dish’s amount of: * Calories * Fat * Sugar * Salt So how do you…
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    Dig into the benefits of gardening

    Growing your own food in a garden isn’t a new idea. It was a critical way for ancient people to have access to reliable, nutritious foods. Today there are still many benefits of gardening. The necessity of vegetable gardens has varied through time. Gardening has gained popularity recently, even with…
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    What is the one thing you can do to improve your health?

    Is there any one single thing you can do that will improve your overall health? * Can a specific supplement make me healthy? * Will one single exercise reverse the aging process? * Is there one superfood that will balance a sedentary lifestyle? Join Stephen Kopecky,…
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    For this Mayo Clinic expert, pancreatic cancer is personal

    Dr. Mark Truty encourages people to ask a lot of questions after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Watch for the personal reasons he promotes hope when he meets people with a recent diagnosis.
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    What is the one key to a successful diet?

    What’s the key to a successful diet? A little perseverance can go a long way. A diet is like a marriage: * Find one you love: you know you can stick with it for the rest of your life. * It’s healthy and stable: your diet is…
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    Small steps and changes to live a healthier life

    What are some small steps and small changes you can do to live a healthier life? It’s the little things that add up. Both in a good way and in a bad way. Try to do more of the little steps that are good, and less of the little…
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    Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Understanding heart testing and evaluation

    We all associate the heart with life, and it can be stressful to think there might be a problem with your heart. Heart tests — such as an EKG, an echocardiogram, a coronary angiogram and a stress test — are important ways to evaluate the health of your heart if…
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    Can you “catch up” on your sleep debt?

    Is it possible to “catch up” on sleep you’ve lost? Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Join Stephen Kopecky, M.D., Preventative Cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, as he busts myths surrounding sleep debt and provides information surrounding the importance of sleep. Relevant reading Live Younger Longer Shop…
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    Mayo Clinic Minute: What’s the best sleeping position?

    Most people spend a third of their lives either asleep or resting, according to the Sleep Foundation. During sleep, the body recharges and repairs itself. And a good night’s sleep often can be determined by what position you are lying in bed. Back-sleepers beware. “I know many people find it to…
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    Mayo Clinic Q&A: Don’t ignore the warning signs of stroke

    A stroke is a medical emergency, and prompt treatment is crucial. Taking fast action can reduce brain damage and other complications. When a stroke occurs, blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted. Strokes can happen at any age. It’s vital to know the risk factors and to recognize…
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    How do I reverse aging?

    While there isn’t a way to reverse the aging process, we CAN tell you about ways to slow aging and live a healthier life. Join Stephen Kopecky, M.D., Preventative Cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, as he provides tips to achieve a healthier and longer life. Relevant reading Live Younger…
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    Are you getting too much protein?

    Judging by all the protein bars, shakes and powders out there, you could be led to believe that you need a protein supplement. These products claim to curb appetite, help with weight loss and build muscle. But what’s the real story? Contrary to all the hype that everyone needs more…
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    Mayo Clinic Q&A: Immunotherapy for multiple myeloma

    Immunotherapy uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer, and it’s now a standard treatment option for people with multiple myeloma. Multiple myeloma is a cancer that forms in the type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. In this Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Yi Lin, a Mayo…
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    Lasting physical side effects of cancer

    Cancer and cancer treatments can change how you look and feel about your body. Active treatment is a physically intense journey that can alter your body permanently. You may have scars, changes to your hair and skin, or even lose a body part. Your weight and strength can fluctuate substantially.
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    How much stuff is too much stuff?

    Everyone likes to acquire and hold on to things for a variety of reasons. This item is unique. It reminds me of an important event in my life. It’s a great deal. I could have a use for it one day. Most people have a balance among what they obtain,…
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    Think you’ve tried every migraine medication? Think again.

    Migraine is an all-too-common and potentially disabling disorder. Migraine attacks can cause severe throbbing head pain or pulsing sensations, as well as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Some treatments stop symptoms of a migraine attack (acute, or as-needed treatment) and other long-term treatments decrease the frequency and…
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    Why some patients need a second heart surgery

    People who’ve had an aortic dissection, which is emergency, lifesaving surgery, may need additional surgeries later to repair the aorta. Also, people who’ve had heart valve surgery and received replacement tissue valves will need the valves replaced after 10 years. In addition, adults with congenital heart disease often have surgery…
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    Good bacteria for your gut

    Amanda Gingrasso, D.N.P.,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    The lining of your digestive tract — like every surface of your body — is covered in microorganisms, mostly bacteria. This microecosystem, called a microbiome, plays a large role in your health. Your mood and behavior also may be impacted by the microorganisms living in your microbiome. You may be…
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    Olfactory retraining after COVID-19

    The loss or change in a person’s sense of taste and smell is something that can happen to people who have had COVID-19.  It’s a common symptom with other viruses, including influenza, but it’s happening at a much larger magnitude due to the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic. Current estimates indicate that…
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    Not all low back pain is the same

    Kendall Snyder, M.D.,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Your back is made up of 30 bones stacked in a column surrounded by muscles and ligaments. It allows you to stand, walk, bend, sit and twist. It connects other parts of your skeleton and supports your spinal cord and nerve roots. Nearly every movement you make involves your back…
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    Recognizing and responding to delirium

    Heidi Lindroth, Ph.D.,
    Margaret Paulson, D.O.,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Delirium is a type of confusion that occurs suddenly and without warning. When people have delirium, they may have trouble focusing or paying attention. They also may feel groggy and drowsy, or act or say things out of character. Delirium can be a warning signal that someone is not feeling…