HDL: Can You Have Too Much of a Good Thing?

In the beginning, there was cholesterol. And it was all bad. Then research suggested that there were two types of cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). LDL was dubbed “bad” cholesterol; having high LDL levels is predictive of higher risk of cardiovascular disease. HDL, on the other hand, was called the “good” cholesterol,…

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Flu Vaccines: Just the FAQs

The weather is getting brisker. The leaves are starting to turn. We know what that means: it’s time to get a flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of people get the flu each year. Of those millions, hundreds of thousands will require hospitalization, and tens of thousands will…

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Research Pinpoints Benefits of Whole Grains

Whole grains are good for us. They reduce the risk of heart disease, among other chronic diseases. They are even known to reduce the risk of mortality from all causes. But why? What is it about whole grains that make them so healthy? A new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition answers…

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Have Osteoarthritis? You’re Probably Treating It Wrong.

What do you do for osteoarthritis (OA) in your hip or knee? If your first answer is take a pain killer, you’re not alone. But the American College of Rheumatology does not agree. What are their strongest recommendations? Taking part in land-or water-based exercises and losing weight, if required. Both those measures reduce the risk…

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Congratulations to Atlantic Coast for a Significant Achievement!

We are so very proud to announce that Atlantic Coast Rehabilitation and Healthcare has achieved a coveted award designation recently from one of the most premier and prestigious independent Healthcare organizations and resources!     Here is an excerpt from their press release coverage: Atlantic Coast won the Innovator of the Year category for its use…

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A Heart Attack Glossary

If you or a loved one has had a heart attack, you may find yourself in a situation where different terms and acronyms are thrown around without ever being fully explained. A diagnosis of heart attack is distressing enough; there is no need to add confusion to the anxiety you may already feel. Here is…

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Just the FAQs: Medicare Open Enrollment

What is the Medicare Open Enrollment Period? The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is a ten-week period during which a Medicare beneficiary can change their coverage. This is the only time, other than when you originally qualify for Medicare, that you can choose a plan. When is the Medicare Open Enrollment Period? This year’s Medicare Open…

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Am I Eligible for Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary program designed to help people who have heart disease. You may benefit from cardiac rehab if you have or have had a heart condition, including but not limited to: a heart attack coronary artery disease (CAD) angina congestive heart failure or a heart procedure, such as: insertion of one or…

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Machine Learning Sheds Light on Dementia Risk Factors

Machine learning, a hot field in computer programming, uses artificial intelligence to “teach” computers how to analyze data on its own — without additional human programming. It is currently being used in every field, from cybersecurity to the development of self-driving cars. So it should come as no surprise that machine learning is also being…

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ASCOT Study Shows “Remarkable” Treatments for Heart Disease

The ascot is important. No, not the silk necktie, and not even the famous British horserace that is best known for its fancy ladies in gaudy hats. It’s ASCOT, The Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial study, which has been running since 1988. Its mission is to find the best long-term interventions for cardiovascular disease. Its newest…

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