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Exercising from Home

Time management can be tough no matter what stage of life you are in. You might be working part time while attending school or working full time and trying to manage a family. In any situation, trying to fit in a daily workout routine can be even more challenging than the workout itself! However, there are still ways to get your daily fix of activity while being in the comfort of your own home.

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For many women, heart health is not usually a primary area of concern. Although protected by their body’s female hormone, estrogen, that protective effect diminishes after menopause with likelihood of heart disease increasing and matching men’s rates. Women are less likely to recognize symptoms, understand the risks or attempt to prevent the onset of heart disease. Excela Health non-invasive cardiologist Maliha Zahid, MD, PhD, FACC looks to help women understand these risks and is passionate about being able to not only intervene with heart conditions but being able to prevent them as well.

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Many patients are not aware of the problems that accompany lymphedema or how common the condition truly is. Lymphedema is most often found in those who have undergone cancer treatment, for example, surgery and radiation treatment for breast cancer. To better explain the condition, Excela Health’s certified lymphedema therapist, Andrea Shafran PT, MPT, WCS, CLT-LANA, speaks on symptoms, causes and treatment.

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So You're Coping with Tragedy

When faced with moments of tragedy and crisis, it is easy to find ourselves overwhelmed with an abundance of stressors. These stressors can include concern for ourselves and concern for others and loved ones. Feelings of shock, vulnerability and anxiety are just a few of the ways we feel during difficult moments in our lives. However, Excela Health bereavement counselor Maureen Ceidro, MA, explains the effects of tragedy and better ways to cope with compassion fatigue when trying to care for ourselves and others.

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No one enjoys having roadmaps of veins creeping up the leg or under the hem of their shorts, but is it truly dangerous to leave varicose veins untreated?  Swollen or enlarged veins that typically appear on the legs and feet are called varicose veins.  They range in color from a bluish tinge to a deep purple and can sometimes be lumpy or bulging out of the leg.  Excela Health Vascular Surgeon and Director of the Excela Health Vein Center, Elizabeth Detschelt, MD, FACS states, “Although varicose veins may not be ideal, they aren’t always dangerous to a person’s health.  However, there are certain situations where varicose veins can lead to a decreased quality of life – pain, achiness in the legs, disrupted sleep – and a visit to the Vein Center may be able to help with this.”

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