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Healthy Heart: Features

Keys to living a healthier life

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Would you be willing to sleep in more to add another two years to your life? Maybe floss more often in exchange for another year of living? How about having sex more often to extend your life expectancy?

What to ask your doctor about heart disease

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During your next visit to the doctor, consider asking these questions to see if you could be at risk for heart disease.

How much exercise should adults get each day?

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We all know we need to exercise, but how much? Find out here.

How to cook smarter

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A healthy diet can help alleviate three major risk factors for heart disease. Find out what such a diet entails.

5 hidden health risks for women

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Despite increased attention to women's health issues, there are still many health risks that women need to know about that are not getting a whole lot of attention.

Various exercises can strengthen your heart

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Going to the gym can make your muscles bigger and stronger. But improving your heart may be the most important workout.

Exercises for kids

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Trying to find time to work out and spend time with your kids can be difficult. One way to keep you and your child healthy while spending quality time together is to exercise with your child.

Ways to lower your stress level

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From time to time we all get stressed out. Try using some of these ideas to help lower your stress level.

Tips for lowering your cholesterol

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Having a high cholesterol can put you at greater risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. If your cholesterol is high, consider using these suggestions to help you lower it.

Is sex safe after heart attack?

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Experts say that people can have sex after their heart attacks. In fact, the more you exercise -- including having sex -- the better your odds.

Healthy Heart: Extras

Foods your heart will thank you for eating

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It's no fun to cut out salty snacks and red meat, but tasty alternatives can help you stay proactive about heart health without eating boiled chicken and rice cakes.

What are unhealthiest fast-food items?

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It's no secret that fast-food items aren't always the healthiest option. But what items are the worst? Find out which fast-food items contain the most calories.

Be careful of your heart when shoveling

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When shoveling, use these tips to protect your heart and your health.

5 foods your heart will thank you for eating

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It's no fun to cut out salty snacks and red meat, but tasty alternatives can help you stay proactive about heart health without eating boiled chicken and rice cakes.

Mediterranean diet: A heart-healthy eating plan

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Find out how following a Mediterranean diet can benefit your health.

What are unhealthiest fast-food items?

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It's no secret that fast-food items aren't always the healthiest option. But what items are the worst? Find out which fast-food items contain the most calories.

Take care of your heart when shoveling

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When shoveling, use these tips to protect your heart and your health.

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69 News: Health Beat

Health Beat: From heart surgery to marathons

If running a marathon were easy, everyone would do it. The 26.2-mile race is tough for anyone.

Health Beat: Instalift ban gets lifted

Every year, more than 15 million cosmetic procedures are done in the United States, and people are always looking for the next best treatment. The latest is actually a new twist on an old controversial procedure that the FDA banned in 2009, but threading the face to give it an instant facelift is coming back in style. Here's why some doctors think, this time, the non-surgical, 30-minute procedure is the perfect alternative to surgery.

Health Beat: Live liver donation

Last year, 359 liver transplants were made possible by live liver donation. It's a number that has grown over the past three years, and experts say it may be evidence that more people are learning about what can be, for some, the only life-saving option.

Health Beat: Same-day hip surgery?

Some 332,000 Americans have hip replacement every year. For most, the surgery requires a hospital stay and weeks of rehabilitation. Now, a different approach to surgery is getting patients back on their feet and out of the hospital faster than ever before.

Health Beat: Tag team takes on tricky back trouble

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans have back surgery, and for a growing number of patients, the operations require fusing bone, or bone grafts, and a large amount of hardware. With complex spine surgery comes a higher risk of complications, but a new approach may be fixing backs and saving lives.

 
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Life Lessons: Man uses brain to retain paralyzed hand

Life Lessons Man uses brain to retain paralyzed hand

Six years ago, he was paralyzed in a diving accident. Today, he participates in clinical sessions during which he can grasp and swipe a credit card or play a guitar video game with his own fingers and hand. 

Lawmakers, health officials in Allentown to discuss opioids

Lawmakers health officials in Allentown to discuss opioids

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EMS crews receive thanks for life-saving work

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EMS workers in Berks County have gotten a big "thank you" for their life-saving work.

B. Braun to pay $7.8 million for selling contaminated needles

B Braun to pay 7 8 million for selling contaminated needles

A medical company headquartered in Bethlehem has agreed to pay $4.8 million in penalties and $3 million in restitution, after it sold contaminated equipment that caused people to get sick

Life Lessons: Wisdom Wednesday: Fear

Life Lessons Wisdom Wednesday Fear

What are you afraid of? In our personal and professional lives, fear sometimes holds us back. We look at the subject of fear and how we can overcome it by asking a number of Lehigh Valley women for their advice.