Be still…. It’s good for your heart

By Shawna Cook / August 2, 2020

Ever take a moment to just sit.. no distractions.. and just feel the air moving in and out of your lungs. Not planning your next move, or re-playing movies in your mind of the conversations & events of the past. Not distracting yourself in any way.. just sit. Maybe its at your favorite park bench…

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The Positive Side of COVID-19

By Shawna Cook / April 5, 2020

Over the last number of weeks, our lives have had a very different focus. COVID-19 has sent shock waves through the world, our counties, our cities, towns, and into every one of our neighborhoods. It has changed our focus, our daily lives, and most importantly our understanding of our ability to impact each other. COVID-19…

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Dealing with Anxiety around COVID-19

By Shawna Cook / March 25, 2020

These are unprecedented times, and so it’s no wonder our anxiety levels are heightened. As we know the stress this anxiety causes is not good for us, or our hearts. Stress is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, so to protect our heart, we need to do what we can to reduce our anxiety surrounding…

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How does the Coronavirus impact those with Cardiovascular Disease?

By Shawna Cook / March 20, 2020

COVID-19 has the world watching very closely and leaving many with very real concerns. Having Cardiovascular Disease does not make you more likely to contract the virus, however it does put you at a greater risk for complications should you get it. Here are some of the reasons why those with CVD should exercise a…

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I am Sick! Should I Exercise? How about my Heart?

By Shawna Cook / January 15, 2020

So, I am currently on day 5 of my “Man Cold”. My symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough and congestion. These are pretty standard symptoms for a viral upper respiratory tract infection.  I must say, however, that this one has been a little tougher than most I have experienced. I am getting very tired of…

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TAVI…The (Less Invasive) New Kid on the Block

By Shawna Cook / January 10, 2020

If your Aortic Valve is no longer working the way it is supposed to, you may need to have it replaced. The Aortic Valve is the one-way valve between the Left Ventricle, which is the largest pumping chamber of the heart, and the Aorta, which is the “stump” of the vascular “tree” that delivers oxygen…

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Sternal Precautions following Open Heart Surgery

By Shawna Cook / March 26, 2019

Have you had open heart surgery? Here are some things you need to know as you begin your recovery process. Many of you will have been given information from the hospital or your doctor after you were discharged from hospital. Commonly this advice tells you not to lift anything more than 5 pounds, and restricts you…

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Strength Train For Your Heart Health

By Shawna Cook / February 26, 2019

Did you know that after the age of 40 you begin to lose 3%-8% of your muscle mass per decade, and after the age of 70 this muscle mass loss increases to 15% per decade? This loss of muscle mass is the fundamental cause of falls, and disability in older people. As we lose muscle mass we…

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Exercising With Heart Pain

By Shawna Cook / February 19, 2019

If there is plaque building up in the walls of the heart arteries (coronary arteries), they start to get narrow in that area. This means that the amount of blood trying to flow past that area is reduced compared an artery that is clean and clear. These coronary arteries are what deliver oxygen carrying blood to the…

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Heart Healthy Changes to Canada’s Food Guide

By Shawna Cook / January 30, 2019

Canada’s Food Guide has gone through an overhaul, and the result has some great new recommendations to help keep Canadian Hearts Healthy! What’s different: There has been a shift from the four food groups we are used to with recommended servings in each, to a more simple “pattern of eating” approach. The food guide recommends filling…

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