U-Del Wheelchair Racing Trainer Project Rolls On

Posted by Jeff Meade on Feb 21, 2017 11:38:38 AM

Back in early December 2016, a team of students from the University of Delaware visited MossRehab to test out a portable wheelchair racer trainer. The lightweight trainer is designed to be portable, and is ultimately destined to provide a training aid for Ghana's first paralympic wheelchair racing club, the Go Get Dem team.

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5 Things Every Woman Should Do To Take Care of Her Heart

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 21, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Many women are unaware that heart disease is the greatest threat to their health. Yet, heart disease takes more women’s lives annually than every form of cancer combined.

Women’s symptoms of heart disease can be more subtle than men’s, and their response to them is often delayed. Women may feel tired or easily fatigued, but they often make excuses to themselves about what is happening and dismiss the signs.

There are anatomical distinctions as well. Women tend to develop diffuse plaque that usually builds up evenly in their arteries, which are smaller than a man’s. This is significant because it makes it harder for doctors to see a blockage in a woman’s arteries.

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Topics: Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Care

Heart-Healthy and Diabetes-Friendly: Glazed Pork Roast

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 20, 2017 12:22:51 PM

Marinate the pork loin the night before and you can have this satisfying Glazed Pork Roast ready in about an hour. While the roast is in the oven, sauté some spinach for a quick, healthy side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp tamari
  • 1 Tbsp teriyaki sauce (gluten free if needed)
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 lb center-cut pork loin
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
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Considering Botox? Here’s How (and When) to Start Doing It Right

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 15, 2017 12:52:02 PM

Once the buzziest of B-words with “real” housewives and celebrities, Botox is now becoming a regular part of beauty routines for women of all ages. In fact, according to a report from the American Academy of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 64 percent of doctors reported an increase in patients ages 30 and under requesting cosmetic or injectable treatments.

“It’s important to start a relationship with a surgeon early,” says Daniel Westawski, M.D., who specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Einstein Healthcare Network. “It [Botox] can be a tremendous transformation if you chose to do it in one step and make you look like a totally different person.”

Instead, Westawski advises patients to take “a more European approach” to maintaining youthful skin by scheduling treatments a little at a time. The result, he says, is a more subtle look that cues people to say ‘oh you look great’ versus ‘what have you had done?’

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Topics: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Try this Tasty, Heart-Healthy Tortellini with Vegetables Recipe

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 15, 2017 12:42:56 PM

Here’s a quick dinner for any night of the week—cheese tortellini in a creamy sauce plus your favorite veggies. This tortellini and vegetables recipe will become a favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1 can (14 oz) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 4 cups chopped fresh or frozen vegetables, such as peas, carrots and broccoli
  • 1 package (16 oz) frozen cheese tortellini
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Valentine's Day Recipes to Take to Heart

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 13, 2017 11:08:35 AM

Valentine's Day means romance, but romance often translates into large, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. We like chocolate as much as anybody else does, but when you think about it, your gift from the heart goes right to the hips.

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Do You Know the Signs of a Heart Attack?

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 13, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Would you know if you were having a heart attack? Many symptoms mimic a heart attack such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), chest muscle pain or anxiety. It can be difficult to know when your symptoms are heart related. Knowing the symptoms of a heart attack can help you decide what to do.

In a study of more than 2,000 heart attack patients, those who recognized heart attack symptoms early and received medical attention within 90 minutes did far better than those who waited for treatment.

No two heart attacks are alike. Heart attacks may cause sudden, intense pain or pressure in the center of the chest. They may also come on more slowly with little or no pain, but cause vague symptoms such as weakness or indigestion. These are the symptoms that people may ignore. Additionally, a woman’s symptoms may differ from a man’s, advises the American Heart Association (AHA).

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Topics: Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Care

A Healthy, Hearty Meal for a Cold Wintry Night: Russian Meat Balls with Gravy

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 9, 2017 2:10:45 PM

A delicious hearty meal for a cold night, these Russian Meat Balls with Gravy are light and satisfying at the same time. 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice, rinsed
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 tsp plus 1/2 tsp salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste mixed with 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
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Can Strengthening Your Muscles Also Strengthen Your Heart?

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 8, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Lifting weights does more than build strong bones. Strength training can also contribute to heart health by building lean muscle mass, which helps to burn extra calories, keep blood sugar in check and improve cholesterol levels.

Strength training, especially for older adults, can also make it easier to perform everyday activities such as lifting a bag of groceries. Resistance exercises are also important for bone health and can help prevent osteoporosis.

Many fitness centers offer low impact strength-training classes. But if you cannot get to a gym and feel uncomfortable working with weights at home, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests trying some of the following activities for strength training:

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Topics: Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Care

The Salty Six: The Hidden Sodium in the Foods We Love

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 6, 2017 10:42:22 AM

February is American Heart Month. One way to help take the strain off our hearts—specifically, our blood pressure—is to reduce the amount of sodium in our diets. We do need some sodium to regulate blood pressure, but too much is unhealthy.

Unfortunately, we tend to ingest a lot of sodium through the foods we eat.

Courtesy of the American Heart Association, here are six popular foods that are loaded with sodium.

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Topics: Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Care

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