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New Blood Pressure Guidelines – What Does it Mean for Your Health?

“Your blood pressure is normal.” You may have heard your doctor or nurse say it. But what is normal? New blood pressure guidelines were recently released by an American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task force.  The goal was to update the prior guidelines released in 2003 by the Joint National Commission on Prevention, Detection,

Traveling Safely with Heart Disease

 Planning ahead can help keep your trip on track. Over the next few months, millions of people will be traveling to destinations near and far—either getting away from the cold weather or visiting family. “A common question I get from patients is whether it’s safe for them to travel with a heart condition,” says Eli Gelfand,

5 Tips for Leg Health

 When it comes to cardiovascular health, don’t overlook your legs. You probably wouldn’t ignore pain in your chest. But would you dismiss discomfort in your legs?  Many people don’t know that when it comes to the cardiovascular system, leg health is as important as heart health. “A blockage in the leg can be as dangerous

Get Your Questions Answered About Weight Loss

Weight Loss Surgery Information sessions will provide you with some highlights about BIDMC’s bariatric surgery program and reliable information on weight loss surgery. The session includes a comprehensive presentation on the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (LAP-BAND®), RNY Gastric Bypass, and Gastric Sleeve procedures by one of our bariatric surgeons. Watch the video below for more information.

No Time to Workout? Try This to Get Fit in 2018.

A long day at work. Early morning appointments. Plans with family. With so much to do, finding time to exercise is never easy. Putting aside an hour, even 30 minutes, a few times a week seems impossible. But recent trends, predicted by many to grow in 2018, may help you find an effective workout despite

Five Tips for Healthy Eating

We all know it so well. The resolution to get healthy, eat well and exercise at the start of a new year.   Most of us begin well. We pile our plates with healthy protein, fresh salads and fruit and cut out the sweet treats and cocktails.  However, around mid-February, when it’s freezing cold out, the

Treating TBM: BIDMC Surgeons Provide Rare Expertise for Chronic Lung Condition

If you’ve had a chest cold, you know how frustrating a bad cough can be – especially when it lingers for days or weeks.  Sometimes it can be hard to catch your breath or even carry on a conversation. But for Sandra Rocha, a chronic cough didn’t just last for days.  Her debilitating cough lasted

First Cold of the Season or Fall Allergies?

The leaves are changing, the weather has turned cool and just like clockwork you’re sneezing, sniffling and constantly feeling the need to blow your nose. So is it a cold or fall allergies? Graham Snyder, MD, in the Division of Infectious Disease at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has tips for telling the difference and

5 Tips for Protecting Your Lungs in the Cold Weather

The leaves are changing color, Halloween decorations are going up, sweater season is here (almost)… soon cold weather will be upon us. Doctors see more patients in the cold weather seasons for coughs and other respiratory issues than any other season.  There are several explanations for that. “Although physicians and researchers are still trying to

Talking About Women’s Intimate Health Can Improve Your Life

Karen Perry was caught off-guard when she started experiencing gynecologic issues that she thought only happened to “older” women.  Two years ago at 43 years old, Karen developed stress urinary incontinence and poor lubrication in the vaginal walls. Not feeling comfortable enough to discuss it with her primary care physician or OB/GYN, she kept it