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What are the signs of congestive heart failure?

Published: March 28, 2011 @ 11 p.m.

CARRIE SKOGSBERG: The American Heart Association joins the world in mourning the loss of film legend Elizabeth Taylor, who died from congestive heart failure on Wednesday, March 23, at age 79. More than 5 million Americans are living with heart failure today and it was a contributing cause of 282,754 deaths in the US in 2006 (latest statistics available). Learn what are the signs, causes and symptoms of congestive heart failure.

Serena Williams pulmonary embolism provides health lessons

Published: March 24, 2011 @ 11 p.m.

Tennis player Serena Williams had a health scare by having a pulmonary embolism as a result of a deep vein thrombosis and still hopes that she can return to the court in the future. A deep vein thrombosis can affect anyone regardless of physical fitness level and can lead to a pulmonary embolism. Prairie Cardiovascular physician Raghu Kolluri, M.D., R.V.T., provides the answers on what is deep vein thrombosis, its symptoms and how it can be treated.  

Linda Castor: Difficult people need not be impossible to deal with

Published: March 23, 2011 @ 11:45 p.m.

Once in awhile, we encounter people with maddening personalities. These people can trigger us like no other.

You can try to hide it, but your stress affects your kids

Published: March 22, 2011 @ 11 p.m.

ANN RAYNOLDS: Stress is hurting families and negatively impacting the physical and emotional health of children, according to the American Psychological Association's 2010 Stress in America survey. Here's what you can do to help children and adolescents dealing with stress. How does a parent's stress impact their child? Typically, children will want to "fix" their parents' stress. The child will start to feel burdened, which leads to their own stress. Physically and emotionally, the stress will begin to impact a child socially as well as at school and at home.  

How to travel and stay fit

Published: March 21, 2011 @ 11 p.m.

MOLLY SUHADOLNIK: Traveling can be a bit of a setback on your health and fitness. You don't have access to your normal food, your normal gym, workout partner, and surroundings. With the proper planning, you can travel and keep on track to meeting your health and fitness goals.  

Get fit for 40: Good fats vs. bad fats

Published: March 20, 2011 @ 11 p.m.

TODD SMITH: There are good fats and bad fats - and what we don't know about dietary fat could kill us. Those were the facts I learned during my last session of the "Eat Well-Be Well" class I'm taking at the Center for Living at the Prairie Heart Institute.  

Naturally colorful fruits and vegetables have healthy benefits

Published: March 19, 2011 @ 11 p.m.

GAYLE JENNINGS: It is time to liven up the color palette of our food choices naturally and gain health benefits. March is National Nutrition Month. The American Dietetic Association is promoting the month with the theme "Eat Right with Color." Red indicates produce that may help maintain a healthy heart, vision, immunity and may reduce cancer risks.  

The dangers of childhood obesity

Published: March 18, 2011 @ 11 p.m.

Kemia Sarraf, M.D., M.P.H., president and founder of the genH Coalition -- an organization that works to improve children's health -- answers questions on the issue of childhood obesity.  

Simple steps help prevent urinary tract infections

Published: March 17, 2011 @ 11 p.m.

BENJAMIN MONTGOMERY, M.D.: The urinary tract is made up of the urethra, bladder, ureters and kidneys. Urinary tract infections are most commonly caused by bacteria that enter the urethra from the anal area and begin to multiply. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract, which includes the urethra and bladder.  

Healthy Irish recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Published: March 15, 2011 @ 11 p.m.

It might seem tough to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in a healthy manner, but Hope Danielson, health and wellness advisor with County Market, provides some recipes that can you provide some luck of the Irish when it comes to your health. Nothing says happy St. Patrick's Day like a hot cup of Irish coffee. Most Irish coffees are full of fat and extra sugar so here's a slimmed down version:  

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