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Bronson
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BATTLE CREEK
Dr. Simone Bruemmer, Bronson Family Medicine – Oakridge
Senior Times - April 2017
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HEART DISEASE IN WOMEN
Heart disease is something that affects both men and women, but did you know that it is the number one killer of women? According to the American Heart Association, it causes one in three deaths each year – this means that about one woman dies from heart disease every minute.
The more you know the more you can take care of yourself and beat the statistics. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or make healthier choices, we can help you get started and stay on track with your goals.
Here are three quick facts about heart disease in women.
1. What are the main causes? The causes can be different for everyone, but here are a few leading causes for women:
• Age – the older you get, the more your chances increase.
• Family history – if several people in your family have suffered from heart disease, you might be at higher risk.
• Weight – When your body is at an unhealthy weight, your heart has to work harder to pump blood to the rest of your body. The wear and tear on your heart overtime increases your chances for heart disease.
• Cholesterol – There is good and bad cholesterol, so it is good to keep each of these in balance.
2. What extra risk factors are there for women? Hormones can affect your
heart in any stage of life. This can hap- pen when a woman is pregnant, if she is going through menopause or if she is on birth control. The change in hor- mones can increase a woman’s chance of getting heart disease.
3. How do I lower my chances of get- ting heart disease?
• Diet – Eat heart-healthy foods, drink
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plenty of water and maintain an over- all healthy diet.
Don’t smoke – Smoking affects your heart and its ability to pump blood
to your body. When you smoke you damage your lungs and your heart. Family history – Know your family history and if you’re naturally at a higher risk.
Exercise – If exercise isn’t a regu-
lar part of your life, start off small. Gradually build up your workouts so that it is something you can maintain.
No matter where you are in life – if you’re looking to start a family, lose weight, quit smoking or simply lead a healthier lifestyle – your primary care provider can talk to you about your heart health, help you get started and stay on track.
Dr. Simone Bruemmer of Bronson Family Medicine – Oak Ridge is accepting new patients. In May, Dr. Bruemmer will be moving to Bronson’s new family medicine practice, Bronson Family Medicine – Helmer Rd. located at 2900 Watkins Dr. You can set up an appointment with her at either location by calling (269) 245-5430.
Fraudsters
By: Laura A. Sutter, Coordinator, Branch-St. Joseph Area Agency on Aging (IIIC)
Has this happened to you? It has to me!
You get a phone call from an excited caller saying you’ve won a trip, a car, or a lot of money. Next, they ask you to send money before you get the prize. That is a sure sign of a scam. HANG UP! Do not give any account information or personal information over the phone!
Recently, Ari Lazarus, a Consumer Education Specialist at the Federal Trade Commission, has issued a scam warning to address the rise in what they call prize scam calls across the country.
I’m an active member of the Branch County Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition and we’ve been talking a LOT about scams and fraudsters lately! These scams are hap- pening here and we are a committed group to prevent it!
In response, the Branch County Elder
Abuse Prevention Coalition is working in collaboration to present a FREE commu- nity event Wednesday, April 19, 1-3:30pm, in the CHC Conference Center, to address scams and fraud prevention! Space is Limited! CALL (517) 279-5591 to R.S.V.P and join us.
This free community event is spon- sored by the Branch County Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition.
Battle Creek’s assisted living choice for seniors, owned and operated by Cretsinger Care Homes, Ltd. Offering supported or full care for a fixed rate. Please contact Renee Kelly for information.
(269) 964-8292
Pennfield Premier Living
632 North Avenue Battle Creek MI 49017 www.CretsingerCareHomes.com
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