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February is American Heart Month.

The time of year when we’re all reminded to take better care of our hearts.

 

The Top 5 Foods to Eat for Heart Health

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease kills 610,000 people per year in the United States, making it responsible for about a quarter of all deaths. While genetic factors can play a role in the development of heart disease, lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise habits can significantly alter your risk of developing the condition. Following a nutritious diet can increase your heart health and improve certain risk factors that harm your health. Here are the five best foods you can eat to lower your risk of heart disease. Read the full article

 

Service Spotlight

Making just a few decisions during your life can have a big impact on your family’s future. Decisions like naming someone to handle your legal and financial affairs, leaving the things you care about to the people and institutions you love, and describing your final arrangements.

Today, making or changing these decisions is so expensive and complicated that most of us unknowingly leave an expensive mess behind for our families at the worst possible time.

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MAKE MY WILL WITH WILLING.COM

We invite you to check out Willing.com. Their mission is to make quality estate planning easy and affordable.  They even provide a service to help you make your legal will in just 10 minutes.  It's simple, free, and valid in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.  

 

Science Care Donors Helping to Heal the Earth

Science Care is pleased to announce that our 2016 Memory In Nature™ program will support replanting in Etoniah Creek State Forest in North Central Florida through our partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation's reforestation program. Through the Memory in Nature Program, trees are planted in national forests throughout the country in honor of each donor who passes through our program, helping to preserve public land and provide food and habitat for wildlife. We at Science Care are proud to be able to help the earth and humanity heal through life-affirming action. The Memory In Nature program is just a small way that we can honor the gift of body donation and leave the world a better place for future generations.

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Reforestation of degraded sandhill sites on the Etoniah Creek State Forest is critical and has been an ongoing project since the late 1990's when the State of Florida acquired this property as a state forest.  Restoring longleaf pine to this site will allow for Wild turkey, white-tailed deer, quail, gray and fox squirrels, and other species endemic to the sandhill natural community type to flourish. Click here for more information about the Etoniah Creek State Forest. 

 

 

Do You Know the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack, Stroke or Cardiac Arrest?

Heart attack and stroke are life-and-death emergencies — every second counts. If you see or have any symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number. Today heart attack and stroke victims can benefit from new medications and treatments unavailable to patients in years past. For example, clot-busting drugs can stop some heart attacks and strokes in progress, reducing disability and saving lives. But to be effective, these drugs must be given relatively quickly after heart attack or stroke symptoms first appear. Get familiar with the symptoms and warning signs here.

 

Science Care Employee - Spotlight on Amber Motter

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I am a native to Phoenix AZ and I graduated from Cortez High school in 2004. I was strong in Theatre, Speech and Dance all 4 years.  I moved to Clearwater Beach FL right after graduation and there I had 2 of my children; Pierce (10yrs old) and Sienna (8yrs old). I then moved back home to Central Phoenix where I currently live with our 3 dogs, a cat, and we added a 3 month old baby boy who I had in November 2015 named Anson.  My home is loud and full of life; I appreciate the love and struggle life has given me and would not change a thing!

In July 2014, Science Care was brought to my attention and I was immediately fascinated by it.  I was so happy when I got the call, “Can you start Tuesday?”  Being in the Family Services Department has given me the privilege of working closely with families that trust us to care for their loved one. As I have a full family home myself, I always place myself in their shoes, asking myself, “How would I want to be spoken to in my time of need? What action would I want for my loved one?”  This position is not a “clock in and clock out” position; you have to have heart and always go above and beyond at any opportunity given.  What I love best about what I do is simple; it’s the fact that when someone is going through the darkest time in their life, we are that one glimmer of light that brings in positivity, hope and a lasting impression.  I am excited to continue my growth within the company as it’s truly a one in million place to be a part of.

 

Science Care Donor Contributions to the Medical Community

Every day, Science Care donors are making contributions towards the advancement of medicine including the fight against heart disease and stroke. Below are just a couple of ways Science Care helps to link donors with important research to make an impact:
  • The development of minimally invasive technology for the treatment of chronic total occlusions in coronary arteries (CTO). This is a complete blockage of a coronary artery resulting in decreased blood flow. As part of the research and development process, the performance of devices is evaluated using cardiac tissue. The research will improve the ability to design and develop safe and effective devices for the treatment of the disorder leading to improved outcomes for patients.
  • Research on the tensile strength and wall thickness of human hearts and lungs to develop devices to aid in the treatment of atrial fibrillation (A-fib). Recent research has shown that errant electrical signals can travel up the pulmonary veins into the heart causing irregular or erratic heart beats.
  • Cardiac tissue utilized for the study of mitral regurgitation. Mitral valve regurgitation is a condition in which the heart valve does not close properly allowing for the flow of blood backward in the heart. It makes the function of the heart inefficient, leading to patients becoming tired and out of breath. If not treated, it can ultimately lead to heart failure. Through these studies researchers hope to develop better treatments for patients.

 

Healthy Heart Recipes

Eating for a healthier heart doesn't have to be boring and tasteless! Check out these Healthy Heart Recipes:

Whole Wheat Cranberry Muffins

Fruit Salad with Lemon-Mint Yogurt Dressing

Seared Tilapia with Pineapple and Cucumber Relish

Sweet and Tangy Glazed Salmon with Orange-Almond Rice

Black Bean and Avocado Salsa

Balsamic Chicken with Apple, Lentil, and Spinach Salad

 

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