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Many people understand that having high blood pressure can cause health problems. It puts you at risk for cardiovascular illnesses, stroke, dementia, and diabetes. However, there are also many falsehoods about high blood pressure that could put people at greater risk if they believe them to be true.

There are different types of weight loss surgery that all share the same goal —improve your overall health by reducing your weight—they just use different surgical techniques to help you achieve that goal. Once you and your doctor decide that you are a good candidate for bariatric surgery, the next step is to discuss the best weight loss surgery for you. Making an informed choice about which bariatric procedure will work for your body starts with understanding more about each weight loss procedure.

Weight loss surgery (also known as bariatric surgery) has become one of the most popular, safe, and effective types of treatment for severe obesity. But is weight loss surgery right for you? In this article, we provide a basic overview of what weight loss surgery is, who the ideal bariatric surgery candidate is, what the top weight loss surgery qualifications are, and what you should consider when deciding which type of weight loss procedure is the best fit for your goals and health needs.

Blood pressure is a measure of how hard blood hits the arteries’ walls, the vessels that carry oxygenated blood from the heart to tissue throughout the body. Luckily, we all have the ability to monitor our blood pressure at home. In this article, we’ll review the risks of high blood pressure and offer tips on how you can stay on top of your heart health at home with a blood pressure machine.

Colorectal cancer — which includes both colon and rectal cancer — occurs when cells in the colon and/or rectum begin to grow out of control. The colon and rectum are parts of the large intestine, which is in turn part of the digestive system. Colorectal cancers tend to begin as growths, known as polyps, on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. While not all polyps become cancerous, some can develop into cancer over time, usually several years. If not treated, a cancerous polyp can grow into the wall of the colon or rectum and then spread. While colorectal cancers are one of the most common types of cancers and the third leading cause of death from cancer in America, there are steps you can take to help prevent colorectal cancer.

Take care of your colon

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. AnMed Health encourages everyone who is due for a colonoscopy to be proactive in their colorectal health and schedule a screening this month.

Finding out you have colon cancer can be an unnerving experience. Not including skin cancers, colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States among men and women. Fortunately—and thanks to ongoing advances in colon cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment—people with colon cancer are living longer and enjoying a better quality of living even after their diagnosis. One important thing to know: people with colon cancer tend to have better outcomes when they're diagnosed early! This is why our team at AnMed Health encourages everyone to understand who's at risk for colon cancer, what its signs and symptoms are and when you should call a doctor with your concerns.

The answer is yes –even if you’ve been vaccinated. The reason is that the vaccine prevents you from getting severe disease from COVID-19, but what we don’t know is if it protects you from spreading it to other people. So there’s a distinct possibility that people who had the vaccine still carry the virus and can infect other people even though they are not sick. And that’s why it’s really important to continue to wear the mask until many, many, many people have been vaccinated.

As vaccine rollout continues across the country and the world, we are approaching the possibilityof a return to normalcy. Yetmany people are still hesitant to receive the vaccine, voicing concerns over their rapid development or because of myths about the vaccines circulating on social media. In order to alleviate confusion and feararound the vaccines, the medical experts of AnMed Health have addressed some of the common myths and their correlative truths, supported by scientifically proven facts, behind the COVID-19 vaccines.

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