Disease Prevention Articles

A little knowledge goes a long way in preventing heart attacks
The number one killer of Americans can strike suddenly or sneak up slowly. Its victims often feel discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, as well as pain in one or both arms, the stomach, neck or jaw. The pain may be accompanied by nausea, lightheadedness and a cold sweat. These are the "classic" signs of a heart attack.
Stroke: Prevention is the best treatment
Although the risk of stroke increases as we age, preventive steps can dramatically lessen the chances that older adults will suffer the devastating effects of this leading cause of disability and third leading cause of death in the United States.
They’re not just for kids: Immunizations revisited
Immunizations are not just for children. For many older adults, vaccinations are an important part of staying healthy and living longer.
Older adults should get flu shots this fall
For most people, getting the flu means a week or two of misery and a few missed days of work or school. But for older adults and those with chronic health conditions, it can be deadly.
March is Colorectal Cancer Prevention Month
Although colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Washington state and in the nation, it can be prevented through good nutrition, physical activity and regular screening.
Screenings best way to prevent colon cancer
Colon cancer can be easily prevented or more easily treated if caught early. But how do you know what kind of screening test to get and when?
Regular blood-pressure checks can save your life
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, has been called the "silent killer." Without symptoms, it can severely damage arteries and organs and lead to heart attack and stroke.