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Can a Smartwatch Keep Track of Your Heart Health?

The ability of smartwatches and other fitness trackers to monitor heart rate can be appealing for many athletes and, really, anyone trying to get in shape. But if you’re at risk for heart problems, could wearing a smartwatch help save your life by noticing an arrhythmia? Probably not, says David Baker, MD, Medical Director of Carson Tahoe Medical Group. “In general, the watches will detect a problem when there isn’t one,” Dr. Baker says. “There are a lot of ‘false positives’ with these devices.” But that doesn’t mean smartwatches can’t help you monitor your cardiac health, especially in consultation with your physician. “The true strength of the smartwatch is for patients to use the data to help them maximize their …


Lifestyle Changes You Can Make to Prevent Stroke

Small changes can make a big difference in stroke prevention. 1. Eat smart. A healthy diet helps you manage your blood pressure and maintain a healthy weight, both of which can help prevent stroke. Specialists with Carson Tahoe Health Nutrition Therapies provide nutrition education and support that can help you create healthy eating habits for the long term. Try making these small, healthy changes to your diet: Add one serving of fruits or vegetables to your snacks and meals. Choose lean protein, such as chicken, turkey or fish. Include non-meat protein sources—such as tofu, nuts, or beans—for a few meals a week. Trade white breads and pastas for whole-grain options, and opt for brown rice instead of white. Season dishes with spices, herbs, …


Using a Smartwatch to Track Heart Health

For a vast majority of individuals, there’s not a day that goes by without them connecting to their technological devices, especially smartwatches. One reason people buy and use a smartwatch is to keep better track of their health. There are countless smartwatch apps that help individuals keep/set health-related goals and track their progress. Smartwatches can track steps, track foods/meals, monitor sleep, and much more. These apps can be life-changing because they encourage people to take control of their own health in a fast-paced society. One app, which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has made possible for people to track their own heart health. The electrocardiogram (ECG) app. This app can detect low heart rate and irregular …


The HEART of This Community!

As we wave goodbye to National Heart Health Month, let’s take a moment to reflect on some of the remarkable people in our community. People who weave together our story of a caring, supportive and loving community. People who think of others in their time of need. People who empower Carson Tahoe Health to save lives. George and Barb Allison are just such people. They make a contribution to the Foundation every February and have given generously to the hospital since 1999, supporting many projects such as the purchase of an Automatic  External Defibrillator (AED) for Douglas Country Search and Rescue and Carson Tahoe’s Cardiac Rehab Scholarships. This family has deep ties to our community, the Hospital, and cardiovascular health. …


9 Best and Worst Milks for Your Heart

  Not All Milks Are Alike… The milk aisle is changing, and has a growing number of options for what to pour on your cereal or drink down as a late-night snack. But what do the newer types of milk mean for your heart health if you have high cholesterol? Old-fashioned cow’s milk, for example, is loaded with calcium and vitamins A and D, which are all good for your heart and overall health. But the saturated fat in whole milk — and even in 2 percent milk — may counteract those health benefits. When you’re trying to get to healthy cholesterol levels, you’ll want to limit the amount of saturated fat in your diet. Alternative milks can provide similar …