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Reduce Your Risk this American Heart Month


Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Its victims are women and men, and people of all backgrounds and ethnicities, in all regions of the country. Although heart disease is the nation's most costly and widespread health problem, it is among the most preventable.

The most common heart disease in the United States is Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). Coronary Artery Disease is the #1 killer in America, affecting more than 13 million Americans.

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Coronary arteries are blood vessels of the heart. Healthy coronary arteries are smooth and elastic, allowing blood to flow freely. As we get older, fat can start to deposit in the blood vessel walls and begin to build up, causing injury to the vessel. Over time, the process of injury and repair can cause plaque development in the interior calls of the arteries, compromising oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle, which can lead to a number of conditions that affect your heart or increase your risk of death or disability.

Control What You Can:  Lifestyle changes are the best defense against heart disease.

Although there are a few factors that can't be controlled, including age, gender and family history, you can prevent and control many heart disease factors such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and obesity with lifestyle changes and in some cases, medicine.

According to the National Institute of Health, the best way to reduce your chances of getting heart disease is by changing your key risk factors in your lifestyle. Medication obviously plays a key role in preventing and treating heart disease, but a wealth of research has shown the surprising success that simple lifestyle changes can make in helping along that effort. These include:

Following a Healthy Diet: This means more than just cutting back on fat. Studies have shown that a diet high in produce, whole grains, nuts, legumes and fish, reduced artery damaging inflammation better that the standard low-fat diet. Many people also find this type of diet more filling, palatable and attainable that just cutting back on fat.

Maintaining a Healthy Weight: Excess fat, especially around the belly, strains the heart, raises blood pressure, LDL and triglycerides, lowers HDL, causes insulin resistance, and produces substances in the blood that can inflame the arteries. By lowering your body weight by as little as 5 percent, you can lower your heart disease risk drastically.

Exercising Regularly: Regular aerobic exercise protects against every major cardiac risk factor. It improves both LDL and HDL cholesterol levels, reduces blood pressure, lowers the risk of type-2 diabetes, controls body weight, eases stress and depression, and may reduce arterial inflammation.

Managing Stress: Stress and negative emotions unleash hormones in your body that trigger heart-threatening changes. Anger and stress, for example, speed up the heart, raise blood pressure, narrow and inflame arteries, provoke abnormal heart rhythms and make blood prone to clotting. Regular aerobic exercise is an effective antidote for stress. Other methods include yoga, tai chi, meditation, and controlled breathing exercises.

Quitting Smoking: Cigarette smokers have more than double the heart disease risk of non-smokers. Fortunately, the risk starts to drop as soon as you quite.

To learn more about what you can do to lower your risk of heart disease, join us for a FREE educational seminar on Heart Disease Prevention Awareness, featuring Dr. Tobi Ippolito, MD, Board Certified Internist in Chatham, NJ on Wednesday, February 16th from 6PM to 7PM at Liberty Drug.

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Christopher Rinaldi for Town Council - Leadership, Judgement, Experience

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My name is Christopher Rinaldi.  As a long-time member of the Republican Party, I am running in the Republican Primary on June 5th for Township Council and Republican Municipal Committee of Berkeley Heights.

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I am Proud to be Your Mayor

Honesty and results. Those two principles characterize my service to our community for the last nine years. I served on Town Council for four years and have been your Mayor for five years. I appreciate the opportunity to serve you and our community, steering it in a positive direction. During this time, I have learned about our Town, identified areas for improvement and been privileged ...

Taxes up, Services down.....At least someone is listening

May 15, 2018

Do you feel as if you are getting good services from the town for what you pay in property taxes? I don’t, and wanted to thank the one Council person who voted NO on this year’s municipal budget which will increase your taxes by more than 3 percent, exceeding the cap.  Thank you, Susan Poage, for listening to taxpayers.

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Who Is Dmitriy?

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The NO vote on the Budget

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Mountain Ridge Bible Chapel Presents Special Women’s program

May 20, 2018


Mountain Ridge Bible Chapel, 763 Mountain Avenue, Berkeley Heights, is very pleased to host a unique free seminar for women on Saturday June 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

The speaker will be Doctor Ruth Schwertfeger of Brookfield, Wisconsin. Ruth was born in Northern Ireland, is a retired Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She speaks several languages, and ...

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Fallout Continues from Lawsuit Against Mountainside; Police Chief on Administrative Leave

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Video Shows School Board Member In Altercation With Police at Traffic Stop in South Orange

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Maplewood School Board Member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad got into an altercation with a South Orange police officer who stopped her for speeding last month, in which she used profanity, complained when she was issued a ticket and called South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll “a skinhead cop.”

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New Providence Community Pool parking lot, New Providence

CSA Community Yard Sale

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Sun, May 20, 11:00 AM

Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad Headquarters, Berkeley Heights

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Trailside Nature & Science Center in the Watchung Reservation, Mountainside

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Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

History of Silhouettes & Craft for Children


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Summit High School, Summit

Summit Symphony Orchestra Concert

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