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What’s the Difference Between Blood Pressure and Heart Rate?

We tend to think of blood pressure and heart rate as more or less the same thing. But while they are both related to heart health, they are actually two very different measurements.

So what is the difference between blood pressure and heart rate? Your blood pressure is the force of blood flowing against the walls of your arteries while your heart rate (also called pulse) is the number of times your heart beats every minute.

Blood pressure is taken using a special cuff that goes around the arm. It’s usually measured in two numbers. The top number (systolic) is the pressure as the heart beats and forces blood into the arteries. The bottom number (diastolic) is the pressure as the heart relaxes between beats. A reading of 120/80 mm Hg is considered normal.

Your heart rate, on the other hand, is measured in just one number. A normal adult resting heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats per minute. Your heart rate is never constant. It rises when you exercise or even when you’re sick.


Pear-Pecan Cheese Ball Recipe

Your holiday calendar is probably starting to fill up with parties and gatherings. Running out of ideas for something to take? This Pear-Pecan Cheese Ball is the perfect holiday appetizer. Adding pear to the recipe gives it a sweeter taste, making it a party favorite. The great news is it will be lower in fat and calories than your average cheese ball recipe by using reduced-fat cream cheese.

December 05, 2017 | Chef Darrin Torrey


Stress vs. Urge Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is embarrassing, but understanding what type of incontinence you have can help you better control it. Armed with information, you can make smarter lifestyle changes, and have an educated conversation with your physician about treatment options.

Let’s take a look at the difference between two of the most common types of urinary incontinence, stress vs. urge incontinence.

November 30, 2017 | Fisher-Titus Healthy Living Team


How Does a Robotic-Assisted Hysterectomy Work?

One in three women will have a hysterectomy before the age of 60, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In fact, hysterectomy is the most common non-pregnancy-related surgery for women in the United States. It involves the removal of the uterus and sometimes also the cervix, fallopian tubes or ovaries.

The procedure, first done in Manchester, England in 1843, is used to treat uterine cancer, ovarian cancer and some cases of cervical cancer. It’s also used for common noncancerous uterine conditions like fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse and uterine bleeding.

It used to be that an open hysterectomy was the only option, requiring six weeks of downtime and a long scar on the abdomen. That began to change in the 1970s and ’80s with the development of laparoscopic surgery techniques. The result was minimally invasive surgery with less scarring and shorter recovery periods.

Now, there’s an even more advanced option—a robotic-assisted hysterectomy using the da Vinci Surgical System.

November 28, 2017 | Fisher-Titus Healthy Living Team


How to Beat the Holiday Blues

For most people, this time of year is filled with holiday music, fun-filled get-togethers and the excitement leading up to the holidays. But for many, the holiday cheer can trigger feelings of anxiety, sadness and even depression. People may experience these symptoms for many reasons, but the good news is there are ways to combat these feelings and get back to enjoying the festivities.

Here are some common causes of the holidays blues, and what you can do about them.

November 21, 2017 | Fisher-Titus Healthy Living Team