According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in every 3 American adults has high blood pressure. Without treatment, uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure) can lead to other serious health concerns, including stroke, heart and vision problems, and kid-ney failure.

But what do doctors consider high anyway? The American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and other leading health organizations recently lowered the definitions of normal, elevated and high blood pressure.

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Every year, stroke impacts the lives of about 795,000 Americans, and yet, most of us wouldn’t recognize the warning signs of this life-threatening, leading cause of long-term disability. So what’s the best way to fight stroke?

Prevention—and knowledge is the key.

What is a stroke

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted by a blocked (ischemic stroke) or burst (hemorrhagic stroke) blood vessel.

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Oh baby, you’re going to have one! First and foremost, congratulations! While pregnancy is an exciting time, it also comes with a lot to think about, from who you’d like to deliver your baby to which over-the-counter medications are safe to take to what you’d like to name your son or daughter.

Another important decision every mom-to-be will have to make is where to have her baby. It’s never too early to envision and plan your labor and delivery experience. To help you get started, Dr. Michael Werkema, OB/Gyn Associates of Holland, offers some key questions to consider:

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The American Cancer Society estimates that about 17,650 Americans (13,750 men and 3,900 women) will be diagnosed with esophageal cancer this year.

Are you at risk, and if so, can you lower that risk? Is esophageal cancer linked with frequent heartburn? What are the treatment options? Dr. David Zink, Spectrum Health Medical Group-Gastroenterology, offers answers to these questions and more:

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