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Three Good Exercises for Your Heart

In order to keep your heart in tip-top shape, you’re going to want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, this can prove to be a trick balancing act, as you have to stay active without ever overworking your heart, especially as you get older. 

Part of this effort includes finding good exercises that can help keep you in shape and reduce the risk of heart disease without ever putting too much of a burden on your heart. Here are some exercises that can help.

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10 Reasons Why You Get Headaches

Nobody likes dealing with headaches, but nearly everyone will get one every once in a while. Not every headache is created equal, however. Headaches can range from minor annoyances to severe pains that can incapacitate individuals, sometimes on a regular basis. 

Sometimes, it doesn’t take much to trigger a headache. Here are 10 common reasons why your head may not feel too well.

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Pap Testing and Cervical Cancer: What's A Woman To Do?

Cancer of the cervix is the third most common cancer in women worldwide. Human papilloma virus (HPV) is linked to more than 99% of cervical cancers. Routine cervical cancer screening with Papanicolaou (Pap) tests can help detect early changes that could lead to cervical cancer if left untreated. 

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What is a Pap Test?

A Pap test is a microscopic exam of cells taken from the cervix. It is done during a routine physical exam with your doctor. Pap tests are recommended in women who are 21 years old or older. Based on new recommendations, routine Pap tests are no longer recommended in women under 21 whether or not they are sexually active. Between the ages of 21 and 29, routine Pap tests every 3 years are recommended. After the age of 30, Pap tests are usually done every 3-5 years. 

If you are 65 years or older and have had previously normal Pap tests, usually cervical cancer screening with Pap tests can be stopped. Women who have had a hysterectomy (removal of uterus) only need to continue Pap tests if the cervix was not removed during surgery (called a partial hysterectomy).  

What Are The Risk Factors Of Cervical Cancer?

Risk factors include:

  • Sexual intercourse at a young age
  • Multiple sexual partners
  • Partner with known HPV infection
  • History of sexually transmitted infections (HIV, herpes, chlamydia)
  • Weakened immune system
  • Smoking