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Adults With Congenital Heart Trouble Need Follow-Up, Experts Say
 
High blood pressure is called the "silent killer" because it has no symptoms. If high blood pressure remains unchecked, it can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure, and more. You can stop this silent killer — if you catch it in time.
 
You've heard that it's possible to preserve and strengthen your bones through exercise and a healthy diet. But accidents, genetics and disease can work against even the best of healthy habits. When fractures, sprains, and the wear and tear of daily life get to your bones and joints, you need to know when to take action and the best way to take care of yourself.
 
Although genetics determines how long we will live, it's the lifestyle we choose that will determine how healthy we are as we age.
 
Health Tip of the Day

What to Ask Your Doctor About a Pap Smear

  • What information accompanies the sample to the laboratory? The Pap smear test depends on human judgment, and the interpretation of the test sample is based in part on an accompanying patient history relating to cervical cancer risk factors.

  • Will I receive a copy of the test results and an explanation of what they mean?

You and your doctor should discuss test results and plan the next steps required. In the case of normal tests, you should discuss when to schedule your next exam and Pap smear.