Beaufort Memorial’s Living Well Blog brings health and wellness to Lowcountry living.

Heart Tech & Tests

Posted by Living Well Team on Jul 19, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But cardiologists have a wide range of tests available to them to help patients determine their heart health and develop a plan to achieve cardiac wellness.

Here are the tools cardiologists use to test your ticker and help you keep your heart in optimal health.

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Summer Holiday Safety

Posted by Living Well Team on Jul 3, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Is there anything more eagerly awaited than a long summer holiday weekend? That same building anticipation and excitement is what often makes holidays such as Independence Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day more deadly than average summer days.

Here are ways to help protect you and your loved ones from common holiday dangers and still have a great time.

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Dr. Mattingly on Zika Virus

Posted by Living Well Team on Jun 26, 2017 2:00:00 PM

I’m happy to report that no one to date has contracted the Zika virus from the bite of a mosquito in South Carolina. But the dreaded disease continues to be a threat in the Lowcountry.

With warming temperatures and recent rains, conditions are ripe for an onslaught of the blood-sucking, disease-carrying insects.

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How to Quit Smoking

Posted by Living Well Team on Jun 19, 2017 2:00:00 PM

It’s no secret: smoking is bad for your health. But whether you’re an occasional or long-time smoker, it’s never too late to quit.

Quitting smoking means stopping a powerful one-two punch: habit and nicotine addiction. When you combine those hurdles with the mental and social components of smoking, know that it will be a fight. These five steps can help you quit today.

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How to Prep for a Colonoscopy

Posted by Living Well Team on Jun 7, 2017 2:00:00 PM

It’s the test most people don’t even want to think about, let alone have.

But routine screening colonoscopies — usually every 10 years from age 50 to about 75 — can stop colorectal cancer in its tracks.

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