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The Center for Primary Care and Sports Medicine: Lawrence Kacmar, MD, SC
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Primary Care Physician & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Aurora, IL
Primary Care Physician & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Aurora, IL

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Why You Need to Get Enough Sleep
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If you frequently skimp on sleep, you might feel groggy or experience headaches, but your heart may also be affected. Studies show that getting enough sleep (that's seven to nine hours!) is good for your heart. Lack of sleep also encourages too much cortisol production, which can wreak havoc on your heart.

So protect your heart and get to bed on time!

#cardiovascularhealth #sleep #AuroraIL
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Happy Valentine’s Day! đŸ’•
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This Valentine’s Day, start with you. Instead of buying a sweet treat, practice your cooking skills with a homemade meal. Cooking at home is a great way to control your ingredients and how much you eat, to support heart health. Love yourself this Valentine’s Day with mindful eating and delicious food!

#ValentinesDay2019 #HappyValentinesDay #AuroraIL
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Preparing for a Blood Test? Keep This In Mind
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If your doctor has suggested a blood test to check your sugar or cholesterol levels, it's always good to check the requirements before arriving for the test. Many blood tests require fasting, which means you'll need to refrain from eating for a specified length of time prior to your test. This helps give the most accurate results.

Blood sugar and cholesterol tests are just two examples of preventive medicine available at The Center for Primary Care and Sports Medicine.

#preventivemedicine #bloodpanel #AuroraIL
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How to Prevent Chronic Disease, According to the CDC
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Health screenings and preventive services don't just tell if you have a certain condition; they give you the opportunity to correct a potential problem before it escalates. For example, if your blood tests show that you are prediabetic, you can make the necessary lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes from fully developing.

#preventivemedicine #healthtips #AuroraIL
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It’s World Cancer Day
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World Cancer Day unites people around the world in the fight against cancer, and raises awareness about the global cancer epidemic.

You can lower your risk of cancer by eating healthy, staying fit, and avoiding tobacco. Following recommended screening guidelines can also help detect certain cancers early.

#WorldCancerDay #CancerAwareness #Cancer
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Tips for Taking Your Cholesterol Medicine
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Did you know that many individuals who take cholesterol medicine may need to avoid both alcohol, grapefruit, and grapefruit juice? This is because these foods can increase your risk of side effects. Grapefruit can also increase the strength of your medicine.
Tip: If you're ever unsure about your medication or dosing, don't hesitate to ask your doctor.

#cholestereolmanagement #cholestereol #AuroraIL
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Annual Physicals: Why Take Your Weight Measurements
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Hopping on the scale can be intimidating, but there's a good reason that it's included in your exam. When tracking your weight (even just yearly), your doctor can make sure that you're not gaining too much. If you are struggling with your weight, your annual physical is the perfect opportunity to ask for guidance on maintaining a healthy weight.

To learn more about annual physicals, contact us using the link provided.

#annualphysical #doctorappointment #AuroraIL
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Breakfast Ideas to Help You Combat High Blood Pressure
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Looking for a few heart-friendly breakfast ideas? The key to a good breakfast is to make sure it's filling but also contains the necessary nutrients (such as potassium) without containing too much sodium. Spinach omelette, banana almond oatmeal, and green pea upma are just a few examples of breakfast ideas that rich in potassium and low in sodium.

What's your favorite heart-friendly breakfast?

#highbloodpressure #nutrition #dietandexercise #AuroraIL
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12 Tips for Walking When You Have Arthritis Knees
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Staying active is one of the best things you can do when you have arthritis. Low-impact activities such as walking can help keep your joints flexible. To make the most of your walk, keep these tips in mind:
• Wear athletic shoes with a flexible sole
• Avoid unnecessary arch supports
• Choose softer surfaces (ie. dirt trails) over hard surfaces

#arthritis #walkingtips #AuroraIL
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What to Do When Your At-Home Arthritis Treatments No Longer Work
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Is your tried-and-true heating pad no longer giving you the arthritis relief you need? At The Center for Primary Care and Sports Medicine, your provider can help you find relief you need through medications and joint injections.

Don't let your arthritis pain keep you from the activities you love. Call us today to get started on a new treatment plan.


#arthritis #PCP #doctorappointment #AuroraIL
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