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May is American Stroke Month

May is American Stroke Month, which is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s annual campaign to increase awareness that strokes are largely preventable, treatable and beatable. While stroke is now the number 5 cause of death and the 9th leading cause of disability in the U.S., many Americans do not think of a stroke as […]

The Truth About Sea Salt

Even as a dietetic student with limited experience, I have already encountered this statement several times, “Oh, I don’t use salt. I use sea salt.” Or pink himalayan salt. Or some other new-fangled, grind-in-the-bottle variety of salt. Often, the next statement is something along the lines of, “It’s healthier. It’s less processed.” As a dietetic […]

Harrington Will #GoRed on Friday, February 3

Harrington will #GoRedWearRed for women and heart disease this Friday, February 3 with on-site health information, Red Dress pins for sale and other heart-healthy education in Southbridge and Charlton.

Summer Simplicity: How going back to the basics can save your heart

A balanced, low-sodium diet is important to keeping your heart happy. In Harrington’s Cardiology department, we recommend our patients eat five or more fruits and vegetables per day. With all the farmers’ markets and fresh produce shipped into grocery stores daily, what better time to experiment with new ways to cook them or try new […]

Celebrating Cardiac Rehab: Be Good to Your Heart!

In January of 1978 the late Dr. Robert M.A. VanVooren began an exercise program at the Tri-Community YMCA in Southbridge, MA for his patients with heart disease. Dr. VanVooren, an Internal Medicine Physician at Harrington Hospital, had heard of programs in Israel and Canada where individuals with heart disease exercised in a group three times […]

Fats and Heart Health

Not all fats are created equal. Eating foods that contain saturated fats can raise your blood cholesterol, particularly your LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. However, replacing those saturated fats in your diet with monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats actually helps to protect […]

Be Good to Your Heart During Heart Month and Beyond

The Power of Exercise Many New Year’s resolutions revolve around improving overall health and fitness with a pledge to exercise more. For some, the beginning of every year has great potential for a health revolution. Unfortunately, for most, the vision of fitness becomes an afterthought, and the benefits of exercise are forgotten. To keep the […]


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