Life’s Essential 8

For years, the American Heart Association has listed seven essential factors for heart health. This year, they’ve added an eighth: sleep.  There have been other updates, so it’s a good time to review the eight essential elements of good heart health. #1. Eat right Choose vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, plant-based proteins, and […]

The Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine

The CDC has endorsed the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation of a new vaccine for COVID-19, the Novavax vaccine. Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine is intended for adults 18 years and older. The Novovax vaccine requires two doses, like the Pfizer vaccine. The two doses are given three to eight weeks apart. Novovax is not […]

Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) may not be something you think about often, but it can have some serious consequences. The most important consequence of delayed-onset muscle soreness is a decision to give up exercise.  What is DOMS? If you work out hard one day you might have a little tightness the same day — and […]

Buying Vitamins

Your doctor has told you to take vitamins, or maybe you just have realized that you’re not always making the best nutritional choices. Whatever your reason, you find yourself in the aisle of your local grocery or the sales page at your favorite online shop, trying to choose the best vitamins. Buying vitamins can be […]

Annual Wellness Exam: 5 Reasons

If you aren’t sick, you don’t need to go to the doctor — right? Actually, that’s not true. A healthy person should still see a doctor once a year. Here are five reasons it’s important to have an annual wellness exam, even if you feel fine. Make sure you’re as healthy as you think There […]

FDC Welcomes Kimberly Powell, APRN!

Kimberly Powell, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse will join Internal Medicine at Fayetteville Diagnostic this week. Nurse Practitioner Powell has spent more than a decade in healthcare as a Registered Nurse, working in progressive cardiac care, medical-surgical care, urgent care, and primary care.  She completed her undergraduate studies in Nursing at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, […]

So You Have Low Blood Pressure. Now What?

If your doctor talks to you about your blood pressure, the conversation is likely to focus on high blood pressure. High blood pressure is known as “the silent killer,” and an estimated one third of Americans have it. Half of those people are not controlling their high blood pressure, and it can have deadly consequences. […]

National Men’s Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month. This year, the focus is on setting a good example for the next generation. In addition, Men’s Health Month 2022 is calling for two important steps for men’s health: Get screened First, make sure you have a wellness visit with your primary care physician each year. At your wellness visit, […]

4 Surprising Things that Affect Blood Pressure

What affects blood pressure? You may already know that regular exercise and eating right can help keep blood pressure low. You probably realize that smokers are likely to have high blood pressure. But you may not know about some other factors that can affect blood pressure. Here are four items that might surprise you. How […]

Can You Eat Too Much Protein?

Paleo, keto, Atkins, or Dukan — high protein diets are trendy and appealing with their promise of weight loss without hunger. Plenty of people jump at the chance to enjoy practically unlimited bacon burgers (without the bun). Protein is one of the essential nutrients your body needs to build and repair tissue, too, so you […]