Heart-healthy recipes: Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken or Pork

Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to give up slow cooker favorites like barbecue pork. The American Heart Association has put together a delicious, heart-healthy recipe that doesn’t sacrifice flavor for fewer calories or sodium. Feeling like some bbq chicken sandwiches? Great! With only 125 calories per serving and 130mg of sodium, you can indulge […]

The ABCs of heart health – tips and tricks to prevent heart disease

By: Dr. Yvonne Saunders-Teigeler, FAAFPNorth Amidon Family Physicians Dr. Yvonne Saunders-Teigeler was born and raised in Illinois. She graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Family Medicine Residency program in June 2001. Dr. Teigeler received honors while in her residency program including Chief Resident status in her third year. Dr. Teigeler received her doctorate […]

A simple test may have saved his life

It pays to have friends. I’m still pretty young. I’m active. I try to eat right. I’m sure everything is fine. These were the kinds of things Melvin Schadler was telling himself. He’d experienced some tightness in his chest while driving several months before, but it went away. Everything was fine. It was just stress. […]

How to kick the habit: Stress – is it hurting my heart?

We hear so much about stress these days. The American Institute of Stress defines it as “physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension.”  I’ve noticed it’s generally discussed in a negative context. But I’d argue there is a distinct difference between everyday stress and distress. Everyday stress is not normally harmful when you have appropriate […]