This time of year most of us look forward to treats, and staying cozy at holiday gatherings. But medical professionals say it's especially important to stay active--even if it means braving the cold weather.
Many are looking forward to filling their tummies this holiday season, but some people could be celebrating in the emergency room. KRBC's Nora Hartfeil reports on why Big Country hospitals see a spike in heart-related emergency visits during this time of year.
Big Country hospitals see a spike in heart-related emergency visits during this particular week every year.
With holiday gatherings filling up the calendar, catching a bug is the last thing folks want to deal with. But the cold be the culprit?
A new study reveals blueberries may help prevent diseases caused by metabolic syndrome.
A Harvard study reveals older people exposed to aircraft noise are at an increased risk of being hospitalized for cardiovascular disease.
An Abilene hospital is taking an initiative to help people understand the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act. As KRBC's Nora Hartfeil learned, ACA counselors are now on staff to make the process a little easier.
Every year hundreds of men are diagnosed with prostate cancer right here in Taylor County. Now, patients needing surgery no longer have to head to the Metroplex for the latest treatment.
New research suggests programs to boost CPR awareness can save lives.
New research suggests exercise may be as effective as medication in treating certain common diseases.
Along with new jobs, the West Texas oil boom is bringing a boost to the local economy, and some Abilene businesses are already feeling the impact--including plastic surgeons.
Younger women are less likely than men to experience chest pain during a heart attack.
In this week's local health report, KRBC's Nora Hartfeil looks into a new blood test that can track the development of Alzheimer's.
A positive attitude could be the key to living longer for people with heart disease.
The decision to call in hospice care for a loved one can be difficult, but more people are turning to these services for end-of-life assistance.
It's been about a week since we've seen triple digit temperatures around here. But even so, the recent heat can still take a toll on your health.
Children born to obese mothers are a third more likely to die at a young age than those with normal weight moms.
Women who live in urban areas face an increased risk for postpartum depression in comparison to women who live in rural areas.
Former United States President George W. Bush is recovering from emergency heart surgery that took place early Tuesday morning.
A new study in the American Heart Association Journal "Circulation" found men who skip breakfast had a 27 percent greater risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease than men who eat a morning meal.
New research suggests air pollution may be a cause of lung cancer and could worsen cases of heart failure.
People in Abilene now have access to some of the most prestigious neurologists in the country, thanks to a new technology recently introduced at Abilene Regional Medical Center. KRBC's Nora Hartfeil has the details.
This week's Heartbeat Report encourages individuals to practice healthy lifestyle choices and stay smart in the summer heat to maintain heart health.
The foods preschool aged children eat could reveal their chances of developing heart disease later in life.
People with sleep apnea are more likely to die from sudden cardiac death than the general population.
Drugs used to treat early-stage Alzheimer's may also lower the risk for heart attack and death.
People who develop an irregular heart beat may be more likely to experience problems with their memory and thinking.
Cranial helmets offer children born with deformed heads a chance at normal development. KRBC's Nora Hartfeil looked into one young boy's medical journey.
New research also shows having a pet could help cut your risk of heart disease!
New research reveals an unhealthy lifestyle combined with job stress can take its toll on your heart.
A study out of the Netherlands determined that hair samples could accurately predict a person's risk for heart disease.
Abilene doctors are offering a new take on an old surgery, and as KRBC's Nora Hartfeil learned, more women are looking into the possibilities of robotic hysterectomies.
Whether it's acne as a teenager, wrinkles as you mature, or other in-between skin issues, as KRBC's Nora Hartfeil learned, your overall health can be reflected in state of your skin.
We spoke with a local doctor who tells us the method of child delivery varies greatly depending on specific medical situations; and though he tends to recommend vaginal birth, many prefer the surgical option.
Most of us associate the chiropractor strictly with back pain or injuries. But now, many are going to the chiropractor for other health issues.
Growing up, many of us were taught to brush our teeth and floss regularly to avoid cavities. While some are persistent about oral health, others maybe not so much. However, now doctors are saying that little roll of floss could be a lifesaver.
When it comes to Valentine's Day, people either love it or hate it. So whether you have a romantic evening scheduled, or for others, maybe it's just another Thursday, we spoke with health professionals about how the holiday affects your well being and the truth behind the proverbial broken heart.
Many struggle with weight loss and management, but now a local hospital is urging patients to take action because of the negative affects those extra pounds can have on your heart. In this week's edition of Nora's Heart Files, KRBC's Nora Hartfeil looks into one man's journey to health.
It's a touchy subject, but doctors are urging parents and teenagers to open up the lines of communication about birth control. In this week's edition of Nora's Heart Files, we looked into why doctors are seeing more teens visiting their offices.
Whether it's after a spicy meal or during the middle of the night, heartburn is a pain that affects about 15% of adults on a regular basis. Which is why one local doctor felt the need to bring an innovative procedure to Abilene to treat acid reflux problems. KRBC's Nora Hartfeil looked into the surgery for this week's edition of Nora's Heart Files.
It's something most people do everyday, and it's detrimental to many aspects of one's health--sitting.
In our first weekly edition of Nora's Heart Files, KRBC's Nora Hartfeil looked into one local woman's story.
Thanksgiving favorites like stuffing, sweet potatoes, and pies tend to fill up our plates around the holidays, and any sign of a diet goes right out the window. But can a couple days of binging really affect your health?
The age of a female's first menstrual period could predict her risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease later in life.
Teenagers who don't sleep well may be at risk for heart disease later in life.
A scan of the heart arteries is the best way for doctors to tell which patients will develop health problems in the future.
Scientists say a micro-chip could save the lives of professional athletes at risk of sudden death from heart failure.
For patients with heart problems, trying to keep track of the medications they need can be a full time job!
A lonely heart could lead to a broken heart.
Patients with metabolic syndrome can lower their risk for heart problems by indulging in a piece of dark chocolate every day!