Author: Megan Horst

Take Your Health to Heart

A LOCAL DOCTOR SHARES HOW TO AVOID COMMON HEART PROBLEMS AS YOU AGE In the United States, the most common heart problems are coronary artery disease, hypertension, stroke and congestive heart failure. Congestive heart failure (CHF), one of the most frequent reasons for hospital admission, costs Americans about $30 billion each year. “CHF can be due to a weakened heart muscle afflicted by coronary artery disease, or can be due to long-standing hypertension, or from untreated severe heart valve disease,” says Dr. Rahul Sharma, assistant director of the Carilion Clinic’s Structural Heart & Valve Center in Roanoke. Keeping your...

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Alpaca by Jaca

Lynchburg’s own unique shop, featuring alpaca-made clothing and gifts Smart, curious, and shy—alpacas keep Jack and Sally Hutslar busy year-round. As former teachers and coaches, the Hutslars could not have imagined the direction life would take them after their many years in education. Their adventure began in January of 2012 when they purchased two pregnant alpacas. “[They are] such cute, wonderful animals,” said Sally Hutslar, owner of Alpaca by Jaca. Shortly after purchasing the alpacas, Sally decided to start her own business selling clothing made from alpaca hair. Her first store was located at Smith Mountain Lake from 2012...

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Rejuvenate Your Career Confidence

How Non-Invasive Procedures Can Boost Your Self-Esteem without the knife Although a balanced diet and exercise are the main ways to boost your physical appearance, some businessmen and businesswomen are looking to non-invasive procedures as an option to take off a few years. “Unfortunately, as people age, they are perceived as less energetic and less effective,” said Kristen Kuk, physician at Aesthetics by Ridgeview Dermatology. According to a study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, almost three quarters of women agree that a youthful appearance contributes to getting a job, being promoted, and keeping clients. “I have often...

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