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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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The Real Value of Family Values

What Small Businesses Can Learn from the Family Business To rise to the top in corporate America, executives and their respective boards have seemingly long abandoned the inherent values of a family business, as tactics of short-termism and streamlining product continue to become popularized. Rather than prioritizing the needs of shareholders and institutional investors, the business owners and partners of the world must realize that family values have real value—both in building a foundational customer base and hedging investments for long-term, sustainable growth. Such unconventional “small town” strategies would likely be rejected at the next proxy meeting for large...

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Beat the Business Meeting Blues

Trends and Innovations that Increase Excitement and Productivity Most people likely consider business meetings to be as exciting as routine health checkups, but new trends and innovations in the field may change their outlook. More and more businesses are moving away from stuffy lecture-style meetings that allow for little interaction and toward more dynamic and collaborative methods and formats. Read on for five ideas from local professionals on how to hold a productive, morale-boosting, and fun— yes, fun!—business meeting. 1. Consider holding meetings outside of the office—or even outdoors! One of the best and easiest ways to enliven business...

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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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