Health Watch - Valentine's Day: The Best Gift

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about matters of the heart and romance, in celebration of Valentine’s Day. If you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a true gift from the heart, consider making a blood donation.

Just one blood donation can save up to four lives because of the way that blood can be broken into its components for multiple purposes. Dr. Laurie Sutor, a pathologist at
UT Southwestern Medical Center, says giving blood is easy and can give you an emotional boost, as well as letting you feel like you’ve contributed to your community. To make the experience more pleasant, drink extra water or juice before donating and don’t donate on an empty stomach. Wear loose clothing that gives easy access to your veins. Remember that the benefits far outweigh any temporary discomfort.


February 2010

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