Category Archives: Health Articles

Have you Used Our Online Patient Portal?

In compliance with the federal government’s Meaningful Use Initiative, we provide our patients (and/or a patient-authorized user) access to their patient records electronically. Having this electronic access through your personal, secured email will allow you to review your personal health record whenever and wherever you have access to the Internet.

Continue reading

Peripheral Artery Disease – Thomas’ Story

Thomas, an 81-year-old retiree, suffered from peripheral artery disease and claudication, cramping pain in the leg caused by too little blood flow. At first, the pain was noticeable only when exercising, but it progressed enough to affect him when he was at rest. He also developed discolored skin and gangrene toes from his blood flow being severely reduced.

In peripheral artery disease, the arteries that supply blood to your limbs are damaged, usually as a result of atherosclerosis or hardening and narrowing of the arteries. Atherosclerosis can develop in any of your arteries, especially those in your heart. When atherosclerosis affects your arms and legs, it’s called peripheral artery disease.

Not only did the blockages in Thomas’ arteries cause him debilitating symptoms, but they were also putting his life at risk. Thomas was anticipating a leg amputation.

Continue reading

Importance of Getting Zs

Does your work or home schedule keep you up late? Do you feel like you rarely get enough sleep? Research shows that not getting enough sleep can increase your risk of heart disease. It’s time to make sure you’re getting the sleep you need. Even if you can’t change your work time or schedule, there are steps you can take.

Continue reading

Heart Murmurs and Valve Disease

In most instances, heart murmurs are harmless. However, some heart murmurs can be a symptom of a more serious heart condition.

When blood flows normally through the heart valves, it makes a two-beat “lub-lub” sound. With a murmur, the blood is not flowing normally through the heart valves, and your physician may hear through a stethoscope any of a variety of “swishing” sounds that can differ in volume, pitch and duration.

Murmurs can be caused by a heart valve abnormality or a defect in the muscular structure of the heart. Some heart murmurs are not considered a problem and may be referred to as “innocent murmurs.”

Continue reading

Up to 80 Percent of Strokes can be Prevented

On average in the U.S., one person dies from stroke every four minutes. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of adult disability. But there is good news: Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.

The first step to preventing a stroke is to identify conditions that can increase your risk for stroke. Talk to your healthcare professional to learn how to treat and manage any of these conditions.

Continue reading

6 Tips for Lowering Cholesterol

If you have high cholesterol, you’re also at higher risk for heart disease. But the good news is, it’s a risk you can control. You can lower your “bad” LDL cholesterol and raise your “good  HDL cholesterol. You just have to make some simple changes.

Follow these tips to cut your cholesterol and get back on the road to good health.

 

 

 

Continue reading

Save Your Limbs by Restoring Blood Flow

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) results from the build-up of plaque (atherosclerosis) in the arteries of the legs. For most people with PAD, symptoms may be mild or absent, and no treatment of the artery blockages is required. However as these blockages become more extensive, patients may experience pain and disability that limits their walking, and in the most advanced cases individuals may be at risk for amputation unless circulation is improved.

Continue reading