Archive for April, 2016

Life After a Stroke: How a Neurologist Can Help

April 28, 2016 | Neurology

A stroke can be a life altering event that requires weeks or months of recovery. Having a skilled neurologist coordinating your care helps ensure you regain as much function as possible. Because neurologists are specially trained to understand brain function and anatomy, as well as different types of strokes, they can help you understand what caused your stroke and develop steps to reduce the risk of a future stroke.

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Understanding Your Lab Work

April 28, 2016 | Primary Care

2016-04-25 (1)Lab tests, which usually include blood or urine samples, provide your doctor a window into many vital health markers and are relatively non-invasive. While lab work can pinpoint the cause of symptoms, screen for a disease, or confirm a diagnosis, lab results are often difficult for patients to understand. A long list of numbers that indicate both results and reference ranges can look more like a high school math test than useful health information.The following guide will help you interpret many of the more common lab tests.

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Turning Healthy Choices into Long-Lasting Habits

April 25, 2016 | Primary Care

Doctors, hospitals, and the media are placing increased emphasis on wellness and disease prevention. In addition, the Internet and social media make it easier than ever to gain access to health tips, workout routines, healthy recipes, and more. Yet, many people struggle with how to make healthy choices a regular habit. Trying a few light recipes or going on an occasional run around the neighborhood will not sustain long-term health. To make healthy choices a regular part of your routine, try these tips:

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Six Questions to Ask When Looking for a Family Doctor

April 19, 2016 | Primary Care

Your relationship with your doctor isn’t top of mind every day, but if you’re sick or struggling with a chronic illness, it’s vital to have a family doctor you trust. Medical skills and training, personality, and communication styles are all factors that make the difference between a confident and comfortable relationship with your doctor and a feeling that your medical provider is just passable.

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Cholesterol Health: Signs Your Levels May Be Out of Balance

April 14, 2016 | Endocrinology

2016-04-14The word cholesterol has a bad reputation since it’s typically associated with heart disease, yet our body actually needs a certain level of cholesterol to function properly. Cholesterol helps your body make Vitamin D, which is needed to absorb calcium, and is vital in producing hormones. Cholesterol also plays a role digesting food. However, if cholesterol levels are out of balance, your body can suffer.

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