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Women’s Healthy Weight Day

January 22, 2015 | Awareness (Week/Month)

A Healthy Approach to Weight and Body Image

Recognizing and appreciating diversity in women includes weight and body images and LeBauer Primary Care supports our patients living healthy lifestyles for a lifetime.

Health Education

LeBauer has provided education on a number of previous blogs in the LeBauer News on our website. Features have included articles throughout October for Breast Cancer Awareness month and more recently the health education blog on cervical cancer screening and prevention.  As Women’s Healthy Weight Day is recognized this week, LeBauer wants to promote an understanding of your healthy weight and not the media’s image, or solely based on a BMI or your weight when you step on the scales. Understanding your lifestyle, preventive measures, and risk factors are important to managing your health based on your family history and your current health and weight.

Establish Care with a Primary Care Provider

Establishing a primary care provider to assess your current health and weight and to provide information on maintaining and improving your health is the first step. Following up with routine office visits and/or specialists if needed and on an annual basis for preventive care visits would be next. Most importantly, you should not ignore signs that may indicate urgent and more serious medical issues.

Treatment and Care Options

A combination of treatment and care options recommended by a LeBauer Primary Care provider is a healthy approach to weight management and becoming comfortable with your body image and overall health.  A variety of approaches may be discussed and you can access your medical information and contact your provider easily with MyChart to continue to manage your health.

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Call us at one of our locations and make an appointment to establish your care at a LeBauer Primary Care office today!

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Living a Healthy Lifestyle: The Four Foundational Keys

January 21, 2015 | Awareness (Week/Month)

PrimaryCare_resizedThe message is clear: being healthy is in! It seems like every time we turn on the TV there is a commercial for a new weight loss program or gym membership. These days there is a huge emphasis on “eating right” and living a healthy lifestyle, but did you know that very few American adults actually meet the criteria for a healthy lifestyle?

According to a recent study done by the Archives of Internal Medicine, only 3% of American adults got a perfect score on what experts say are the four basic keys for healthy living, with women scoring slightly higher than men. So what are these, you might ask? The four foundational keys to a healthy lifestyle are the following:

  • Do you smoke?
  • Are you able to maintain a healthy weight with a BMI of 18-25 or are you successfully losing weight to achieve a healthy weight?
  • Do you eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily?
  • Do you exercise 30 minutes or more, 5 times a week?

In addition to all of these essential elements of health, our Primary Care team also includes sleep, making sure you get 7-8 hours per night.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be a difficult task. Let the experts at LeBauer HealthCare create a targeted, easy to follow plan for your success and help you get started on the right track today!

High-Quality Care

LeBauer HealthCare’s board-certified providers are located at a site conveniently located near you with extended hours for accessibility.

The LeBauer Primary Care physicians want to help you develop a targeted plan to achieve your health goals. We believe that we understand our patients and can improve their lives through treatment and support.

Call LeBauer HealthCare today!

Providing expert care to the Piedmont Triad community, the Primary Care team at LeBauer HealthCare is qualified to meet all your healthcare needs and give you an action plan for success. Contact a LeBauer office near you today to schedule an appointment or give them a call at 336-547-1792.

 

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MyChart, My Health and Well-Being

January 19, 2015 | Awareness (Week/Month), Community

LeBauer Primary Care recognizes the primary care doctor’s role in building relationships and developing good communication with our patients to promote health and well-being, and understand that providing convenient access to the provider is important too.  This is why LeBauer Primary Care provides an online tool, MyChart, to do all of that.  MyChart is online access to your health information and provider from anywhere at any time.

Some of the benefits of MyChart include:

  • Convenient access to your test results online
  • Ability to communicate with your provider via secure messages
  • Ability to print your health summary to share with other providers
  • Ability to schedule, reschedule, or cancel appointments online
  • Available through a website or smart phone app
  • View your medication list and allergy information
  • Stay up-to-date on your preventive care through health reminders

If you need to establish with a LeBauer primary care doctor, we can help you make an appointment  and learn more about MyChart!  And current patients who would like more information should call one of our locations, to ask how to get started with MyChart today!

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Cervical Cancer Screening Month: Planning Equals Prevention

January 16, 2015 | Awareness (Week/Month)

New to LeBauerWhat would you say if we at Lebauer HealthCare told you that there is one cancer you can prevent just by making an appointment with our Primary Care physicians?

The easiest gynecologic cancer to prevent, cervical cancer starts in the cells lining the cervix and is avoidable with regular screening tests and follow-up. LeBauer’s Primary Care team recommends annual exams and screening tests for every female patient. There are two main screening tests that can help prevent cervical cancer or find it quickly.

Recommended to all women between the ages of 21 and 65 years old, the Pap Test (or Pap smear) looks for cell changes on the cervix that might become cervical cancer if not treated. To complete a Pap test, cells are collected and sent to a laboratory where doctors run tests to make sure that the cells are normal. Doctors may also perform a pelvic exam during the Pap test, which checks the organs surrounding the pelvis to make sure there are no problems there as well.

The HPV test looks for the virus that causes these cell changes. If you get the HPV test along with the Pap test, the cells collected in the Pap test will be tested for HPV at the laboratory.

Professional Care

LeBauer HealthCare’s team of board-certified providers bring comprehensive care to the Piedmont Triad region. Our Primary Care physicians work to assist you in recognizing the symptoms of cervical cancer and responding quickly and correctly, improving outcomes for both children and adults. With proper education, we believe that we can understand and improve lives through treatment and support.

Patient Education

This month, our series will focus on Cervical Cancer screenings, treatment options and support available for patients and families. It is always important to make sure you recognize your symptoms as soon as possible in order to receive the best treatment options for your Cervical Cancer.

Treatments could include a range of options, such as:

  • Testing to further understand symptoms
  • Stress management
  • Medication management
Call LeBauer HealthCare today!

Providing high-quality care to the Piedmont Triad community, the Primary Care team at LeBauer HealthCare is qualified to meet all your healthcare needs. Give us a call at at 336-547-1792 or schedule an appointment at a LeBauer office near you today.

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Glaucoma Awareness Month: What Everyone Should Know

January 8, 2015 | Awareness (Week/Month)

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The second leading cause of blindness, Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve leading to irreversible vision loss. People diagnosed with diabetes are twice as likely to develop Open-Angle Glaucoma, the most common form of this disease, affecting over 3 million Americans to date.

At LeBauer HealthCare, our goal is to help Glaucoma patients experience the highest level of care and an improved quality of life through managing this complex disease. Throughout January, Glaucoma Awareness Month, we will be featuring a series of blogs to educate the community about this disease.

High-Quality Care

LeBauer HealthCare’s team of board-certified providers includes Dr. Thomas L. Jones, Dr. Amy E. Bedsole, Dr. Stephen A. Fry and several others from the Primary Care team who bring comprehensive care to the Piedmont Triad region.

The LeBauer Primary Care physicians want to help you recognize Glaucoma symptoms and respond quickly and correctly, improving outcomes for both children and adults. With proper education, we believe that we can understand and improve lives through treatment and support.

Patient Education

This month, our series will focus on defining Glaucoma, its relation to diabetes, symptoms, treatment options and support available for patients and families. It is always important to make sure you recognize your symptoms as soon as possible in order to receive the best treatment options for your Glaucoma.

Treatments could include a range of options, such as:

  • Testing to further understand symptoms
  • Stress management
  • Medication management
Call LeBauer HealthCare today!

Providing expert care to the Piedmont Triad community, the Primary Care team at LeBauer HealthCare is qualified to meet all your healthcare needs. Call a LeBauer office near you today to schedule an appointment or give them a call at 336-547-1792.

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The Great American Smokeout

November 27, 2014 | Awareness (Week/Month)

With roughly 42 million American smokers, the American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout annually on the third Thursday of November. This initiative empowers smokers to make a plan for quitting. Even if they choose to honor the day by not smoking for 24 hours, a stride is made in the right direction. Since the 1970s, the Great American Smokeout has challenged people to stop using tobacco, and continues to help today by providing tools and resources for people to become and stay smoke free.

The Case for Quitting

According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S. Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, hundreds of which are toxic and 70 of which are known to cause cancer, putting smokers at greater risk for the following health concerns:

Heart disease
Emphysema
Chronic bronchitis
Lung cancer
And many more devastating diseases

The good news: the benefits of quitting begin immediately after a person stops smoking. Quitting at a young age can greatly reduce your health risks, but quitting at any age can provide further years and quality of life.

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*Graphic created and provided by the American Cancer Society.

Resources For Smokers

Research shows that smokers are most successful in kicking the habit when they have support. Using two or more of these resources works better than using one alone.

  • Telephone smoking-cessation hotlines in NC: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
  • Stop-smoking groups, online quit groups, counseling
  • Nicotine replacement products
  • Prescription medicine to reduce cravings
  • Guidebooks
  • Encouragement and support from friends and family members
Helpful Links

Quitline NC

Stay Away From Tobacco

Quit Net

Smoking-Related Medical Issues?

LeBauer Pulmonary/Critical Care physicians offer compassionate care for individuals who may be dealing with smoking-related medical issues.  For more information about LeBauer Pulmonary/Critical Care services and physicians, please call us at 336.547.1700 or learn more at our website https://www.lebauer.com/services/pulmonarycritical-care/.

 

Sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

American Cancer Society

Quitline NC

 

 

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Avoid Overeating Because of Stress

November 21, 2014 | Awareness (Week/Month), Event

Dr. Gutterman discussed how to avoid overeating due to stress with FOX8 this week.  Watch Dr. Gutterman’s Interview  for answers on how to manage your stress and eating.

Dr. Gutterman is the Clinical Director of Behavioral Medicine and provides services at our Elam location. A licensed psychologist, he has more than 20 years experience in treating adolescents, adults, couples and families. He offers confidential treatment to meet your specific needs.

 

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What if You Are the First Responder to a Seizure?

November 19, 2014 | Awareness (Week/Month), Neurology

epilepsyawarenessThe first response often makes a life-changing difference for someone who is having a seizure. Dr. Jaffe, along with the LeBauer Neurology team, educates patients and their families on ways to help when a seizure occurs. Even if you do not have a family member with epilepsy, it is important to be aware of ways to handle this emergency situation and keep a patient safe. The last blog posts from LeBauer shared information to help you recognize when a seizure is occurring, and this post will help you prepare to respond with ten simple steps.

10 Steps for the Seizure First Responder:

1) Keep calm and prevent injury.

2) Remove items that may get in the way of the person’s breathing.

3) Time the seizure with a watch to be aware of length of seizure.

4) Don’t hold a person down or put anything in their mouth.

5) Turn the person gently on their side to help keep their airway clear.

6) Only attempt CPR after the seizure ends and if the person is not breathing.

7) Stay present until the seizure ends naturally and the person is fully awake.

8) Do not offer the person water or food until seizure ends naturally and they are stable.

9) Be friendly and reassuring to them as they regain consciousness.

10) Offer to call a taxi or a friend/family member to drive them home, if needed.

When does it become an Emergency that requires you to call 911?

CDC shares information on different types of seizures and when to consider a seizure an emergency. Click here to learn more about when you should call 911.

Have you or a loved one suffered a seizure?

LeBauer Neurology is home to three board-certified providers. Specializing in complex neurological disorders such as epilepsy, they have the knowledge and skills to improve patients’ overall quality of life. If you or a loved one suffers from seizures, contact us today. If not, we hope you will share this post in honor of National Epilepsy Awareness Month.

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Pulmonary Fibrosis Breakthrough News Features Dr. Murali Ramaswamy

November 14, 2014 | Awareness (Week/Month), Event

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive, irreversible form of interstitial lung disease (ILD).  It is estimated that there are between 50,000 and 70,000 patients living with IPF in the United States, and the disease typically affects people aged 50 and older.  Until recently, there was no definitive treatment, short of lung transplant, for IPF, according to myfox8, House Calls, Morning Show news that features Dr. Ramaswamy.

However, just this month, the FDA approved two new medications, pirfenidone and nintedanib, that help slow the progression of IPF.  Learn more from Dr. Ramaswamy during his interview on myfox8, House Calls, Morning Show news .

 

 

 

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