Pomerene Hospital Blog
Let’s face it; we all LOVE to eat! As youngsters, love of food was more about flavor.But as we age; we are faced with the fact that to maintain good health, food must not only taste good, but must also nourish our bodies (which includes our hearts) , as well.The root cause of heart disease includes a multitude of factors. Heart healthy eating, however, is at the center of improving cardiac risk, and/or progression of heart disease.
Consequently, one of the manageable things we can do to decrease heart disease risk is to make dietary alterations which include increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables, and decrease foods high in simple sugars, salt, saturated fat and cholesterol.
Below are some dietary interventions which may assist you in improving daily intake.
1)Yogurt- left unchecked gum disease can increase risk of heart disease.Fermented foods such as yogurt help to normalize the flora in the mouth and gut, keeping microbes in check.
2)Whole grains – contain fiber from bran.Studies have shown that increasing fiber in the daily diet can lower cholesterol levels, thus decreasing heart disease risk.
3)Nuts; such as walnuts, almonds, and macadamias provide monounsaturated fats, which tend to help reduce bad cholesterol levels.
4)Salmon/fatty fish eaten at least once a week,provide Omega 3 fats,which are beneficial in normalizing the lipid profile
5)Dark chocolate (yes, I said chocolate!) helps boost the immune system by reducing inflammation.
6)Beans are full of soluable fiber which attaches to, and helps carry extra cholesterol out of the body.
7)Tomatoes contain a concentration of antioxidants (lycopene) and vitamins/minerals (vit A, vit C, Potassium) which all aid in reducing inflammation and maintaining integrity of tissues.
Blog Written by Carol Denbow, RD, LD
In the United States 1 in 4 women will die from heart disease and it is the leading cause of disability among women. The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries (blood vessels) surrounding the heart. After menopause a woman's risk of heart attack increases 2-3- times and equals that of men. But women of all ages should be concerned about heart disease, especially if close family members have heart disease.
While death rates from heart disease have dropped in the last 30 years, they have not dropped as much in women as in men. Women also have more difficulty in making a full recovery following a heart attack than men.
Although the traditional risk factors for coronary artery disease affect women and men, other factors may play a bigger role in the development of heart disease in women. The following risk factors have a greater impact on women than men.
Although the traditional risk factors for coronary artery disease affect women and men, other factors may play a bigger role in the development of heart disease in women. The following risk factors have a greater impact on women than men:
- Metabolic syndrome, a combination of fat around your abdomen, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high triglycerides.
- Mental stress and depression
- Decreasing levels of estrogen after menopause pose a significant risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease in the smaller blood vessels surrounding the heart.
Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack
The classic signs and symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain, jaw pain, indigestion, and pain radiating down the left arm. However, the symptoms of a heart attack often vary with women. While the most common symptom remains chest pain, other symptoms may include indigestion, pain in the upper abdomen and pain under the shoulder blade or fatigue.
When these atypical signs and symptoms occur, they are often not recognized as symptoms of a heart attack and treatment may be delayed resulting in a poorer outcome. Heart and vascular disease has claimed more women's lives than men since 1984. The good news is that you can control many heart disease risk factors. All women can take steps to prevent heart disease by practicing the following health lifestyle habits:
- Have a physical every year. Discuss your family history and your risk factors with your doctor.
- Know your numbers. Have your blood pressure, cholesterol (total, HDL, LDL, triglycerides), and blood glucose checked yearly and work with your doctor to improve any numbers that are abnormal.
- Don't smoke and if you do, quit. Smoking increases risk for heart attack 2- 6 times. Smoking also increases the risk of stroke and cancer.
- Aim for healthy weight. Overweight and obesity cause many preventable deaths.
- Get moving. Be more physically active. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on most, preferable all, days of the week.
- Eat for heart health. Choose a diet low in saturated fat, trans-fat, and cholesterol.
How Can Pomerene Help You?
Please visit Pomerene Hospital's Holmes County Cardiology Services for more information. You are just one step away from a healthier heart!
Blog written by Joel Chupp, RN, BSN, RVT
To help improve your health and the health of your baby, there are two areas of focus: nutrition and exercise. Research shows that women who exercise before and during pregnancy and eat a balanced nutritional diet, have better pregnancies and better pregnancy outcomes.
Eating for Two
Consuming well balanced meals are very important. A guide for a well balanced diet can be found at: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/. You should consume about 300 more calories daily than you did before becoming pregnant. These extra calories will allow your baby to grow. Pregnant women should never participate in fad or low-calorie dieting.
Follow your obstetrician’s advice regarding prenatal vitamins. It is very important to have an adequate intake (generally, 400 micrograms a day) of folic acid. It is very important to inform your physician about any supplements you may be taking, including herbal remedies. Drinking at least 64 ounces of water daily is strongly suggested to decrease your risk of dehydration.
As exercise is important at any stage of life, it is just as important when a woman is pregnant. One main focus during exercise is to not over do it. If you did not exercise before you became pregnant your obstetrician may suggest a moderate exercise plan, such as walking or swimming. Even a ten to fifteen minute exercise plan can generate energy. You should always discuss exercise plans with your physician. Avoid jumping and jarring movements. Be sure to drink plenty of water while exercising.
How Can Pomerene Help You?
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your lifestyle during pregnancy, please visit Pomerene Hospital’s Maternity page for more information on the health of you and your baby.
Blog written by Hannah Jacobs, RN
As 2014 comes to an end and we begin 2015, it is time to take a moment to think about the things we would like to accomplish or change for the New Year. Are you one of those individuals who make New Year’s resolutions each year and simply does not follow the agenda? Are you simply stuck on which resolution you should focus on? If this is you, you are not alone!
According to forbes.com, out of the 40% of people who make New Year’s resolutions, only 8% actually achieve their goals. Why do so many people fail at goal-setting, and what are the secrets behind those who succeed? Basically, you need to keep it simple and make it tangible. With so many competing priorities in your life, you must make simple, realistic goals you know can be accomplished. It is important to avoid setting such ambitious goals that most likely may lead to failure or frustration.
Below, you will find suggestions for New Year’s resolutions that are sure to start year 2015 off right!
Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for 2015:
Source: IB Times
1. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise! Now that the holiday feasts and merry baking are over, it is time to focus on the health of your body. Start year 2015 off right by working out regularly and eating a healthy diet to shred the unwanted pounds. Try working out with a friend, it’s more fun! Visit Pomerene Hospital’s Health and Wellness page for more information.
2. Cut Back On Sugar. No matter what, it is always a good idea to minimize overall sugar intake. If you have a reoccurring sweet tooth, grab for fruits instead of processed desserts like cookies, candies, and cakes. Visit Pomerene Hospital’s Nutritional Counseling page for more information.
3. Prioritize Time For YOU. Taking care of YOU is not a selfish act. It will actually help you recharge and feel much better about yourself and your loved ones. Whether you go to the spa, a movie, or simply sip on tea while reading a new book, make sure you pencil in “Me” time.
4. Give More Hugs and Be Happy. By simply giving the gift of a hug to someone, it will not only make that person feel better, but it will also make you happy and less stressed. In 2015, focus on making others happy so you can follow along.
5. Get More Sleep. In 2015, make it a priority to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night. This will recharge your body after a long day’s work and you will be ready to tackle each task with ease the next day! If you are having trouble sleeping, please visit Pomerene Hospital’s Sleep Lab page.
You have a New Year in front of you filled with wonderful opportunities. Pomerene Hospital wishes you the best of luck on achieving your New Year’s resolutions.
National Influenza Vaccination week is Dec. 7-13th. Just in time as this year’s flu season is in full swing. So what can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones?
Influenza or the flu is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs that is easily spread from person to person. Symptoms include:
• High fever
• Sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Sore muscles
People can spread the flu from one day before getting sick to up to five or more days after becoming sick.
Those At Risk
The flu effects everyone but can result in serious complications for certain populations including pregnant women, children under five years of age, adults 50 years of age and older, and those with chronic medical conditions such as:
• Respiratory problems (Asthma, COPD)
• Diabetes Mellitus
• Kidney Disease
• Cardiovascular Disease
• Blood disorders
• Morbid Obesity
Tips For Protection
• Flu Vaccine
Everyone 6 months or older should be vaccinated every year, and children 9 years of age and younger who are getting their first flu shot this year will need two doses of the influenza vaccine at least 28 days apart.There are two types of the influenza vaccine—IIV (Inactivated Influenza Vaccine) or LAIV (Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine).
Here are a few things to consider before choosing.
- The IIV or inactivated vaccine is available to anyone who is six months or older and is given by a shot in the arm.
- The LAIV or live attenuated vaccine is given through a nasal spray but is only available to those persons who are not pregnant, are 2-49 yrs of age, and who are healthy. People who have a history of asthma or have any other underlying medical condition should not get the LAIV.
In addition to getting vaccinated, you and your loved ones can take everyday precautions such as:
• Eating Healthy
• Managing Stress
• Getting Vitamin D
• Washing your hands frequently using soap and water for at least 20 seconds
• Covering your cough or sneeze by using a tissue or your upper sleeve
• Stay away from others who are sick and stay home if you yourself are sick
For more information about the flu, check with your local health care provider, health department, or the helpful staff at Pomerene Hospital.
All About Diabetes
Diabetes Type 2 is a disease of unknown cause. One in three persons born today will develop Diabetes during their lifetime and it is known that some individuals are more inclined than others to develop the disease. The Diabetes epidemic is a major Public Health concern worldwide and is now the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Historically, Diabetes Type 2 has been a disease of later life. The prevalence, however, is increasing and the age of onset is now including young adults and even children. Anyone who notices symptoms of Diabetes, or who has risk factors for a Diabetes diagnosis would be wise to visit their doctor for baseline labs.
Risk factors for Diabetes include:
• Lack of Physical Activity
• Over the age of 40
• History of High Blood Pressure
• Having had a baby weighing over 9 pounds
• Having had Gestational Diabetes during a pregnancy
Symptoms of diabetes include:
• Excessive hunger and/or thirst
• Frequent urination
• Blurred vision
• Mood changes
• Unintended weight loss
• Sores which do not heal
Diabetes in the Past
In past decades, Diabetes was often left undiagnosed until severe symptoms developed. Only then did individuals bring their complications to the attention of their physician. By this time, a patient’s insulin production may have ceased resulting in compromised kidney function, heart vessel/nerve function, extremity circulation, eyesight and dental health. Damage from prolonged glucose elevation can be extensive and irreversible. It is estimated that the average diabetic patient today has had Diabetes for 5 years prior to diagnosis.
Self Management Education Programs
The goal of Certified Diabetes Self Management Education programs, such as Pomerene’s, is to increase awareness, encourage early diagnosis, and implement early interventions; in an effort to statistically lessen complications of the disease. According to the landmark study conducted by the National Institute of Diabetes, and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, (Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) 1983-1993) showed that keeping blood sugar levels close to normal range drastically slowed onset and/or progression of diabetic nerve damage. Therefore our goal is to see patients in our clinic at the onset of their diagnosis.
There are three lab ranges which tell us where a patient is on the Diabetes continuum:
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Studies are now finding that Diabetic nerve damage can actually begin in the Pre- Diabetic range. Once a patient is diagnosed with Diabetes, it is vitally important they obtain useful self-management skills. Self management skills include a combination of diet, exercise, proper medication, and glucose self-monitoring. Self management is the key to controlling Diabetes and maintaining good health.
How Pomerene Can Help You
Pomerene Hospital offers a self-management course in Diabetes Care. A physician referral is needed for class registration. The course is accredited through the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and is taught by an RN Diabetes Educator, and a Registered Dietitian.
Please call our office if you have any questions regarding our program-330-674-1015, extension 1023. To learn more about diabetes, please visit our website.
Are You Ready to “Fall Back” This Weekend?
Daylight Saving Time will end at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 2nd and we all know what that means: It’s time to set your clocks back an hour. Thanks to the extra hour, “falling back” is not as nearly as disruptive to our bodies as “springing forward.” Our bodies’ circadian rhythms, or natural biologic clocks, can usually adjust quickly to the additional hour. Because the biologic clock is slightly longer than 24 hours, it is usually much easier to sleep an hour later than to get up an hour earlier. Let’s admit it, we love our sleep!
There are millions of Americans who report trouble getting a good night’s sleep. Think about all the factors that can interfere with a good night’s sleep – from pressure at work and family responsibilities to unexpected challenges, such as layoffs, relationship issues, or illnesses. It is no wonder that the quality of sleep is sometimes elusive. Although you may not be able to control all of the factors that interfere with your sleeping pattern, there are habits that you can adopt to encourage better sleep.
Start with these simple sleep tips offered by the National Sleep Foundation:1. Stick to the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends! This helps to regulate your body’s biologic clock, as we spoke about earlier, and could help you fall asleep and stay asleep for the night.
2. Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual. Take this time to wind down. Have a relaxing routine before bedtime, such as soaking in a hot bath, reading or listening to soothing music. It is best to avoid electronics before bedtime.
3. Avoid naps, especially in the afternoon. We are ALL guilty of napping. Every once in a while, nothing sounds more soothing than a nice, relaxing nap allowing us to simmer down after a productive day. Power napping may help you get through the day by keeping your nap between 20-30 minutes. Whatever you do, try not to avoid afternoon naps.
4. Exercise daily. Vigorous exercise is best, but even light exercise is better than no activity. Get those running shoes on!
5. Evaluate your room. Design your sleep environment to establish the conditions you need to sleep. It should be dark, cool, quiet, and most of all comfortable.
6. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and heavy meals in the evening. Alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine can disrupt sleep. Eating big or spicy meals can cause discomfort from indigestion that can make it hard to go to sleep. It is good to finish eating at lease 2-3 hours before bedtime.
7. If you can’t sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired. It is best to take work materials, computers and television out of the sleeping environment. Use your bed only for what it is made for.
Healthy sleep habits can make a big difference in your quality of life. Follow these healthy sleeping tips to encourage good sleep hygiene!
If you regularly experience daytime drowsiness, fatigue or disturbed sleep, speak to your doctor or consult with a sleep medicine specialist. You may do this by visiting Pomerene Hospital’s Sleep Lab Service.
What is there to know about breast cancer?
Has breast cancer affected your life? With almost 3 million women
that have been diagnosed with breast cancer today, chances are your
mother, daughter, sister, or friend has or will have breast cancer
sometime in their life. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), 1
out of every 8 women will develop breast cancer (12%). Approximately 1
out of 36 (3%) women will die from breast cancer, making it the second
most deadly cancer among women.
The risk of dying from breast cancer can be greatly decreased by having an annual mammogram and performing self breast exams. Cancers are easier to treat when found at an early stage. The best tool for finding breast cancer at these earlier stages is having an annual screening mammogram.
Recommendations for women without breast symptoms are listed below:
• Clinical breast exams by a health professional should begin at age 20, and is recommended at least every 3 years.
• At age 40, women should begin having clinical breast exams yearly, along with an annual mammogram, and continue having them every year while in good health.
• Women at high risk, such as family history, prior radiation therapy to the chest, or known genetic mutations, should consider additional imaging with the recommendation of a health professional.
Prevention of breast cancer includes:
• Healthy diets
• Increased Vitamin D and fiber
• Moderate exercise
• Decreased alcohol consumption
Pomerene Can Help You!
We at Pomerene, would like to encourage you, your friends and family, to take a stand against breast cancer and have an annual mammogram. Our digital technology gives us great imaging detail for the radiologist to interpret, which includes CAD (computer-aided detection) that assist the radiologist during mammography interpretation. Our mammography services also include screening and diagnostic imaging, ultrasound, breast MRI, and biopsy techniques.
The staff at Pomerene is part of the “Go-Soft Campaign”, which means we make the exam as comfortable as possible by using a soft pad on the mammography unit. During the month of October, Pomerene offers a $20 savings on mammogram testing when you schedule a mammogram. There’s no better time to have a mammogram than during Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Set Up Your Mammogram Today
For more information about out mammography services please call Pomerene Hospital Radiology at 330-674-1584 extension 4124 or visit our Mammography Services page.