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What is Heart Scan Calcium Scoring and how can it help you?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Feb 21, 2017 1:02:48 PM

In addition to a heart-healthy diet, there are several steps you can take to ensure you're doing everything you can to avoid a cardiac event, such as knowing your risk factors. Unfortunately, many patients who experience a cardiac event never suspected that anything was wrong in the first place.

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Topics: Women's Health

Know the signs of a heart attack: They are different for men and women

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Feb 14, 2017 1:36:07 PM

Heart disease is a top killer of women. It's not just a man's disease. Unfortunately, studies show barely more than half of women recognize that heart disease is their number one killer. One contributing factor is the symptoms of heart attack can be different between the genders and not recognizing the symptoms can lead to greater risk of not surviving a heart attack.

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Topics: Women's Health

Do you know your numbers?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Feb 7, 2017 1:19:21 PM

You may have heard the phrase "know your numbers" before but what does it really mean to you and your primary care provider? The numbers primary care providers discuss with patients include blood pressure, height and weight, triglycerides, cholesterol and glucose. These numbers, known as biometrics, can provide the information you and your health care provider need to make the right decisions for a healthier life.

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Topics: Women's Health, Wellness

What is palliative care and when should it be considered?

Posted by Jason Kallestad, MD, Medical Director of Palliative Care, Ridgeview Medical Center on Feb 1, 2017 8:01:35 AM

You or someone you love has been diagnosed with a serious illness: cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic lung disease, dementia or stroke. You’ve been told “it can’t be cured but there are treatments that can buy some time.” The disease is causing bothersome or distressing symptoms. You and your family are sad and scared, wondering what to expect as time goes on. You wonder to whom you can turn for support, help managing symptoms, assistance navigating medical decisions. Someone suggested you seek out palliative care but you’ve heard that’s the same as hospice and you’re not ready for that stage. There is always hope. The key is in being thoughtful about what you choose to hope for.

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Topics: Wellness

How do you determine when your child needs to be seen by a specialist?

Posted by Gina Peschel, PA-C, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic-Dermatology on Jan 25, 2017 10:10:43 AM

Sometimes, an illness or condition is beyond the area of expertise of your child's pediatrician and your child will be referred to a specialist. In cases like this, there are several tips you should know that can help you be prepared so your child can receive the best care possible.

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Topics: Primary Care

What is a midwife and how do I choose one?

Posted by Shawn Johnson, CNM, Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics on Jan 17, 2017 1:21:30 PM

The word's "Midwife" and midwifery" can both sound a little odd until you know their true meaning. The word midwife dates back to the year 1303 and literally means "with women." Being "with women" is the core of midwifery. Midwives are "with women" throughout their lifetime, from adolescence through menopause, through pregnancy, labor and birth and everything in between.

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Topics: Women's Health

When are the winter blues more than just the blues?

Posted by Kristen Kallestad, MD, PhD, Ridgeview Winsted Clinic on Jan 10, 2017 2:01:34 PM

As we find ourselves in the dark days of winter, we may wonder if we are suffering from the winter blues. This certainly can be commonplace while living in the great north country, but does it mean we are destined to suffer until the thaw of spring?

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Topics: Wellness

Nine noteworthy nutrition goals for the new year

Posted by Anne Bechtel, RD, LD on Jan 3, 2017 1:08:26 PM

It's great to experience the refreshing feeling a new year brings. It's a chance to re-evaluate your life and think about where you might like to make changes. Statistics show that most resolutions don't work, so we're recommending developing noteworthy goals for the new year. These nine ideas will help you kick start the year to better health. Choose to focus on one, some or all nine throughout the year.

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Topics: nutrition/diet

The scale does not determine your worth

Posted by Sally Simcox, Therapeutic Coach, Ridgeview Bariatric & Weight Loss Clinic on Dec 27, 2016 1:00:00 PM

To many, the scale is more than a measure of weight. As we step both feet on the scale, a flurry of butterflies enters our bodies. We get seriously anxious. We grimace at the thought of finding a number that's too high or one that hasn't changed. These numbers may represent a lifetime of trying to lose weight, of triumphs and let-downs, of good days and bad.

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Topics: nutrition/diet

Can you make your holidays happy and conflict free?

Posted by Jane K. Sieve, LICSW, Ridgeview Clinics on Dec 20, 2016 2:38:12 PM

The holiday season is notorious for pushing family members to their limits by squeezing feasts, concerts, parties and parades into a very small time frame. Invariably, you can feel the pressures and stressors begin to mount, rendering you helpless to ward off issues of family conflict. This season, you need to prepare for and think about prevention.

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Topics: Wellness

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