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When should you get a colonoscopy?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Apr 16, 2015 1:25:00 PM

Guidelines for colon cancer screening

According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is one of the five most common types of cancer, but thanks in large part to increased awareness about the importance of colonoscopy, the death rate from colorectal cancer has been steadily declining. The key is early detection and removal of polyps that could turn into cancer.  In the second article of Ridgeview’s series about colon cancer, we get right to the bottom line: if you’re an adult of a certain age, colon screening could save your life. It’s that simple. When you should have a colonoscopy, and how often, depends on your risk level.

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Topics: Wellness, Colon Cancer

Five things you need to know about colon cancer

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Apr 14, 2015 2:24:00 PM

Understanding colonoscopy and colon cancer

Every adult should be concerned about colon cancer. According to the American Cancer Society it is one of the five most common forms of cancer in the U.S., and of the top causes of cancer deaths. Early detection is crucial, though, so Ridgeview is sharing a three-part series about colon cancer to help you learn more about colonoscopies and other colon cancer screenings that could save your life. In this first article, we’ll detail five key facts you need to know about colon cancer.

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Topics: Colon Cancer

Strength training tips for beginners

Posted by Sandra Hanson, ATC, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Apr 9, 2015 9:55:00 AM

Getting started: strength training 101

In this “best of” Health eViews blog series, Sandra Hanson, ATC, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties, offers tips to get started with strength training – From an earlier Health eViews Blog by Sandra Hanson, ATC.

If you aim to lead an active lifestyle, strength training can be an effective way to stay in shape, reach your fitness goals and lose weight. Sandra Hanson, ATC, is an athletic trainer and exercise physiologist at Ridgeview Rehab Specialties in Chaska, Minnesota. With expertise in sports performance enhancement, medically supervised weight loss, adolescent nutrition and emergency care, she shares some advice on how to strength train.

Cardiovascular exercise, strength training and flexibility are all necessary components of a well-rounded fitness program. Strength training generates the most questions. Most people can easily accomplish their cardio regimen, but they struggle to develop a comprehensive strength-training program.

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Topics: Women's Health, Fitness/activity, Wellness

Exercise tips from a Ridgeview doctor

Posted by Dr. Nina Hamza on Apr 7, 2015 2:03:00 PM

Why should you exercise?

In this “best of” Health eViews blog series, Nina Hamza, MD, provides insight about why exercise is important in everyone’s life. – from an earlier Health eViews blog by Nina Hamza, MD.

I have life-long issues with exercise. Like forcing myself to have good nutrition by drinking milk or eating my veggies. I know it’s good for me, I know I need to do it and I know I feel fantastic when I do. My intent is perfection. My follow-through, however, is often lacking.

Why is it that we know the downside to exercising is limited and we know the benefits are almost endless yet many of us still find it difficult to do? Regardless of your current situation, the truth is that there is most likely some sort of exercise you can start.

We’ve heard it all before but here it is again: a list of just some of the benefits of exercise. And remember, this list seems to be getting longer every day.

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Topics: Fitness/activity

Make the most of your annual physical

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Apr 2, 2015 10:33:00 AM

Questions to ask your doctor during an annual physical

In this “best of” Health eViews blog series about common health issues, Ridgeview shares questions to ask your doctor to make the most of your annual physical. – from an earlier Health eViews blog.

Getting an annual physical is one of the simplest ways to ensure you’re staying healthy. Preventing disease or other problems is always ideal, and it’s certainly better to uncover potential issues early. If you’re grappling with a chronic health condition, it’s even more important to see your doctor regularly. This article will help you identify questions to ask your doctor during an annual physical.

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Finding the right family physician

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Mar 31, 2015 1:27:00 PM

How to choose the right family medicine provider 

In this “best of” Health eViews blog series about common health issues, Ridgeview shares helpful tips to help you choose a provider that meets your needs. – from an earlier Health eViews blog.

The doctor-patient relationship is very personal, so choosing the right family medicine provider is essential. Studies have shown that if you maintain an ongoing relationship with your doctor, you are more likely to enjoy better health, reduce your risk of chronic disease, and lower your total cost of care. In the first article in our series about family physicians and medicine, we’ll offer some tips to find the right fit for you and your loved ones.  

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Do you know enough about your pain medication?

Posted by Dr. Nina Hamza on Mar 26, 2015 4:57:00 PM

Make an educated choice with pain medication

In this “best of” Health eViews blog series about common health issues, Nina Hamza, MD, has some advice for everyone about correctly choosing and using pain medication with “Make an educated choice with pain medication.” – from an earlier Health eViews blog by Dr. Nina Hamza.

“Take two aspirin and call me in the morning.”

Timeless advice but sometimes choosing the right pain medication is neither easy nor clear. It is important, however, to have some basic information about pain medication. It is also important to get that information from a source other than an advertisement on TV.

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How do I know if I'm having a heart attack?

Posted by Andraya J. Huldeen, MD on Mar 24, 2015 7:32:00 PM

Examining six facts about heart disease in women

In this “best of HealtheViews” blog about women’s health issues, Andraya Huldeen, MD, has some advice for all women about your heart. Dr. Huldeen is an OB-GYN at Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics.doctor_with_lady

“I’m so nauseated and tired, I must be coming down with something.”

If you’re a woman and you feel this way, you could be “coming down” with a heart attack. Since it’s literally a life-and-death matter, it pays to know the facts and myths about heart disease in women, which can be very different from men.

In this third part of our 10-article blog series on women’s health issues, Andraya Huldeen, MD, has some advice for all women about your heart. Dr. Huldeen is an OB-GYN at Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics.
“Heart disease is a top killer of women,” says Dr. Huldeen. “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. These sobering statistics from the American Heart Association should make you think more seriously about your own risk and how you can lower it by improving your heart health:
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No excuses: Five common barriers to exercise

Posted by Jessica Hess, MA, ATC, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Mar 19, 2015 2:44:00 PM

Top exercise excuses and how to beat them

Warmer temperatures are here and now is a great time to take steps toward a healthier you. To help you spring into action, Ridgeview shares these tips from an earlier Health eViews blog by Jessica Hess.

Most of us know that regular exercise helps maintain a healthy weight and reduces the risk of various

diseases. But sticking to a regular exercise program isn’t easy; this is something we can all agree on. Everyone experiences common barriers to exercise, so just how do we get past these roadblocks to a healthy lifestyle?

Fortunately, our sports medicine coordinator at Ridgeview Rehab Specialties, Jessica Hess, MA, ATC, has some great advice to help you overcome your barriers and make exercise a part of your daily life. Jessica examines five of the most common "exercise avoidance" excuses men and women give and explains how to overcome them.

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Topics: Women's Health, Fitness/activity, Wellness

Tips to help you sleep at night

Posted by Dr. Nina Hamza on Mar 17, 2015 10:29:00 AM

Advice from an insomniacgirl_sleeping_in_flowers

Has Daylight Saving Time disrupted your sleeping patterns? To help you get a good night's rest, Ridgeview suggests these “tips to Help You Sleep” – from an earlier Health eViews blog by Dr. Nina Hamza.

I’m an insomniac. Those of you out there who share this malady know my pain. You know what it means to look at the clock at 3 a.m. and quickly do the math to see how many hours of sleep you can still get if you could only get back to sleep. If only.

So how much sleep do you really need? As much as it takes. You should feel refreshed when you wake up. If you are not so lucky and find yourself a (reluctant) member of the insomniac club, there are a few things you can do.

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Topics: Wellness

Medical and health information presented here is intended to be general in nature, and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with a health care professional for all matters relating to personal medical and health care issues. In case of an emergency, please call 911. 
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