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

Top foods to help your hypertension

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Mar 5, 2015 10:52:00 AM

Lower your blood pressure with a healthy diet

Blood pressure monitoring is one of the most basic of heart tests, and it’s the only way to know if you’re at risk for hypertension. Whether your numbers look great or you need to take steps to bring them down, the food you eat can be your first line of defense. There’s nothing boring about a heart-healthy diet, so there are no excuses.

In this article about hypertension, we’ll recommend some easy ways you can plan a diet and choose specific foods to help lower your blood pressure.

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Why should you worry about hypertension?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Mar 3, 2015 3:31:00 PM

High blood pressure concerns and conditions

There are plenty of reasons to worry about hypertensionBecause hypertension has few symptoms, you could be at risk for heart issues as well as other serious health problems. In this article about hypertension, we'll provide information about what can happen when high blood pressure goes untreated.

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How do I treat my high blood pressure?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Feb 26, 2015 10:37:00 AM

Your treatment options for high blood pressure

If your doctor tells you your blood pressure is too high, also known as hypertension, you'll want to know what treatment options are available. In this third article in Ridgeview's series about hypertension and heart health, we’ll share some of the common treatments for high blood pressure. 

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What are the symptoms of hypertension?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Feb 24, 2015 12:20:00 PM

How to know if you have high blood pressure

Often, what's most concerning about high blood pressure is the lack of warning signs. In this article about doctor_with_patienthypertension, we'll discuss symptoms and risks for your heart health. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, rarely produces any outward signs until it becomes extreme. That makes it potentially very dangerous for your heart health.

Unfortunately, most people don’t realize there are no reliable indicators or symptoms of high blood pressure, so they assume they aren’t at risk as long as they feel fine. In fact, problems such as sweating, facial flushing, blood spots in your eyes, nosebleeds, dizziness, nervousness and trouble sleeping–often thought to be symptoms of high blood pressureare not caused by hypertension.

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What should you know about hypertension?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Feb 19, 2015 12:27:00 PM

Questions to ask your doctor about high blood pressure

One factor that affects your heart health is hypertension, or high blood pressure. Since your blood pressure typically increases as you age, it’s a subject you should regularly discuss with your health care provider. To help, Ridgeview is sharing a five-part series on hypertension. In this first article, we offer suggestions to help you ask your doctor about high blood pressure. 

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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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