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Avoid frostbite during extreme cold temperatures this week

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Jan 29, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Exposure to extreme cold for a long time can damage your skin and the tissues underneath. That damage is called frostbite, and it’s the most common freezing injury. Frostbite doesn’t just hurt, it can lead to dangerous health consequences if not caught and treated in time. With the arrival of colder temperatures, it's the start of another frostbite season and it's important to take steps to avoid frostbite.

Prevention is the easiest way to avoid frostbite.

Any part of your body can suffer from frostbite, but your extremities – hands, feet, nose, and ears – are the most at risk. The most common contributors to frostbite are wet clothing, exposure to high winds, and poor blood circulation. Blood flow may be restricted due to things you can control such as:

  • Tight clothing or boots.
  • Sitting or crouching in a cramped position.
  • Smoking or alcohol use.

Poor circulation is also an issue for people who take beta-blocker medications or who have medical conditions that affect the blood vessels, such as diabetes or Raynaud’s phenomenon.

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What to do if you receive a cancer diagnosis

Posted by Purvi Gada, MD, Minnesota Oncology and Ridgeview Cancer & Infusion Center on Jan 23, 2019 1:53:47 PM

If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with cancer, you're probably filled with questions and concerns about available treatment options, cost of treatment and fears about the future. The cancer care team from Minnesota Oncology & Ridgeview Cancer & Infusion Center has created the following information to provide guidance and answer questions to help you choose the best way forward.

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Are over-the-counter sleep aids effective? When should you see your provider?

Posted by Jeremy Ellinghuysen, manager, Ridgeview Sleep Center on Jan 15, 2019 1:30:00 PM

When determining if you should take over-the-counter sleep aids or see your provider, we first need to address the questions “What is bad sleep and are you experiencing bad sleep?”

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Does shoveling snow increase the risk of heart attacks?

Posted by David Larson, MD, Ridgeview Medical Center Emergency Physicians & Consultants, P.A. on Jan 8, 2019 1:30:00 PM

It is that time of year again in Minnesota when we start to get those heavy, wet snow falls (or as we say, a “heart attack snowfall”). It seems that every year we see or hear reports of someone having a heart attack while shoveling snow. Is there really an increased risk of having a heart attack from shoveling snow?

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Let this New Year be your time to quit tobacco.

Posted by Tara Beck, RN, Health Navigator, Ridgeview Westonka Clinic on Dec 26, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Have you been thinking about quitting smoking or chewing tobacco? Maybe you have thought of making this your New Year’s Resolution?

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When should you see a provider to treat your warts?

Posted by Riddell Scott, MD, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic-Dermatology on Dec 18, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Warts are a very common skin problem, and they are caused by a virus. This means they can spread from one person to another, or from one finger to another, so it isn’t a good idea to pick at the warts or use personal hygiene tools like nail clippers or pumice stones to get rid of them. Which begs the questions, what should you do about your warts and when is it time to see a provider about them?

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How to stay safe while active outdoors in the Minnesota winter

Posted by Jessica Hess, MA, LAT, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Dec 12, 2018 8:28:53 AM

Like it or not, winter is here.

For most of us, the thought of exercising outdoors during the Minnesota winter is concerning. We don’t want to slip and fall, we want to avoid being too cold, and that wind – it can be harsh.

Done right, outdoor exercise in the winter can be safe – and fun.

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If you have a family history of colon cancer, get screened

Posted by Sabina Khan, MD, Gastroenterology, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic on Dec 4, 2018 1:30:00 PM

At age 48, my grandfather died from colon cancer. He had never been screened for the disease. My sister Nighat, also was never screened. Then, at age 59, she was admitted to the hospital for a bowel obstruction and nearly died during surgery. That’s what led to the discovery of her cancer. It was localized, removed and she is doing fine eight years later.

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It's all in the family: Why your family's genetic history matters to you and your physician

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD on Nov 27, 2018 1:30:00 PM

My dad is my favorite person in the entire world. Even if it’s his fault I have this unruly frizzy hair. Growing up, I railed against the injustice over being the one to get his hair, while my sister got his incredible work ethic and unshakeable will power. Unfortunately, when it comes to family, you can’t pick and choose what you get.

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Here’s what it looks like to practice gratitude

Posted by Deb Van Houtte, senior marketing specialist and blog contributor at Ridgeview on Nov 20, 2018 1:30:00 PM

 

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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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