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Speaking from experience: Breastfeeding advice for new moms

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Aug 7, 2019 11:18:28 AM

Part of Megan Wiyninger’s job is to help launch new moms on their breastfeeding journey. She’s a lactation consultant and registered nurse in Ridgeview’s Birthing Center. Becoming a certified lactation consultant is rigorous and time intensive. New moms at Ridgeview benefit not only from Megan’s formal training, but from her personal experience.

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How do I find out what immunizations my child needs?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Jul 23, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Many diseases today are completely avoidable with vaccination. Minnesota law requires all students who are enrolled in grades kindergarten through 12 to show they have received immunizations or provide an exemption.

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'I have hope for the future' - Treat chronic pain with help from Ridgeview's Spine & Pain Center

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Apr 23, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Pain can be the result of physiological or mechanical damage to a person’s body, but acute and chronic pain conditions can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to function normally and maintain a desired quality of life.

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A patient's story: Baby Miles was in the right place at the right time

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Apr 10, 2019 9:54:20 AM

Ridgeview has a long-standing reputation throughout the west metro and beyond as the place to have a baby. And for families with medical emergencies, it truly becomes the right place at the right time for special deliveries.

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Topics: Women's Health

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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Topics: Wellness

Schedule your child's immunizations before school starts

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Aug 7, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Many diseases today are completely avoidable with vaccination. The reason for immunizations against certain diseases is because of the complications the disease can create.

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Topics: Primary Care, Wellness

Not ready to return home? Next steps after a hospital stay

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Jul 31, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Returning home following an extended illness, surgery, stroke or trauma isn’t always a straight path, especially if you’re an older adult who may need additional rehabilitation and skilled nursing care before it’s safe to do so. That’s when transitional care (often called a swing bed) services are needed. The goal of transitional care is to help a patient return to his or her previous living situation—whether it be a personal residence, assisted living facility or nursing home. Transitional care can reduce the risk of health complications and hospital readmission if an individual isn’t fully ready and capable to return home.

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Volunteers make a difference every day at Ridgeview

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Apr 24, 2018 2:11:36 PM

National Volunteer Week is April 15-22 and was established by President Richard Nixon by executive order in 1974 as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Every April, charities, hospitals - including Ridgeview - and communities recognize volunteers and foster a culture of service.

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Try 13 tips to beat stress

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Apr 6, 2018 8:07:18 AM

At some point in life, everyone experiences stress - the condition caused by a reaction to physical, chemical, emotional or environmental factors. However, they feel it in different levels and react in different ways.

Constant or chronic stress can cause the body to remain in high gear for extended periods of time, which causes a person's breathing and heart rate to speed up and blood pressure to rise.

While it's unknown if stress itself can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, also called heart disease, it may affect other risk factors.

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Kindness, compassion and intuition often influence others to join the health industry and return to Ridgeview

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Mar 27, 2018 1:39:05 PM

The kindness, compassion and intuition Erin Jones experienced as a young patient at Ridgeview Medical Center more than a decade ago inspired her to become a nurse.  In 2017, she had the opportunity to meet the nurse who inspired her, but this time as a peer, together at work.

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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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