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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Where can you turn when you need help with grief?

Posted by Sue Degolier, Director, Social Services and Spiritual Care, Ridgeview Medical Center on Nov 13, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Grief is an instinctive human response to loss. Although painful, grief is a natural and necessary process that will help you begin to heal. There are ways to help yourself deal with it and ways to protect yourself from long-lasting emotional pain. While each person's experience is unique, they can draw strength from others who have traveled a similar journey.

A new Regional Grief Support Network is available in the Twin Cities Southwest metro region, filling an identified gap in resources for grief support in the area for all types of loss. 

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The anxiety effect: Why do I feel this way?

Posted by Heidi Otto, FNP, Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center on Nov 6, 2018 1:30:00 PM

My heart was pounding, hands were sweating and felt a little lightheaded. I was worried that something bad might happen (like tripping while walking down the aisle in a long dress), but I could not wait for my daughter’s wedding to begin. I was excited, yet anxious for everything to go well.

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Eight reasons to volunteer

Posted by Sue Degolier, Director, Social Services and Spiritual Care, Ridgeview Medical Center on Oct 30, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Volunteering not only provides services for the community you're volunteering in, but has direct benefits for the individual volunteer. The best-kept secret about volunteering is that it's good for you.

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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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