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Have you or your loved one had a serious fall? Follow these six tips to prevent it from happening again.

Posted by Katie Trent, PT, Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center on Mar 12, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Falling can put a serious cramp in anyone’s style, but especially older adults. Not only can you injure yourself—possibly breaking a bone—but the fear of falling again can mess with your head. It can start a vicious cycle of inactivity, causing physical deterioration, and leading to a higher likelihood of falling again. An individual who has had a serious fall just once can begin this cycle.

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Try these fun and easy ways to help your child develop language skills

Posted by Ridgeview Pediatric Rehab Staff on Mar 5, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Parents play a critical role in a child's language development. Studies have shown that children who are read to and spoken with a great deal during early childhood will have larger vocabularies and better grammar than those who aren't according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

 

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Are you getting enough calcium and vitamin D as you age?

Posted by Heather Wilson, DO, Ridgeview Westonka Clinic on Feb 26, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Osteoporosis is something all women should prepare for no matter their age. After age 30, women begin to gradually lose the inner portion of their bones due to sensitivity to hormones, including estrogen, and the amount of calcium in their bones decreases. Osteoporosis weakens bones, leading to the likelihood of fractures, particularly in the hip, wrist and vertebrae.

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Topics: Women's Health

If I told you I love hospital food, would you still respect me as a cook?

Posted by Deb Van Houtte, senior marketing specialist and blog contributor at Ridgeview on Feb 19, 2019 4:29:49 PM

“The Ridgeview kitchen serves more fresh items than ever before,” explains Aaron Kneeland, Ridgeview’s executive chef (pictured above). He estimates that about 80 percent of the food choices are made from scratch. 

Several years ago when I was a new mom in my mid-twenties, I recall having a much different approach to food and meal prep than I do today. The quicker and easier, the better. I remember having a conversation with a coworker in the elevator one day, feeling pretty proud of myself as I explained how I had gotten up early that morning to assemble the Hamburger Helper beef stroganoff that I was going to serve for dinner that evening. All I had to do was reheat it when I got home. (I got a funny glance from the two guys standing next to us.) 

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Heart A-Flutter: Is it true love or time to see a cardiologist?

Posted by Joshua Buckler, MD, Minneapolis Heart Institute at Ridgeview Heart Center on Feb 12, 2019 1:30:00 PM

As we near Valentines day and love is in the air, there are many people getting ready for the holiday whose “skipping heart” is less about their dream date and more about an all too common irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation or “afib.”

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Follow these tips to avoid back injuries this winter

Posted by Anne Voas, PT, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Feb 5, 2019 1:30:00 PM

As Minnesota heads into the later months of winter when larger snowfalls typically arrive, take some time to learn and follow these tips to be safe when shoveling your driveway.

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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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Topics: Wellness

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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Topics: Women's Health, oncology

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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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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