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A physician's opinion: Why are vaccines - including for measles- important?

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD, Ridgeview Clinics on May 14, 2019 1:30:00 PM

When I was in medical school in India there was an outbreak of the bubonic plague in another state. No kidding. The bubonic plague. Didn't we get rid of that a long time ago? That's how I felt when I heard about the recent measles outbreak. Wasn't that eliminated in the U.S. a couple decades ago? Apparently yes it was. But not any more.

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Topics: Primary Care, 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

Men's health matters: Find a primary care provider

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Dec 27, 2017 11:00:00 AM

“It’s important to me to stay physically and mentally healthy and fit so I can enjoy life to its fullest for as long as possible.” Mike Phelps, president & CEO, Ridgeview Medical Center

Self-described as “middle-aged,” Phelps challenges his body with regular workouts and competitive sports while challenging his mind at work and home. “Having mental and physical balance is important, as is assuring my body is maintained properly by getting regular checkups and screenings.” Though a hospital CEO, Phelps – like many men – doesn’t like going to the doctor; however, with colon cancer in his family history he started regular screenings at an early age.  He also says having a primary care doctor identified as his regular provider has made it easier and more comfortable seeing that person for physicals, screenings and even asking the odd or uncomfortable questions over time as they get to know each other. “The occasional reminder from home and the doctor’s office doesn’t hurt either,” Phelps shared.

Questions to ask a family physician during a meet & greet

Finding the right family doctor is important, because ideally, you’ll establish a long-term relationship. Make an
appointment for a Ridgeview Meet & Greet to learn more about the health care providers you’re considering. 

For most clinics, there may be no charge for an introductory session, or you may need to pay a fee or co-pay amount. Either way, it’s worth investing your time in the discussion to make sure you make the right decision for your family.

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Topics: Primary Care

Men's health matters: Know your numbers

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Dec 14, 2017 12:55:19 PM

As a registered nurse and Director of Ridgeview’s Surgical Services department, B.J. Buckland has seen and cared for the full spectrum of patients in his 40-plus years working in health care. An avid outdoorsman, runner and motorcycle enthusiast, Buckland took just two personal sick days in his career. “I was in good physical shape, took care of myself physically and mentally, and could do all the activities I enjoyed. I never expected to be ‘that guy,’ that patient who – very quickly – became extremely sick.”

Buckland, who admits he “ignored some symptoms” last fall and should have been more proactive about regular annual visits and screenings, spent a couple weeks recovering and rehabilitating from a hospital stay.

Married and the father of three, Buckland advises his adult children and others to understand your health history and take advantage of the “power of information we have today to help us, especially men. Schedule annual physical exams, have lab work done and pay attention to your numbers – blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and more. Get those screenings done, make nutrition or lifestyle changes if you need to and pay attention to your body, every day.”

For someone who never thought he’d have to think about his health, Buckland now carries a copy of “my numbers and lab results with me every day. I’ve made changes to my diet, exercise and other activities to get those numbers to where I want them and need them to be.

Buckland strongly emphasizes the importance of goal-setting when it comes to one’s health. He encourages other men to identify what “healthy” means to you, today and as you move through your 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. “Then take those proactive steps to get there and achieve that optimal health you want, for yourself and your family.”

 “Take it from me, guys. You’re not invincible,” Buckland says. “It’s easier to stay healthier than fix a problem or reverse something that could have been prevented.”

Regular health screening for men can help you stay ahead of any problems that may be developing without you realizing. You may have heard the phrase "know your numbers" before but what does it really mean to you and your primary care provider? The numbers primary care providers discuss with patients include blood pressure, height and weight, triglycerides, cholesterol and glucose. These numbers, known as biometrics, can provide the information you and your health care provider need to make the right decisions for a healthier life.

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Topics: Primary Care, Wellness

Don't wait. Create your Advance Care Plan today.

Posted by Sue Degolier, Director, Social Services and Spiritual Care, Ridgeview Medical Center on Dec 5, 2017 1:22:08 PM

Unexpected things can happen to those we love. Everyone's worst nightmare is getting a call that their loved one has had some type of medical crisis (trauma, stroke, aneurism), and decisions need to be made immediately regarding their care. Would you know what to do?

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Topics: Primary Care, Wellness

Eight easy steps to start meditating

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD, Ridgeview Clinics on Nov 28, 2017 12:57:41 PM

I’m writing this piece about meditation not as a well versed, practicing for years, can float-in-the-air guru. I’m writing this as a wannabe. Because, come on, all the cool kids are doing it.

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Topics: Primary Care, Women's Health, Fitness/activity

Are you making the most of your prescription coverage?

Posted by Ashley Artmann, PharmD, Ridgeview Medical Center on Oct 31, 2017 12:50:30 PM

As a clinic pharmacist providing Medication Therapy Management, I regularly work with patients to answer questions about medication use and costs. I recently had a patient ask, “I just met my deductible, which was $3,000. Going forward, how much will my medications cost?” Our team of clinic pharmacists frequently gets asked questions similar to this Here are some tips to consider when determining cost and coverage of your medications for next year:

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Topics: Primary Care

Why is it important to receive a flu shot?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Oct 10, 2017 12:58:25 PM

Every year, millions of Americans become ill with influenza, or the flu. About 36,000 of them die from the flu or flu-related complications, which can include pneumonia or brain infectionPneumonia is a serious respiratory infection and a serious consequence of influenza in particular. This is one of many reasons the flu shot is so important. 

Children under the age of 2, people with asthma or other breathing problems and older individuals are especially susceptible to the complications of influenza — so it is even more important to have them vaccinated.

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Topics: Primary Care, Wellness

What do you need to know about hearing loss?

Posted by Carrie D. Meyer, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA on Sep 19, 2017 12:20:18 PM

As the U.S. population, specifically the baby boomers, age, more scientific and medical research has focused on health and lifestyle issues that can be modified to improve and promote healthy aging.

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Topics: Primary Care, Wellness, Specialty Care

What do you need to know about prostate cancer?

Posted by Stephen Ready, MD, Ridgeview Chaska Clinic on Sep 12, 2017 1:59:37 PM

Among men in the United States, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death. Fortunately, it is usually a slowly progressive condition and there are very good treatments available to treat prostate cancer. Because of this, only about 3 percent of men die from prostate cancer (33,000 deaths in 2014, U.S.) according to the American Cancer Society. Prostate cancer tends to be less frequent but more aggressive if a man develops this at a younger age, for example in his 40’s.  However, as a man gets older, prostate cancer becomes much more likely to occur, but it is usually less aggressive and is less likely to shorten a man’s lifespan. 

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Topics: Primary Care, oncology, Wellness

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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