Wellness

The Subtle Signs of Heart Problems

Submitted by Dr. M. L. Ray Kuretu

As medical director of Beebe Healthcare’s Cardiac Surgery Program, I’ve been operating on hearts for more than 40 years. I’ve seen too many patients who learn they have heart disease when they collapse from a heart attack. But an ailing heart gives off warning signs if you stop to listen. And the...
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Google can provide health data, if not health wisdom

Submitted by Jeffrey Hawtof, MD, FAAFP

Doctor can put internet research in context for you Every day, my patients research their health problems online and bring me their ideas about what might be wrong. Perhaps they’ve lost a little weight, feel tired, and then come to me, convinced that they have a dire ailment. The data they’ve...
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Feeling off-kilter? It could be hormonal

Submitted by Dr. Mark Facciolo

Out of all the systems of the human body, the hormone-producing glands of the endocrine system may be the least understood. Patients don’t head to their doctor’s office complaining that their adrenal gland isn’t doing its job or because something is wrong with their pineal gland. At the same time,...
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How Simple Tools Can Help You Stay Independent

Submitted by Jennifer Guerin, MS, OTR/L

A scooter, wheelchair, or cane can help you get around if you have trouble on your feet, and a hearing aid can turn up the volume on the world around you. But, what about the smaller stuff, like opening a jar, putting on your shoes or reaching across your shoulder to fasten your seatbelt? After all...
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Don’t Take my Tongue

Submitted by Nicholas P. Bollinger, MS, CCC-SLP

How impairment of our strongest muscle limits speech and swallowing A lot can go through someone’s head when they are first diagnosed with a stroke, injury or disorder of the brain, digestive disease or lung disease. The last thing on your mind might be if you will be able to communicate or swallow...
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Listen to Your Legs: Pain Could Signal Artery Blockage

Submitted by Carlos Neves, MD

How you can prevent PAD It’s easy to dismiss an aching hip or cramped legs as just part of getting older, especially if it flares up during walking or exercise. But, as with most pain, your body is trying to tell you something, and it’s best to listen. Pain in the legs or hip, especially while...
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Natural Pain Relief - Part One

Submitted by Uday Jani, MD

Pain relief doesn’t always come in a pill bottle. There are better solutions, many found in your refrigerator, spice rack, and garden. The right mix of foods, herbs, and supplements has proven to be extraordinarily effective in managing chronic inflammation and pain – no prescription required. Here...
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Beebe Performs First Biventricular Pacemaker Procedure in Delaware

Submitted by Malick Islam, MD

Does the rhythm of your heart feel off sometimes? During American Heart Month this February, we encourage you to talk to your primary care physician or cardiologist about any heart concerns you might have. When a patient’s heart rhythm gets knocked off course, either from a cardiac event or from...
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Making the Connection: Hearing Loss & Cognitive Decline

Submitted by Jean Davison, AuD

Did you know that adults even a mild hearing loss have a higher risk for dementia? And, those with severe hearing loss have five times the risk of getting dementia. In fact, studies have found that hearing loss not only can accelerate dementia, it can also cause cognitive decline. Hearing loss is...
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Have Yourself a Mindful Little Holiday

Submitted by Kate Adamek, LCSW, Group Facilitator for Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

Trying to not just survive, but thrive during the holidays, can be trying. While there are no magic wands to fix this, some of the following suggestions may ease the way to more fun, less Grinch holiday. Set reasonable expectations: Hallmark Holidays rarely exist outside the imagination of greeting...
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