It’s February, that means it’s Heart Month! However, here at the Heart & Vascular Center at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, every month is Heart Month. It’s our constant goal to provide excellent cardiac care for every patient every time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have dedicated staff willing to leave their families day or night to care for you and your family members. I’m so proud to be part of a select group that is willing to commit to the constant demands, the continuing education, and the call time.
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My grandpa was always angry. Or so I thought. He rarely smiled, or talked to us kids, and when he did we couldn’t understand him. It wasn’t until I was in my 20’s and my older sister and I were talking about our childhood and memories of grandpa, when I realized that there was more to the story. Grandpa was not a chronic grump, he had Parkinson’s disease.
We’ve all heard the awful tale of how Grandma got run over by a reindeer, but did things truly have to turn out so tragic? Regardless of your risk of dodging a reindeer or simply maneuvering around holiday decorations in the home, the CDC says falls are the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans. Understandably, these accidents increase significantly during the winter months.
Healthcare is an ever-changing field and Hutchinson, Kansas is doing a great job at keeping up. Every year brings much new advancement, which tends to be very costly for healthcare facilities; however, these costs ultimately minimize errors, improve patient recovery and increase efficiency, creating a better experience for the patient.
By: Judy Diggs, RRT Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
Respiratory Care Week is October 23-29 so I would like you to join us to help raise awareness to improve lung health around the world. This year’s theme is ‘Real Life Heroes’.
By: Amy Claassen, Chaplain for Hospice and HomeCare of Reno County
So often we are asked how we do this hospice job. It feels even more questionable when a child is in the picture. I want to share my thoughts after spending many hours watching one of the most innocents on earth die.
I recently started a new strength training program, and my legs are SORE! It hurts to walk and my hips ache. My discomfort will only last a couple of days and I know why I’m hurting. What about you? Do you have pain when you walk? How far can you walk? A block, half a block? Do you ever get cramps in your buttocks, thighs, or calves? Does it get better when you rest? Do you have sores on your shins or feet, that don’t seem to get any better? You might have peripheral artery disease, or PAD.
Heat illness is a major threat to those of us who are spending much of our time outdoors. Heat illness can occur when your body cannot produce enough sweat to lower your body temperature. This can happen when you are exercising or working for too long in the heat and are not drinking enough water to keep your body hydrated. Thousands of workers experience a form of heat illness every year. Many of these could have been prevented by seeking shade and drinking water regularly.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body, why not protect it? Summer is the time to be outside in the sun but it is also a time to be cautious of your skin. Fun in the sun can also lead to serious skin damage, age spots, wrinkles and potential risk of skin cancer. To protect and preserve your skin there are a variety of different methods. Here are a few:
Little ones find it extremely fascinating to blend things up. They like to watch the way the colors change and try new things. Smoothies are a great way to cool down after a penny hike.
Let them help pick out their own fruits and vegatables so they can make their own smoothie. This blog has some great smootie recipes from around the web. Summer is all about fun and it's always fun to see all of the different fruits and vegetables that taste good together.