It was Mother’s Day recently and I was lucky enough to spend the day with my mother. In February my mother was diagnosed and treated for heart disease. She had been having chest pain when walking and it even woke her at night. She had to be admitted into the hospital and got a trip to my very own Heart & Vascular Center at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center
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: 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.
May is Stroke Awareness Month!
Stroke Awareness Month helps promote the significance of strokes and how we can effectively identify the symptoms of one. Hutchinson Regional Medical Center wants to aid in this effort not only to raise awareness but to educate the public on what to do when a stroke occurs. By spreading the word about strokes we could potentially lessen the amount of casualties that result each year.
It can be hard to sort through everything you need to know when eating heart-healthy. Here are some of the things you should look for when choosing a recipe and purchasing ingredients:
Fats, Sodium & Whole Grains
Monounsaturated Fats: Liquid at room temperature, these plant-based fats can lower cholesterol when used in place of saturated fat in the diet.
Sources: olive oil, avocados and nuts.
Each year, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke. About 600,000 of these are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks. Nearly three-quarters of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65. The risk of having a stroke more than doubles each decade after the age of 55.
People of all ages are vulnerable, despite seemingly good health. In fact, the risk of stroke is increasing faster in individuals ages 30-45 than in any other age group. Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.
A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a transient episode of neurologic dysfunction caused by ischemia (loss of blood flow) – either focal brain, spinal cord or retinal – without acute infarction (tissue death). TIAs have the same underlying systems of a stroke however the symptoms can go away after a few minutes. When a TIA occurs there is a disruption of cerebral blood flow and are frequently referred to as mini-strokes.