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Hip Replacement Patient Cathy Crist on the golf course.

Shooting from the Hip: A Patient at Augusta Health's Joint Center

March 21, 2017

One month after having her hip replaced at Augusta Health’s Joint Center, Cathy Crist shoveled snow. But she had already resumed some of her regular activities on a more limited basis: she'd already walked a mile and done some gentle yoga. Crist, who lives in New Market, explained, "I'm really an active person. I golf and swim, bike and hike. But when my hip deteriorated to the point that I couldn't walk up a hill or stairs without chronic pain, I knew I needed more than the cortisone injections I'd been taking. Two of my cousins had joint replacements at Augusta...Continue Reading

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It Could be More Than Indigestion: Chest Pain is a Serious Symptom

March 17, 2017

Arun Prahash, MD You may think you've never heard of Acute Coronary Syndrome, but you probably know someone who has experienced it—or maybe you've experienced it yourself. Its most common symptom is chest pain. Chest pain caused by Acute Coronary Syndrome can be sudden, as when it's a heart attack, or unpredictable or get worse even while resting, a condition known as unstable angina. Chest pain is commonly caused by narrowing of blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. “Not all incidents of chest pain are from heart attacks that require emergency...Continue Reading

Shoveling snow can be taxing on your heart.

Before You Start Shoveling Snow, Consider Your Heart Health

March 13, 2017

When it comes to shoveling snow from their walkway, most people don't have anything to worry about. However, according to the American Heart Association, a small percentage of individuals already in high-risk categories may want to reconsider this winter chore, because it may raise their risk of heart attack. Individuals who are most at risk include: Sedentary people over the age of 55 Persons with high cholesterol or hypertension Current and former smokers Those diagnosed with a chronic heart condition People who have experienced a previous heart attack or stroke While shoveling snow can...Continue Reading

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Discovering Endometriosis Early Helps Avoid Unnecessary Complications

March 8, 2017

What do painful premenstrual cycles, pain during intercourse, pain during bowel movements or urination, excessive bleeding, infertility, fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, bloating, and pelvic pain all have in common? They are the common signs and symptoms of endometriosis, a condition affecting approximately 6.3 million women worldwide. Endometriosis, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), is a disorder in which the type of tissue that forms the lining of the uterus, or the endometrium, is found outside the uterus. Endometriosis occurs in 1 of...Continue Reading

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3 Fun Ways to Keep the Kids Active as the Temperature Drops

March 3, 2017

Fall is upon us which means it's time for our favorite pumpkin spice latte, football on the weekends, leaves changing colors, and colder weather. As the temperature drops, finding ways to keep your kids active and healthy can be a challenge and it's easy to fall into the trap of video games and other indoor activities. Fortunately, we've put together five of our favorite autumn weather activities to keep your kids on the move this fall. Autumn Nature Hunt Put together a list of your favorite fall nature items and turn it into a game by putting together teams and seeing who can...Continue Reading

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How High Heels are Affecting More Than Just Your Feet

March 2, 2017

Those stylish 4-inch heels you handpicked to set off your dress at your next social gathering will have a lasting impact long after people have forgotten your stunning outfit. You already know how your feet ache after a long night in high heels, but you may not be aware of the other ways in which you're impacting your health. Why High Heels Cause So Many Problems When you wear high heels you are repositioning your body's posture to mimic what it's like to walk down a steep hill, causing several key changes: Down force is placed on the balls of your feet instead of being evenly...Continue Reading

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Sensory Development Milestones in a Newborn's First 12 Months

March 1, 2017

Your baby's development during their first year of life is greater than it will be during any other period of their life. If you watch close enough, you can actually see as your newborn's sensory development accelerates during these first 12 months. Life through the Eyes of a Newborn Newborn – When your baby first arrives their color vision is very limited. Their eyes will be drawn to areas of contrast, especially bold designs with big contrasting colors against each other. 2-3 Months – Eye coordination will begin to improve and they may be able to watch an object as you...Continue Reading

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Learning to Recognize Stroke Warning Signs

February 28, 2017

For someone having a stroke, fast action can make a huge difference. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, getting emergency assistance within an hour can prevent death or long-term disability . Individuals treated with a blood-clot-dissolving drug within three hours of symptoms appearing have a 30 percent better chance of escaping disability. In some cases, strokes may require surgical treatment. The sooner a stroke victim receives help, the better their chances are for recovery. What is a Stroke? A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain ceases, and...Continue Reading

Finding help when you lose your health insurance

Finding Help When You Lose Your Health Insurance

February 27, 2017

A Kaiser Family Foundation study conducted in 2015 discovered only three in five American families could cover the deductible of their insurance plans, while less than half can cover mid-range out-of-pocket health costs. Even with health insurance, it can be tough to cover your medical bills. Without health insurance, it can be practically impossible if you have a more serious condition, which is why losing your health insurance can be a shock. There are a number of reasons you may lose your health insurance: Losing your job Getting a divorce Getting married Giving birth to a child Being...Continue Reading

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Orthopedics 101: Osteoarthritis of the Knee

February 24, 2017

There are a number of different injuries and ailments that can lead to knee pain and, for the majority of them, ignoring the pain is not going to make it go away. In fact, if you're suffering from a degenerative disease like osteoarthritis of the knee, your pain will continually get worse the longer you put off treatment. Identifying and treating osteoarthritis early on is key to getting back to your active lifestyle. What is Osteoarthritis of the Knee? Osteoarthritis of the knee is a degenerative disease caused by the natural wear-and-tear of the cushioning between your knee joints as...Continue Reading

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