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What is CREST Syndrome?

August 6, 2020

Scleroderma is a rare disease, affecting an estimated 300,000 Americans—less than .1% of the country's population. CREST Syndrome, a subcategory of the disease, is rarer still. As a result, it is even more deserving of some time in the spotlight. The more we can raise awareness, the more accurately the condition can be diagnosed. And while it is a chronic disease with no known cure, it can be made more manageable with treatment. What is Scleroderma? Scleroderma is a term used to describe a rare group of autoimmune diseases . Like most autoimmune diseases, your body is unable to properly... Continue Reading

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5 Ways to Support a Person with Autism

August 4, 2020

Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder, and according to the latest Center for Disease Control research, 1 in 59 children in the United States (a 15% increase) are diagnosed with autism. Autism is also four times more common in boys than girls. It's challenging to acquire exact statistics about autism in children because many adults not diagnosed with autism in early childhood go undiagnosed into adulthood. It's estimated that there are about 3.5 million Americans living with a type of autism, but all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups worldwide are impacted. Given these... Continue Reading

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Soothing for an Anxious Time: Tired of Living in a Time of Pandemic

July 31, 2020

Yesterday seemed to be the tipping point. Every single person seemed to be done with the Covid-19 pandemic. Over it, done, kaput, depressed, exhausted. The heat is definitely exacerbating the whole difficult thing. Everybody seems to be feeling the strain of months of life being altered in every direction. We want to hug Grandma. We want to go to the pool, to church, to restaurants. We want to cough or sneeze without feeling conspicuous and potentially dangerous. We want the real birthday party, wedding shower, wedding, baby shower, church. We are grateful to Zoom and other platforms that... Continue Reading

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An Honest Conversation about Hepatitis

July 29, 2020

There are few viral infections with more misconceptions centered around them than the strains of viral hepatitis. This can largely be credited to the similarities in the three names. Today, we wanted to shed some light on the key differences between the three strains of viral hepatitis: A, B, and C. It's important to note that hepatitis on its own is the term to used to describe inflammation of the liver—and that can be caused by non-viral means as well. For the purposes of this post, we will only be looking at the viral strains of hepatitis. First, let us explore what they share in common... Continue Reading

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What Are the Facts About Vaping?

July 24, 2020

This relatively new industry is worth billions and deserves a second look into what it means for your health. Are these products safe to use? Are they better than cigarettes? Let’s take a look at some of the myths and facts. It’s just a harmless vapor False. Vaping might sound a lot like water vapor, but the similarity stops there. Vape pens, e-cigarettes, Juuls, and other similar products typically still contain nicotine along with other flavors and additives. E-cigarettes heat a liquid mix of flavorings and nicotine into an aerosol form for the user to inhale. It may not be smoke, but that... Continue Reading

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Feeling Safe: A Cancer Patient's Experience During COVID-19

July 23, 2020

Leon Bernard proudly 'rang the bell' in Augusta Health's Cancer Center on July 14, signifying that he had just completed his final radiation treatment. He began treatment on May 20. During the entire course of his radiation, COVID-19 was an active and spreading disease within the community—one that was of particular concern to cancer patients with vulnerable immune systems. Cancer did not pause for COVID-19, and neither did cancer treatment at the Augusta Health Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Mr. Bernard, however, always felt secure inside the Cancer Center and appreciated all the... Continue Reading

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The Often Overlooked Warning Signs of Thyroid Cancer

July 22, 2020

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2020, approximately 52,890 new cases of thyroid cancer will be diagnosed and that there will be approximately 2,180 deaths from thyroid cancer. While most thyroid cancer is found by accident, there are warning signs you should be aware of for a better chance of early detection. Pay Attention to the Signs Thyroid cancer is commonly diagnosed at a younger age than most other adult cancers. Women are three times more likely to develop thyroid cancer than men. Below are several overlooked signs of thyroid cancer. Lump in the neck: About 90 percent of... Continue Reading

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How to Take Better Care of Your Joints

July 20, 2020

From the time we get out of bed in the morning to the time we go to bed, our joints are working hard to give us freedom, flexibility, and movement. Joints occur where two bones meet. Without our joints, we would be completely immobilized. Like the shocks in a car or the ball bearings in a piece of equipment, our joints suffer wear and tear as we age. Our joints have a lot to do with our quality of life. So, how do we keep our joints healthy as we age? Let’s take a look at some practical ways to protect joint health. Ditch the Cigarettes Not only does smoking cigarettes cause a myriad of... Continue Reading

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Staff Recognizes Senior Leadership for COVID-19 Response

July 17, 2020

Heart & Vascular staff recognized Augusta Health senior leadership during a presentation to express the gratitude from all of our teams for the health system's COVID response over the last several months. The senior leadership team was invited to hear the many words of gratitude. Cath lab RN Andy Banas shared with the group, " Ms. Mannix and Senior Leadership members, we the staff of the Heart and Vascular Center would like to show our appreciation for your leadership through this very difficult and unprecedented time. You all have led, not only, this facility but also our community with... Continue Reading

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5 Easy Habits to Incorporate Into a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

July 17, 2020

Heart disease is a leading cause of illness and death in the United States—but did you know that one American dies every 37 seconds in America from cardiovascular disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)? The severity and prevalence of heart disease is something no one can afford to ignore. While the problem can seem overwhelming, there’s a lot you can do to stay heart healthy and decrease your risk of heart disease. Small, consistent steps over time can lead to big changes for your health. Incorporating the following five habits is a great place to start! Get Sneaky with... Continue Reading

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