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Educational health information to improve your well-being.

Walk with a Doc with Dr. Jessicah Collins in Waynesboro 2016

Walk with a Doc is Back!

March 30, 2017

Improving your health can be as easy as a walk in the park! Augusta Health started its Walk With A Doc program in 2016, in partnership with Staunton Parks & Rec and Waynesboro Parks & Rec. Walk With A Doc is free, and each walk is led by a local physician, and each walk begins with a brief medical note about a benefit of walking. Participants receive a free t-shirt and a free pedometer to track their steps each day. Because lifestyle has a major impact on health, and sedentary lifestyles increase health risks, Augusta Health joined with the national Walk With A Doc program to... Continue Reading

Thomas Glover in physical therapy after bilateral knee replacement.

Doubling Down on Knee Replacement: Augusta Health Joint Center Patient

March 29, 2017

When faced with the need to have both of his knees replaced, Tom Glover of Augusta County went with an efficient strategy with a kind of 'get 'er done' attitude: He had both replaced at the same time. "I knew both knees needed to be done," explained Mr. Glover. "I'm basically healthy, but my knee pain was pretty constant, I was bowlegged and I'd even shrunk a bit. But it just seemed that we were always busy, and it was never the right time. I like to hunt in the fall and garden in the summer. Our eight grandchildren have many activities, and we like to be a part of all that. It just seemed... Continue Reading

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 Health, so I knew first-hand... Continue Reading

Cath Lab team preparing for a procedure.

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 procedure, but in general... 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 be... Continue Reading

Hyacinth flowers in a mason jar

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

A toddler throwing leaves

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 find all the... Continue Reading

A woman sitting in a car with her legs hanging out the window

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 distributed... Continue Reading

A sleeping infant posed for a picture

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 move it around in... Continue Reading

Watercolor illustration of the brain

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

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