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Blog - Women's Wednesday

  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

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    Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Failure or CHF is a chronic condition whereby the heart does not pump blood as well as it should. It does not mean that the heart has stopped working, but that the heart isn’t able to pump adequate blood to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen. This can happen due to a weakened heart muscle or a defect in the heart. If the heart isn’t circulating blood the way it should, the kidneys receive less blood and filter less fluid from the body&...

  • Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

    | Posted by Jodi Miranda, RN, BSN, PCCN

    It’s that time of year when New Year’s Resolutions start to surface. Health-related goals are very popular resolutions with weight, exercise, stronger relationships and smoking cessation topping the list for many people. The road to better health for women is often filled with many obstacles such as work demands, family, low energy, procrastination and minimal free time. WebMD came up with five resolutions for women that may help improve our physical and mental well-being and keep ...

  • Healthy Eating: Five Survival Tips for Holiday Parties

    | Posted by Jodi Miranda, RN, BSN, PCCN

    How can we partake of the holiday festivities without enduring the dreaded food hangover? Holly Grainer, M.S., R.D. published an article for Eating Well magazine which recommends these five survival tips: REST UP: Get a least seven hours of sleep before the big holiday party. Studies suggest adults eat extra calories and choose higher-fat foods when they are sleep deprived. CHOOSE WISELY: Your first buffet food picks matter so choose wisely! Reach for lower calorie foods first because ...

  • The Sleep Center at Blake Medical Center: We Won’t Rest Until You Do!

    | Posted by Jodi Miranda, RN, BSN, PCCN

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Institute of Medicine there is an estimated 50 to 70 million adults in the United States that either have a sleep or wakefulness disorder. Sleep insufficiency is linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial accidents, and occupational errors. Additionally, persons who experience sleep insufficiency are more likely to have chronic diseases such as diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, obesity, cancer, and reduced ...

  • Drinking and Driving: Facts and Prevention Strategies

    | Posted by Jodi Miranda, RN, BSN, PCCN

    Alcohol impaired driving kills almost 30 people a day in the United States. This is approximately one death every hour. Drugs other than alcohol are involved in approximately 18% of motor vehicle deaths. The demographic groups that are at greatest risk for impaired driving are young people between the ages of 21 and 44; motorcyclists ages 40 and older; and drivers with a prior driving while impaired (DWI) conviction ( Some strategies that have been successful in reducing impaired ...