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By rachel.nelson on 3/29/2017 3:23 PM

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Darrell and Barbara Piersol value their community hospital.






By rachel.nelson on 3/29/2017 2:54 PM

Dr. Hambric thumbDr. Bryan Hambric is the newest member of the Live Oak Health Partners surgical team.






By rachel.nelson on 3/29/2017 2:31 PM

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Do you know the warning signs of a heart attack? What happens during a heart attack? Are you at risk? Download our heart attacks infographic to learn more about heart health. 






By rachel.nelson on 3/29/2017 2:24 PM

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Pain and stiffness are the tell-tale signs of joint issues, and they present most often in the elderly. According to Stuart Shapiro, DO, there is one important thing everyone can do to preserve joint health and stop the problems before they start.






By rachel.nelson on 3/29/2017 2:18 PM

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A local couple was "elated and stunned" to learn about a surprise pregnancy after a decade of failed fertility treatments






By rachel.nelson on 3/29/2017 1:05 PM

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When a critical situation arises, Emergency Medical Services, or EMS, is called upon to provide out-of-hospital acute medical care. In addition to caring for and transporting patients via ambulance, EMS fits into a team 
effort that includes local law enforcement, fire departments and hospitals. 






By rachel.nelson on 3/21/2017 1:44 PM

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Preparing meals in a crock pot can be both convenient and delicious. Here are five tips to ensure successful slow cooking (plus three recipes!)






By rachel.nelson on 3/21/2017 1:38 PM

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Dr. Sue Ann Harrison, a pediatrician at Corridor Pediatrics, has been serving the San Marcos community since 1987. During that time, she has served a collective 8 years on the CTMC Foundation Board of Directors. 






By rachel.nelson on 3/21/2017 1:23 PM

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Each year, employees at CTMC go above and beyond their calling by donating to the “Spring into Giving” campaign. This fund allows employees to pledge a dollar amount from each paycheck to help a good cause. 

By rachel.nelson on 3/5/2017 4:49 PM

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In simple terms, metabolism is our body’s way of breaking down the food we eat and providing nutrients to our bodies. In today’s CTMC Health Tip, Stephanie Burns, a registered and licensed dietitian, shares 4 strategies you can use to increase your metabolism.





By rachel.nelson on 2/26/2017 4:45 PM

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Most of us have heard of a condition called “broken heart syndrome,” but is it real? Roger DeHoyos, Cardiac Cath Lab Director at Central Texas Medical Center, explains more in today’s CTMC Health Tip. 





By rachel.nelson on 2/19/2017 4:40 PM

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A stroke happens when something occludes the blood flow to the arteries in the brain and causes brain tissue to die. Janie Kothmann, the chest pain and stroke coordinator at Central Texas Medical Center, explains more about identifying a stroke in today’s CTMC Health Tip. 





By rachel.nelson on 2/12/2017 4:35 PM

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Central Texas Medical Center offers $90 heart scans with a physician’s order. Herb Koenig, a CT technologist at Central Texas Medical Center, explains more in today’s CTMC Health Tip. 




By rachel.nelson on 2/1/2017 4:29 PM

three womenHeart attack symptoms often present differently in men and women. Roger DeHoyos, Cardiac Cath Lab Director at Central Texas Medical Center, explains more in today’s CTMC Health Tip. 





By rachel.nelson on 1/22/2017 3:56 PM

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COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Dr. Nayer El-Ashram, a pulmonologist with Live Oak Health Partners, takes a closer look at COPD in today’s CTMC Health Tip. 





By rachel.nelson on 11/22/2016 12:27 PM

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Winter weather and holidays can heighten feelings of depression in your family and neighbors. We all should be mindful of signs of depression that affect people in our lives.






By rachel.nelson on 11/22/2016 12:08 PM

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A hospital stay can be a difficult time for patients and their families. CTMC partnered with a new hospitalist group, Sound Physicians, to enhance communication and safety. The group provides around-the-clock service and are specially trained to care for patients during hospital stays.


By rachel.nelson on 11/22/2016 11:56 AM

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Often, the biggest myth surrounding hospice care is that the family has given up and that death is imminent. The reality is that hospice care is personalized attention and support that gives the patient and family members more comfort in the privacy of their home.






By rachel.nelson on 11/22/2016 11:34 AM

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CTMC recently invested in a new MRI machine that creates a more pleasant experience for patients. 






By rachel.nelson on 11/22/2016 11:10 AM

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At the age of 40, Miriam McCoy was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Know that feeling when your cell battery is low? Sometimes the thought of disconnection from texting, calls and social media can cause real panic. We know we should have balance, but pursuing it is daunting. 
As we teach our kids about healthy eating and making good choices, we should consider the social health and mental well-being of our families by setting some technology boundaries.






By rachel.nelson on 11/22/2016 11:04 AM

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Diabetes is the country’s No. 1 cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations, and, according to Dr. Erik Anderson, a general surgeon for Live Oak Health Partners, it isn’t always easy to spot in the early stages.






By rachel.nelson on 11/21/2016 4:17 PM

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At the age of 40, Miriam McCoy was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Although she was not aware of any family history when she was diagnosed with the disease, Miriam knew something was wrong when she started experiencing excessive thirst and unintentional weight loss. 






By rachel.nelson on 11/17/2016 4:51 PM

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The CTMC Institute for Advanced Wound Healing treats wounds that are having a hard time healing on their own including burns, road rash, injuries from car accidents, surgical incisions and diabetic foot ulcers. In this CTMC Health Tip, Licensed Vocational Nurse Cindy Carpenter explains how hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat severe wounds. 

By rachel.nelson on 11/15/2016 4:33 PM

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When Tim de Jong fell ill last year, he found himself in the Central Texas Medical Center Emergency Room. While he didn’t think his illness was serious at first, he ended up having an emergency gall bladder removal and spending four days in the Intensive Care Unit.





By rachel.nelson on 11/15/2016 4:27 PM

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Ladies, you have a new partner in your wellness and health care. Live Oak Women’s Care is proud to introduce obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Risa Curtis to the Hays County community.
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By rachel.nelson on 11/15/2016 3:42 PM

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From coconut oil to coconut water, this tropical fruit has been touted as a “miracle” food by many in the health industry. Fans should be aware, though, that coconut is high in saturated fat, which is detrimental for your heart and overall health.





By rachel.nelson on 11/10/2016 4:46 PM

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Asthma is a condition that affects the human airways. Tony Garcia, director of CTMC Cardiopulmonary Services, explains more about managing asthma in this CTMC Health Tip.





By rachel.nelson on 11/3/2016 4:34 PM

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A depressed mood can be normal at times, but when should you seek help? In today’s CTMC Health Tip, Murray Kast, a licensed professional counselor at the CTMC Family Grief Center, explains more about depression and how to treat it. 






By rachel.nelson on 10/27/2016 4:27 PM

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Genetic testing can help you make informed decisions about how to manage future risks of cancer.  Patient Navigator Leslie Castillo explains more in this CTMC Health Tip. 


By rachel.nelson on 10/20/2016 4:20 PM

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Whether you’re battling cancer or simply want to prevent it, nutrition plays a big role. CTMC Clinical Dietitian Lauren Beller explains more in this CTMC Health Tip. 

By rachel.nelson on 10/13/2016 4:12 PM

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How often should women be screened for breast cancer? Dr. Charles Mathis, a general surgeon for Live Oak Health Partners, explains in this CTMC Health Tip. 


By rachel.nelson on 10/6/2016 4:11 PM

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What should a woman expect during and after her annual mammogram? Dr. Stephen Swearingen, a radiologist at San Marcos Medical Imaging, explains in this CTMC Health Tip. 

By rachel.nelson on 9/29/2016 3:50 PM

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Some robotic surgical procedures are completed through four tiny incisions, but with single-site da Vinci surgery procedures can be completed through only one incision. The incision can be hidden in the belly button, which preserves the appearance of the abdominal wall for a much more cosmetically pleasing outcome.






By rachel.nelson on 9/22/2016 1:20 PM

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Sleep studies are used to measure various indicators that identify what’s causing sleep problems. Tony Garcia, director of the CTMC Sleep Center, explains more in this CTMC Health Tip.





By rachel.nelson on 9/22/2016 1:13 PM

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The Central Texas Medical Center Rehabilitation Institute offers physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Tiffany Lee, an occupational therapist, explains more in this CTMC Health Tip.

















By rachel.nelson on 8/9/2016 1:54 PM

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If your hair is only on the sides and middle top of your head, the bare areas create a letter M. This is normal. But thinning that spreads across your scalp and not to the crown or temples can indicate a health issue.





By rachel.nelson on 8/9/2016 1:42 PM

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Join CTMC for these area breast cancer awareness activities.





By rachel.nelson on 8/9/2016 1:35 PM

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One of the most common health myths is that diet and exercise alone will help you reach a healthy weight. In reality, obtaining your goal weight is about more than the number of calories that go in and out. 





By rachel.nelson on 8/9/2016 1:09 PM

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Advice for new dads from local fathers who know. 





By rachel.nelson on 8/9/2016 1:05 PM

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San Marcos City Councilman and CTMC Hospice Advisory Board member Scott Gregson gives tips for a man's longevity and vitality.





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Central Texas Medical Center
1301 Wonder World Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 353-8979