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By Kathryn on 3/5/2017 4:49 PM

boost your metabolism

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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn on 1/22/2017 3:56 PM

COPD

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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn on 8/2/2016 3:01 PM

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Advanced wound care is necessary when wounds have a hard time coming to closure. Dr. Randy Reynolds with the Central Texas Medical Center Institute for Advanced Wound Healing explains more in this CTMC Health Tip.





By Kathryn on 7/25/2016 1:28 PM

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There are many different options available when it comes to birth control. Dr. Risa Curtis with Live Oak Women’s Care explains more in this CTMC Health Tip.




By Kathryn on 7/4/2016 1:05 PM

embryo

Hospice care is about providing comfort and peace in the final stage of a person’s life. Jackie Duran, a Licensed Master Social Worker with CTMC Hospice Care, explains more in this CTMC Health Tip. 




By Kathryn on 6/27/2016 1:00 PM

Joint Pain

When you have discomfort in your joints, you may not want to move as much. In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Stuart Shapiro, and orthopedic surgeon with Live Oak Health Partners, addresses why it’s important to stay in motion. 




By Kathryn on 6/16/2016 3:20 PM

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Diet plays a big role in managing high cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes. Dr. Stephen Richardson with the Live Oak Health Partners Community Clinic shares how making small changes can make a big difference for your health.





By Kathryn on 6/13/2016 12:39 PM

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Many people are confused about which supplements they should take. In this CTMC health tip, Jessica Sanders, a nurse practitioner at Live Oak Walk-In Care, tells why you should check with your clinician before taking vitamins.





By Kathryn on 6/9/2016 11:46 AM

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The Internet has without a doubt changed the relationship between physicians and their patients. In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Charles Mathis, a general surgeon with Live Oak Health Partners, addresses Googling your symptoms. 





By Kathryn on 6/9/2016 9:41 AM

Girl with ear infection

If your child is pulling at their ears, has a fever, is being fussy or has a decreased ability to hear, an ear infection may be the cause. In this CTMC health tip, Jessica Sanders, a nurse practitioner at Live Oak Walk-In Care, gives advice for addressing ear infections in children. 

 





By Kathryn on 6/1/2016 11:37 AM

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There are many benefits to robotic surgery. In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Robert Duran, a general surgeon at Live Oak Health Partners, explains why robotic surgery is here to stay.





By Kathryn on 5/25/2016 11:31 AM

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There are many aspects to consider when you’re shopping for a new doctor. In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Risa Curtis with Live Oak Women’s Care gives tips for finding the right OB-GYN to meet your needs. 





By Kathryn on 5/12/2016 1:16 PM

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Statistics show that almost half of kids in the United States are overweight to some degree. In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Stephen Richardson explores weight management strategies for children. 




By Kathryn on 5/5/2016 1:06 PM

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If you have hernia symptoms, you shouldn’t delay seeing your doctor for an evaluation, especially if you are a woman in the childbearing years. Dr. Robert Duran, a general surgeon with Live Oak Health Partners, explains more in this CTMC Health Tip.




By Kathryn on 4/28/2016 12:56 PM

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Data shows early prenatal care improves outcomes for expecting moms. Dr. Stephen Richardson, a family doctor at the Live Oak Health Partners Community Clinic, explains more in this CTMC Health Tip.




By Kathryn on 4/25/2016 3:38 PM

antibiotics

It’s natural to want a quick fix when we’re sick, but antibiotics may not always be the best answer. Jessica Sanders, a nurse practitioner with Live Oak Health Partners, explains more in this CTMC Health Tip.




By Kathryn on 4/25/2016 1:25 PM

gallbladder graphicThe number one reason for intra-abdominal surgery in the United States is gallbladder removal, but is surgery the only answer for addressing gallbladder disease? In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Charles Mathis, a general surgeon with Live Oak Health Partners, explains. 




By Kathryn on 3/17/2016 3:17 PM

embryo

Donor embryos come from couples who have completed their families and give any remaining embryos to embryo banks. Dr. Susan Hudson explains more about embryo adoption in this CTMC Health Tip. 


By Kathryn on 3/3/2016 9:16 AM

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A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or by another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Sue Ann Harrison, a pediatrician at Corridor Primary Care in San Marcos, explains more about recognizing a concussion in your child. 

By Kathryn on 2/12/2016 2:33 PM

Pregnant belly

During pregnancy, the body’s circulatory volume increases by 50 percent, which puts stress on the heart. In this CTMC Health Tip, Avis Harris-Caldwell, CTMC Director of Women’s Services, shares precautions women should take to ensure a heart healthy pregnancy.

By Kathryn on 1/31/2016 10:56 AM

heart made of metal gears

Although the stereotypical cardiac patient is up in years, a person doesn’t have to be old to experience heart issues. Dr. Scott Solomon, an interventional cardiologist at Central Texas Medical Center, says there are four key things people can do early on to get ahead of heart disease.


By Kathryn on 1/28/2016 4:56 PM

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One in seven couples face reproductive infertility. Dr. Susan Hudson addresses this common issue in this CTMC Health Tip. 


By Kathryn on 12/31/2015 11:49 AM

Girli jumping on trampoline

As a pediatrician, Dr. Sue Ann Harrison with Corridor Primary Care in San Marcos has seen many injuries in children that could have been avoided. In this CTMC Health Tip, she gives a few guidelines for keeping your children safe. 


By Kathryn on 12/17/2015 5:58 PM

Cold Medicines

Unfortunately, there’s no quick fix for treating a cold or respiratory virus. In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Amy Hernandez with Live Oak Health Partners tells us more about treating cough and cold symptoms with over-the-counter medicines. 


By Kathryn on 12/10/2015 11:53 AM

Girl with head lice

Head lice is pesky, and over-the-counter remedies may not be the best way to treat it. Dr. Sue Ann Harrison, a pediatrician at Corridor Primary Care in San Marcos, explains more in this CTMC Health Tip. 


By Kathryn on 12/4/2015 2:21 PM

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Respiratory viruses normally pass in seven to 10 days, but when should you see a doctor? Dr. Amy Hernandez with Live Oak Health Partners explains in this CTMC Health Tip.


By Kathryn on 11/23/2015 10:45 AM

Beans and Fruit

When you have diabetes, it can be a challenge to know which foods are healthy to eat. Registered and Licensed Dietitian Stephanie Burns clears up some of the misconceptions in this CTMC Health Tip.

By Kathryn on 11/5/2015 2:49 PM

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A medication review is a structured discussion of your medications with your physician or pharmacist with the goal to improve and optimize treatment. 

By Kathryn on 10/26/2015 2:21 PM

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Through its Breast Cancer Patient Navigation Program, Community Action of Central Texas assists uninsured, low-income women with breast screening, diagnostics, treatment and survivorship. Community Action’s Lydia Perez explains more in this CTMC Health Tip.

By Kathryn on 10/12/2015 2:59 PM

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Most women find their own breast cancer, which reinforces the importance of doing regular self-breast exams. Dr. Mary Geldernick, a New Braunfels OB-GYN and national speaker for Myriad Genetics explains more in this CTMC Health Tip.


By Kathryn on 10/5/2015 2:28 PM

CTMC Breast Center entrance

When a woman goes in for her mammogram, she may feel anxious or intimidated, but Central Texas Medical Center’s Women’s Center for Breast Health strives to make the experience as smooth as possible. Patient Navigator Leslie Castillo explains more in this CTMC Health Tip. 

 

By Kathryn on 9/27/2015 2:12 PM

Woman standing on doctor's scale

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. Clinical Dietitian Stephanie Burns explains more in today’s CTMC health tip. 

By Kathryn on 9/13/2015 12:41 PM

woman holding baby's feet

The CTMC Women’s Center encourages skin-to-skin contact between moms and newborns. Margie Lieck, Administrative Director of Acute Care, explains more in this CTMC Health Tip.

By Kathryn on 9/3/2015 3:56 PM

Woman walking

Ovarian cancer is a very difficult cancer to detect early on. Although ovarian cancer is more common in the post-menopausal age group, it can occur at any age, including the teenage years. Dr. Teresa Irwin explains more about symptoms and testing for ovarian cancer in this CTMC Health Tip.

By Kathryn on 8/21/2015 12:55 PM

fresh fruit

In our fast-paced society, we can feel tempted to visit the nearest snack machine when we feel hungry. In this CTMC health tip, Clinical Dietitian Stephanie Burns gives suggestions for quick and easy snacks for when you’re on the go.

By Kathryn on 8/14/2015 12:47 PM

Pregnant Couple holding Belly

If you’re expecting a baby, childbirth classes provide information to decrease your anxiety, which allows you to fully embrace the miracle moment of bringing a child into the world. 

By Kathryn on 8/7/2015 1:26 PM

high carb foods

Do you avoid eating carbs? It seems there is a general consensus that carbohydrates are bad, but that isn’t true. Registered and Licensed Dietitian Stephanie Burns tells us more in this CTMC Health Tip.

 

By Kathryn on 7/21/2015 2:37 PM

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While going on a diet may yield fast results, it’s not the most sustainable solution for weight loss. Registered and Licensed Dietitian Stephanie Burns explains s more in this CTMC Health Tip.


By Kathryn on 7/10/2015 1:28 PM

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The birth of your child is a memory that will last a lifetime. In this CTMC health tip, Margie Lieck, Director of CTMC Women’s Services, gives tips about choosing a birth setting.

By Kathryn on 7/9/2015 1:26 PM

robotic surgery suite

Robotic surgery has revolutionized the way gynecologic procedures are performed. Dr. Teresa Irwin, FPMRS, explains how.

By Kathryn on 7/3/2015 1:20 PM

glucose meter

When a person has diabetes, it means their body has a hard time managing blood sugar. Although it’s not always easy, losing weight and incorporating regular exercise are two of the most important things a person can do to reduce their risk of developing diabetes.

By Kathryn on 6/1/2015 3:15 PM

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A woman who has a normal pre-pregnancy weight should gain around 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. However, if she starts out overweight, she should gain a little less. On the flip side, if a woman is underweight when she conceives, we want her to gain a little bit more.

By Kathryn on 5/4/2015 12:06 PM

kaleIf you think you’ve waited too long to incorporate a healthy diet and physical activity into your daily routine, you can still start today. In this article, CTMC Dietitian Stephanie Burns, RD, LD, provides some helpful guidelines that apply to women’s nutrition.



By Kathryn on 4/12/2015 3:53 PM

woman with mapCTMC Dietitian Stephanie Burns helps you get back to the basics of what a healthy plate should look like.

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