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By Kathryn on 5/28/2019 8:59 AM

Women's stroke symptoms can go unrecognized and delay lifesaving treatment. Read some helpful tips that could save a life.

By Kathryn on 5/10/2019 7:57 AM

With Mother’s Day approaching, we found it only fitting to tell you about one of our nurses who was inspired by her mother from a very young age.

By Kathryn on 5/8/2019 8:39 AM

Nursing is a very rewarding job on many fronts. It's a job that is more than tending to a patient's bedside. CTMC's Pam Fosters is a glowing example of this. Being a nurse, Pam has helped patients return to a healthy life, but it has also led her to her passion: helping the people of Burundi.

By Kathryn on 4/11/2019 2:36 PM

A career in the healthcare industry led Sue to volunteering at CTMC for the last 15 years, and she has no intention of stopping. Read more about this special woman and what she has to say about our volunteers.

By Kathryn on 3/22/2019 1:19 PM
The nicer weather we’ve been experiencing the last few weeks has made it easier to get outside and get active. Did you know that walking is one of the most beneficial activities you can do? That’s right! Simply getting out and going for a walk has a ton of health benefits.
By Kathryn on 3/14/2019 1:14 PM
Once negativity sets in, it can be hard to overcome. It relentlessly grabs hold of your thought processes and holds on tight. And if you aren’t careful, it can turn into an endless cycle.
By Kathryn on 2/6/2019 12:53 PM
What we eat is our first defense against heart disease. This salmon recipe is super easy and so yummy!
By Kathryn on 2/6/2019 12:46 PM
What we eat is our first defense against heart disease. The next time you're craving something sweet (like in 30 seconds), try this delicious avocado-chocolate mousse! Delicious and oh-so sweet-tooth satisfying.
By Kathryn on 2/6/2019 12:16 PM
What we eat can be our first defense against heart disease. Try this refreshing salad of asparagus and marinated artichoke with fresh goat cheese.
By Kathryn on 10/15/2018 2:29 PM
Washing your hands is your first defense to keep yourself and your family healthy. Ensuring you're washing your hands properly is something to focus on daily, especially with flu season coming up. On Global Handwashing Day, take the time to review the CDC's best practices.
By Kathryn on 10/3/2018 8:22 AM
Who doesn't love all things pumpkin this time of year? Give this healthy, fall breakfast from CTMC Dietitian Stephanie Burns, RD, LD a try!
By Kathryn on 9/28/2018 1:52 PM

Olivia Newton-John, most widely known for her role in the film, Grease, recently spoke out about her cancer journey, from her first breast cancer diagnosis in 1992 to her recent announcement that it had returned in 2013 and again in 2017.

By Kathryn on 9/17/2018 9:31 AM

October is recognized as national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I always say the biggest risk for developing breast cancer is having breasts. The second largest risk factor is your age. Because you are only going to get older, you are limited when it comes to the things you can do to reduce your breast cancer risk.

By Kathryn on 8/30/2018 8:09 AM

Football season is finally here ! While delicious, tailgate foods tend to be high in calories and sodium. Ahead of National Tailgating Day, check out these healthier options recommended by CTMC Dietitian Stephanie Burns.

By Kathryn on 8/27/2018 10:35 AM

As a culture, we’re communicating more than ever. But according to recent studies, it turns out we also feel incredibly isolated and lonely.

By Kathryn on 3/29/2017 3:23 PM

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Darrell and Barbara Piersol value their community hospital.

By Kathryn on 3/29/2017 2:54 PM

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By Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 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 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 11/22/2016 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 Kathryn 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 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 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 Kathryn 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.

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. 

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