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Hill Country Health Blog

Author: Created: 5/3/2012 10:29 AM
Hill Country Health is CTMC's quarterly magazine. The digital version includes interactive extras throughout the year, providing a resource you can draw from frequently for tips about fitness, nutrition and ways to enhance your overall well-being.
By Kathryn on 6/26/2015 1:43 PM
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CREATION Health is CTMC’s wellness philosophy, where 8 principles add up to complete wellness. Today, we invite you to focus on creating an Environment that makes a positive impact on your mood and health.

By Kathryn on 6/15/2015 3:39 PM

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Eating out at a restaurant should be a treat, and it’s okay to indulge from time to time. However, making healthy selections can be a challenge when dining out. Follow these guidelines to eat smarter at restaurants. 

By Kathryn on 6/8/2015 3:34 PM

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There’s no place like home when you’re recuperating from an illness or hospital stay. Being in the comfort of your home with family, friends and pets gives you a sense of independence, privacy and control, and can lead to a faster recovery.

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 5/18/2015 4:46 PM

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CTMC Dietitian Stephanie Burns explains why exercise remains important for women as they age.

By Kathryn on 5/11/2015 4:12 PM

woman with mapThe breasts and abdomen go through significant changes during pregnancy. Dr. Pradeep Mohan with the Aesthetic Center at Live Oak Health partners explains procedures that can address these issues.

By Kathryn on 5/5/2015 3:58 PM

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This guide will help you stay on top of health needs and screenings from your 20s through your 60s

By Kathryn on 5/5/2015 3:38 PM

vaccinePreviously, the drug Gardasil was effective against 4 types of HPV. Now there is Gardasil 9, approved by the FDA earlier this year. It is effective against 9 HPV strains.

By Kathryn on 5/5/2015 3:36 PM

hearing aidsWhile men are more likely to have more significant hearing loss, women have been found to decide to do something about their hearing earlier than their dads and husbands. 

By Kathryn on 5/5/2015 3:33 PM

da Vinci robot arm holding diamondAging gracefully? Healthy living will add joy and longevity to your life, but it might not ward off the need for gynecological surgery at some point.

By Kathryn on 5/5/2015 3:31 PM

Baca twinsThe Baca's twin boys were born just shy of 34 weeks - 6 weeks premature. Andreas weighed 5lb. 8oz, and Alesandro was only 3lb. 14oz.  The boys did not have any complications outside of their gestational age and size, but still needed to stay in CTMC’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for two weeks.

By Kathryn on 5/5/2015 3:29 PM

woman getting mammogramThe Women’s Center for Breast Health at Central Texas Medical Center was designed as a spa-like setting for assessing breast health and finding the resources for any further action.  Because breast cancer is treatable, the center is a place of hope.

By Kathryn on 5/5/2015 12:26 PM

osteoperosis graphicOsteoporosis is a progressive bone disease that is characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density which can lead to an increased risk of fracture. In osteoporosis, bone minerals become less dense, the architecture of the bone deteriorates and the amount and variety of proteins in bone are changed.

By Kathryn on 5/5/2015 12:20 PM

heart shaped leafThe risk for heart disease rises as our bodies and hearts age. For women, symptoms might become more evident once menopause begins.  

By Kathryn on 5/5/2015 12:18 PM

Do more for your floor graphicThe pelvic floor is a set of muscles that spread across the bottom of the pelvic cavity like a hammock. A common consequence of a weak pelvic floor is the involuntary leakage of urine or stool.

By Kathryn on 5/5/2015 12:15 PM

woman sitting Indian styleAs women age, injury and everyday wear and tear can lead to problems with joints in the shoulder, hip and particularly the knee. Dr. Amanda Ivy, orthopaedic specialist, now provides Single Portal Arthroscopy (SPA) for her patients. She is one of only four surgeons in Texas who has advanced to this modern approach.

By Kathryn on 5/5/2015 12:13 PM

paper dolls in handsSupplying nutritious weekend meals to disadvantaged school children, fostering self-esteem in adolescent girls and providing counseling services for uninsured women and children are only a few of the local initiatives the Women’s Council of the Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) Foundation has supported. 

By Kathryn on 5/5/2015 12:11 PM

gestational diabetes babyE.J. was born 4 weeks premature and, although he weighed 7 lb. 11 ounces, he suffered from jaundice and hypoglycemia as a result of his mother's gestational diabetes. He spent several weeks in CTMC’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit getting stabilized.

By Kathryn on 5/4/2015 2:52 PM
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CREATION Health is CTMC’s wellness philosophy, where 8 principles add up to complete wellness. CREATION is an acronym that was developed by Adventist Health System, CTMC’s parent company. Today, we invite you to focus on Choice and Rest.

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 4/26/2015 3:59 PM

woman with mapThe gall bladder is a storage organ for bile that is susceptible to forming stones. Today, gallbladder removal is less invasive with da Vinci robotic surgery.

By Kathryn on 4/19/2015 3:56 PM

woman with mapA hernia is a hole in the muscles of the abdominal wall that needs to be patched. In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Erik Anderson, a general surgeon with Live Oak Health Partners, tells you more about hernias and how to address them.

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.

By Kathryn on 4/5/2015 3:47 PM

woman with mapDuring the past three years, Live Oak Walk-In Care has taken pride in working with local businesses and manufacturers. Live Oak Walk-In Care provides occupational medicine services to help companies ensure a healthy workforce.

By Kathryn on 3/22/2015 3:12 PM

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While colonoscopies have decreased the incidence of colon cancer in the United States, there are still many people who avoid the screening. In this health tip, Dr. Shannon Marek of Gastroenterology San Marcos-New Braunfels, discusses colon cancer and the importance of detecting polyps early.

By Kathryn on 3/8/2015 3:08 PM

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Jasmine Burrington, a doctor of audiology at the Hearing Center at Live Oak Health Partners, discusses the signs and causes of hearing loss and urges people of all ages to schedule hearing consultation.

By Kathryn on 3/1/2015 2:39 PM

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Dr. Erik Anderson, a general surgeon for Live Oak Health Partners, discusses the benefits of robotic-assisted weight loss surgery.

By Kathryn on 2/27/2015 2:50 PM

Stent with balloon angioplasty infographicCTMC’s cardiac catheterization lab in San Marcos allows our cardiologists to perform life-saving heart procedures, but the technology recently revealed a new purpose at CTMC.

By Kathryn on 2/26/2015 2:33 PM

San Marcos Resident David Rhoads Jr. found himself at the CTMC Heart Center after suffering symptoms that mirrored a past cardiac event. 

By Kathryn on 2/25/2015 2:47 PM

Nurse praying with patientIn addition to providing award-winning cardiac care, CTMC offers hope for hearts that are hurting.

By Kathryn on 2/22/2015 2:11 PM

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CTMC Chief Medical Officer Lee Johannsen, MD, discusses stroke symptoms and the consequences of waiting too long to get help.

By Kathryn on 2/18/2015 2:40 PM

Do you know about the major medications in your cardiac physician's toolbox for preventing and treating heart attacks and strokes?

By Kathryn on 2/15/2015 2:07 PM

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Cardiac rehabilitation at Central Texas Medical Center is a program that helps patients return to a healthy and active life after suffering a cardiac event.

By Kathryn on 2/11/2015 2:14 PM
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What is blood pressure, what do the numbers mean and what are high blood pressure risks? Get the answers now. 

By Kathryn on 2/8/2015 1:57 PM

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Dr. Anthony Cedrone of Austin Heart offers advice for maintaining good cardiovascular health.

By Kathryn on 2/4/2015 1:13 PM

Whether you have heart disease, have a family risk, or would like to prevent it, CTMC Registered Dietitian Stephanie Burns gives guidelines you should live by to keep your heart healthy.

By Kathryn on 2/1/2015 1:10 PM
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CTMC Dietitian Stephanie Burns shares tips for eating a heart healthy diet.

By Kathryn on 11/20/2014 5:04 PM
Slash calories from some of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes. CTMC Dietitian Stephanie Burns shows you how in this SlideShare presentation. 
By Kathryn on 10/15/2014 2:38 PM
Signs and symptoms are the ways our body tells us that something is not right. Like most cancers, mesothelioma is characterized by a list of symptoms, but unlike other cancers, early signs of this disease are not easily recognizable. Guest Blogger Kaitlyn Teabo gives the early and advanced symptoms of mesothelioma.
By Kathryn on 7/8/2014 1:47 PM
Do you struggle to eat healthy? Add nutrient-dense foods to your diet with these tips and tricks. (Recipes Included!)
By Kathryn on 5/8/2014 3:38 PM
It's okay if you missed CTMC's last healthy cooking class on May 7. Get the recipes here and be the hit of every summer bash you attend.
By Kathryn on 2/10/2014 4:12 PM
Increasing fiber intake promotes healthy cholesterol levels and digestion. Introduce more fiber into your diet with these recipes for a savory Dijon Parmesan chicken breast, a delicious spinach and green apple salad, and black bean brownies. 
By Kathryn on 1/13/2014 11:52 AM
Protect yourself and your loved ones from catching the flu with these tips:
By Kathryn on 11/22/2013 10:45 AM
If you missed CTMC's most recent healthy cooking demonstration, this post is for you. Learn the healthy - and tasty - substitutions that will help you slash calories through the holiday season.
By Kathryn on 11/13/2013 5:20 PM
While the flu typically comes to town in winter, flu shots are recommended now. Why? Your body needs a week or two to develop the immunity a flu shot provides. So, getting the shot in the fall gives your immune system the time it needs to get ready for the bug.
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