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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 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

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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

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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 8/31/2015 2:56 PM

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Don't miss our upcoming healthy living classes, 9-11 Memorial Luncheon and more!

By Kathryn on 8/31/2015 2:44 PM

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Central Texas Medical Center recently acquired laser artherectomy, or laser catheter, equipment to help pulverize plaque in blocked arteries. The laser catheter is a very important tool that gives cardiologists the ability to treat the most severe cases by making stents and balloons more deliverable.

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

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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 2:08 PM

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In our recent social media survey, we asked you to share topics that are embarrassing to discuss with your physician. We’ve called on local doctors to help alleviate your fears.

By Kathryn on 8/7/2015 2:03 PM

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It's a great time to customize your family’s first aid kit. Check expiration dates, freshen up your supplies and personalize contents based on your loved ones’ allergies, diabetic needs and frequent complaints. Here are some tips for a well-stocked first aid kit.

By Kathryn on 8/7/2015 1:57 PM

Live Oak Occupational Health Clinic

Are you on top of your home’s safety status? Here are some guidelines for child-proofing your baby’s castle.

By Kathryn on 8/7/2015 1:49 PM

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This fall, Live Oak Health Partners will open the only dedicated occupational medicine clinic in Hays County, to focus on keeping our local workforce healthy and productive. 

By Kathryn on 8/7/2015 1:47 PM

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Maximize your next doctor visit with a few steps.

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

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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 7/31/2015 3:01 PM

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You don't always have to go to a gym to exercise. CTMC Physical Therapist Alan Cross shares tips for toning up using things you have around the house.

By Kathryn on 7/31/2015 2:56 PM

baby in suitcase

As your due date approaches, you’ll want to have a well-packed suitcase designed for your every comfort and convenience. In fact, you’ll want two. One bag will contain items needed for labor. The other bag will hold the things you’ll want once you’re settled into your room.

By Kathryn on 7/31/2015 2:36 PM

Bobby Ewell

Bobby Ewell, a retired teacher and coach, enjoys a quiet life with his wife tending to their horses and cattle outside of Seguin. When he discovered he had a blockage in his artery this spring, CTMC's laser atherectomy technology helped him get back to his usual ranch work.

By Kathryn on 7/31/2015 2:20 PM

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Many new moms and those who have been raising children for years We all recognize the importance of being active. What challenges many of us is finding the motivation to be active on a regular basis. If vague goals such as “better health” or “weight control” aren’t working for you, here are some other tips for staying motivated.

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 7/21/2015 1:30 PM

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Many new moms and those who have been raising children for years would like to improve their appearance after the physical rigors of pregnancy and motherhood make their mark. With a Mommy Makeover, Dr. Pradeep Mohan can renew your appearance, eliminate excess fat deposits, and reduce the fine lines and wrinkles for a more youthful and contoured look.

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

lactation nurse with new mother and baby

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

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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

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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 6/26/2015 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.

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