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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 3/17/2016 3:17 PM


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

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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 11:57 AM

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We welcome you to participate in the 30th Annual CREATION HealthCheck, Hays County’s largest health screening and fair.  This event is built to provide you with the most current and valuable health services available.  

By Kathryn on 1/31/2016 11:47 AM

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We polled our Facebook readers to find out where a family can enjoy a day trip or weekend with limited expense. Here are some great suggestions for your own spring adventures. Happy trails!

By Kathryn on 1/31/2016 11:43 AM

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Migraine headaches are painful and often debilitating. Symptoms of a migraine can include a pounding headache, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light.

By Kathryn on 1/31/2016 11:36 AM

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Venous ulcers are shallow wounds, most frequently found in the legs, that are instigated by trauma. They fail to heal due to improper functioning of venous valves, leading to slowed venous blood circulation, leg swelling and persistent draining ulcers that can be painful, debilitating and resistant to normal healing.

By Kathryn on 1/31/2016 11:16 AM

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Central Texas Medical Center has made several strides in robotic surgery since the first case was completed at the hospital in 2012. This infographic illustrates how CTMC's robotic surgery program has grown. 

By Kathryn on 1/31/2016 11:12 AM

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Many couples face infertility, but options such as In Vitro Fertilization can help them become parents. 

By Kathryn on 1/31/2016 11:06 AM

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Even when precautions are taken, cardiovascular illness can strike at an early age. At 24 years old, New Braunfels native Kayde Campbell Wolf began struggling with bouts of fatigue and had trouble breathing while sleeping.

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

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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 1/31/2016 10:43 AM

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San Marcos and the Hill Country are unique because there are year-round allergies. Dr. Michael Blair, an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist with Live Oak Health Partners, has been helping Central Texans combat allergies since 2012. 

By Kathryn on 1/31/2016 10:17 AM

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Added sugars in your foods and drinks can sabotage your best efforts to achieve a healthy weight. This post provides a list of items that often contain more sugar than you would expect.

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

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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 11/24/2015 3:48 PM

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Getting a flu shot is great for protecting yourself, but it’s also important for keeping your family, co-workers and friends safe because the flu is highly contagious.

By Kathryn on 11/23/2015 11:38 AM

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Some studies show that weight loss surgery can reverse diabetes and the complications associated with it. Approximately 70 percent of patients who are on insulin going into weight loss surgery will come off of their insulin completely following the procedure, specifically with gastric bypass. 

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 3:51 PM

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Would you like to sip from the fountain of youth? Well, you can fill up your cup with great strategies for living a long and vital life. The science behind longevity continues to build, but here’s what we know now.

By Kathryn on 11/5/2015 3:46 PM

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Diabetes is a word, not a ‘sentence.’ This is the mantra for diabetics who have found success managing their disorder. The CTMC diabetes team wants everyone to feel this same sense of hope. 

By Kathryn on 11/5/2015 3:34 PM

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Periodontal diseases affect the tissues and bones that support the teeth. These conditions are typically painless before they become severe, which enhances the importance of routine checkups. Keeping up with oral hygiene is important in all phases of life, but the risk of periodontal diseases can increase with age for several reasons.

By Kathryn on 11/5/2015 3:30 PM

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As we age, it’s inevitable that muscle tone and reaction time decrease. The mechanisms in our inner ear that provide balance deteriorate and our body’s ability to determine its own position, motion and equilibrium decreases, too. All of these things lead to a higher probability of falling for older adults.

By Kathryn on 11/5/2015 3:21 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 11/5/2015 3:15 PM

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End-of-life care includes a wide range of services from a team of professionals who comes to the home or assisted living facility around the clock. 

By Kathryn on 11/5/2015 3:09 PM

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The best way to inform emergency response teams of your health needs is to have a completed Personal Health Information kit (PHI) in your home.

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 10/29/2015 3:01 PM

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Don't miss our upcoming healthy living classes, holiday festivities  and more!

By Kathryn on 10/29/2015 12:44 PM

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In a national announcement made recently, Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) in San Marcos earned the only “A” grade for patient safety in the I-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio. This ranking comes from the Leapfrog Group, an independent national hospital watchdog organization.  

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

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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

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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. 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

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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

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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. 

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