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  • When to Go to the ER: 5 Symptoms to Never Ignore

    Although it may seem obvious what warrants a trip to the ER, some signs and symptoms are often ignored when they shouldn’t be, which can turn into a bigger health emergency as you wait. Five Symptoms That Shouldn’t be Ignored Chest Pain: Any pain in chest accompanied by shortness of breath, sweating, pain that radiates to neck, jaw, or arms, or if you have family history of heart attacks Abdominal Pain: Any intense localized abdominal pain, or abdominal pain accompanied by […]

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation: What You Need To Know

    Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) is commonly recommended for patients who are recovering from heart attacks, heart failure, and heart surgery or other coronary procedures such as stenting or angioplasty. In a cardiac rehab program, patients work with healthcare professionals to accomplish the following: Receive a medical evaluation to access needs and limitations Personalize a rehabilitation program Set up a physical activity schedule based on personal needs Gain lifestyle education and heart condition management tools Receive counseling, support, and additional resources Benefits […]

  • Heart Screenings for a Healthy Heart

      Coronary artery disease and peripheral artery disease (PAD) can be extremely serious and potentially deadly health problems many men and women face in the U.S. However, IASIS Healthcare Utah offers heart function screenings that can give you and your doctor a better look at your overall health. Coronary artery disease refers to the narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries from the buildup of cholesterol and plaques. This buildup restricts blood flow to the heart. If the blood supply […]

  • The Importance of Exercise as You Progress After Weight Loss Surgery

    Most people would agree that exercise is a major part of a healthy lifestyle. For weight loss, the combination of healthy eating and exercise can yield the desired results. However, in some cases, lifestyle changes are not enough and surgical treatment options may be on the table. Although bariatric surgery has the potential to treat obesity and other comorbidities, exercise should also be a part of the weight-loss program, even before surgery takes place. Exercise before bariatric surgery Beginning a […]

  • Managing Back Pain, Treatment Options for a Happy Back

    Back pain is a common complaint, and most people have or will experience back pain in their lifetime. Most causes of back pain stem from overuse, injury, or pressure on nerve roots in the spinal canal. Although back pain and stiffness can be a nuisance and, in some cases, debilitating, there are treatment measures you can take to prevent or manage most episodes. Common causes of back pain Muscle or ligament strain Bulging or ruptured spinal discs Disc degeneration Injuries […]

  • When Poor Air Quality is Dangerous for Your Health

    Although winter brings perfect snow for our ski resorts every year, it also drags in the inversion. During the winter, colder air, which is dense, settles in the valley, while warmer air stays on top. Air pollutants become trapped in the cold air, forming a thick blanket of smog that we breathe in. Inversion can contribute to: Asthma Chronic bronchitis Pneumonia Pulmonary disease Heart disease and stroke When to seek medical attention If you develop a persistent cough or wheezing […]

  • The Connection Between Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

    The prevalence of obesity in the United States is steadily increasing, and the rate at which Americans are developing health problems related to excess weight is also on the rise. Approximately one-third of the U.S. population is obese and two-thirds of the population is overweight. Type 2 diabetes is a disease often linked to obesity and can be a great cause for concern if left untreated. While some people with type 2 diabetes can gain control of this disease through […]

  • Slips and Falls—Avoiding a Broken Bone or Sprain During the Holidays

    With cold temperatures and an icy ground, the risk of a serious injury from falling on ice increases. A sprain is an injury to a joint and has three different degrees of severity—first-degree sprains can usually be cared for at home. A fracture in a bone generally takes a bit more force than a sprain, but the two can be difficult to differentiate. But, how can you avoid these injuries this season? Tips for avoiding slips and falls Improve balance […]

  • Holiday Blues and How to Cultivate Happiness

    The holiday season can be a time of high stress and anxiety for everyone, but, for some people, it can feel like it is too much to handle. Depression during the winter, whether it is seasonal or major, can feel debilitating. However, if you try to follow some helpful tips, you can potentially minimize the amount of holiday stress. Healthy Tips to Prevent Holiday Blues 1. Acknowledge your emotions: Expressing your feelings is not a bad thing, and it can […]

  • Holiday Weight Maintenance—A Gift to Your Overall Health

    Traditionally, the holiday season is full of rich, buttery comfort food shared with family and friends. Although everyone deserves a little break from his or her regular diets, it doesn’t mean binging on holiday favorites is the best idea. Holiday weight gain is common, but it can be minimized or avoided if you consider a few tips during the season. Holiday Weight Maintenance  1. Pace yourself: When eating a meal with your family or enjoying appetizers at a party, slow down […]

  • Adult Substance Abuse—How Much is Too Much?

      Substance abuse is a serious and sometimes life-threatening issue that needs to be addressed if identified in a friend or family member. Although it is never an easy discussion to have, you could potentially save a life by reaching out. Recovering from an addiction will take time, patience, and support. Jordan Valley Medical Center has an inpatient medical stabilization service for adults who seek assistance with managing withdrawal symptoms after the cessation of certain substances. This service is called […]

  • Holiday Pitfalls—Tips for Staying Healthy During Flu Season

    The holiday season is full of love, cheer, and plenty of cold temperatures. For everyone, especially elderly individuals and the very young, the holiday season also carries one major health concern—the flu. Flu Season—What you need to know Influenza, or flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. The virus spreads through the upper and/or lower respiratory tract, which can lead to congestion, sore throat, sneezing, body aches, and fever. The symptoms of flu tend to come on […]

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