5 Tips to Make Your ER Visit Less Stressful

16082_Healthy-You-Tip-Stephen-FooskasNo one wants to think about a medical emergency, but it’s wise to be prepared should the unexpected happen. “There are things you can do to relieve your anxiety, and help your ER doctors and nurses care for you,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) emergency medicine physician Stephen Fooskas, MD, with LVPG Emergency Medicine.

Here are five things you can do to get the most out of your ER visit: Read More »

Extreme Feelings: Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

HYT619If one word could describe pregnancy and new motherhood, it would likely be joy. For some women, sadness and anxiety are the words that best describe their feelings. “These feelings are felt by a lot of new mothers,” says obstetrician/gynecologist Beth Berger, DO, with LVPG Obstetrics and Gynecology–Valley Center Parkway and co-author of a paper about postpartum depression screening. “For many women, those feelings will go away on their own, but in some cases moms need additional care to manage anxiety or deep-rooted sadness.” Read More »

Eat, Limit and Avoid These Foods to Keep Your Pipes Clean

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If you constantly wash items down the drain of your kitchen sink that you shouldn’t, eventually the pipes get blocked. The same is true with your arteries when you eat things you shouldn’t.

“Eating unhealthy foods can cause your arteries to get blocked with plaque, a condition called atherosclerosis,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network cardiologist James Sandberg, MD, with LVPG Cardiology–1250 Cedar Crest. “When plaque buildup prevents blood from passing through your arteries, it can lead to a heart attack, stroke or blood circulation problems that can affect your organs, arms and legs.”

To keep your pipes clean, exercise regularly and remember the things you should… Read More »

Share Your Story, Find Hope Through Support Groups

HYT65Every life is bound to include its share of difficult times, and some of those can be overwhelming. Health issues, emotional problems, trying personal situations – managing them can be a challenge. Each one can make you feel like you’re alone. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Support groups present the opportunity to share perspective with people facing situations similar to yours. What they have to say may be a source of comfort and therapy for you. What you have to say may offer the same for them. Read More »

You Can Lower Your Risk for Osteoporosis

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The only thing certain in life is change. Sometimes that change – like menopause – can bring on more than you expect. During menopause, estrogen levels drop dramatically, which puts women at greater risk for osteoporosis – when bones become thin, porous and more susceptible to fracture. Osteoporosis is a preventable disease. Making lifestyle changes like diet and exercise can help slow bone density loss and reduce a woman’s lifetime risk for fracture.

Bone mass builds during childhood and adolescence. By the time a young woman reaches ages 18 to 20, she’s acquired 80 to 90 percent of her adult bone mass. Read More »