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Diabetes greatly increases the risk of heart disease

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Carolyn McGinn, MS, RD, LD

Nutritionist/Health Educator

Lawrence County Health Department

1080 Meadowbrook Lane

Louisa, KY 41230

606-638-4389, Fax 606-638-3008

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LOUISA, Kentucky, February 2, 2016 – With so much health information and so many sources, it’s a challenge to sort through it all and decide what is most important. At Three Rivers Medical Center, our physicians and staff are dedicated to promoting awareness and understanding of current health news and recommendations.

“Our patients come in with so much health-related information and advice – some of it conflicting – from television, radio, the internet, and even from well-meaning friends and family,” said Dr. Ronald Ross, ER Physician at TRMC. “We work with each patient to understand their unique health goals and challenges and to develop a plan they can follow in their busy lives.”

There are many important things you can do to enhance your health but general consensus centers around these top five points. If you can succeed in making these actions part of your life, you will likely see and feel the benefits quickly.

Eat Real Food. This single choice affects so many areas of health, longevity and well-being, it simply has to be first in any list of healthy habits to adopt. If you can’t stand counting calories, carbs or fat grams, make it easy on yourself. Opt for foods that grow from the earth at least 75% of the time. Add in some lean protein sources like chicken, grass-fed beef or fish, and keep all forms of sugar to a minimum. Finally, avoid hunger and cravings by increasing your healthy fat intake – olive and coconut oils, avocados and unsalted nuts.

Get Strong. Getting some form of physical activity every day should be a top priority for everyone from children to seniors. However, many patients experiencing health issues like obesity, arthritis and chronic pain fail to understand the importance of performing weight-bearing exercise at least three times a week. Some women purposely avoid it, subscribing to the myth that they will bulk up.

“There is evidence that resistance-training offers benefits to both orthopedic and cardiovascular health,” said Dr. Ross. “Studies show weight-bearing exercises produce increased blood flow and a longer drop in blood pressure post-workout, making it an important complement to the benefits of aerobic exercise.”

Go Outside. Research over the past decade has focused on risks associated with low vitamin D levels. Low levels of D are now believed to be linked to premature death from virtually all causes, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. They have also been tied to a higher incidence of cognitive impairment in later life, and asthma in all age groups. The best way to absorb vitamin D is through the sun, even when temperatures are cold. So, in honor of February’s Heart Month, get your family or a friend and go outside on the next sunny day.

Don’t Smoke. Ever. Period.

Be Happy. In a recent statement by the American Heart Association on women and heart disease, studies revealed that stress and depression can influence both the onset and course of

heart disease in women. Credible evidence indicates people who see themselves as content, happy, and socially and mentally active, have a significantly lower incidence of heart disease than their counterparts with high levels of anxiety or depression. Obviously, this is only one reason to strive for happiness, but it’s a good one. Make time for fun with friends and family, do something nice for yourself or someone else, practice tolerance and gratitude. In addition to feeling good, you’ll actually live longer!

Make an appointment with a physician if you need help creating a healthy action plan for the coming year. To find a physician or learn more about heart healthy choices, visit www.threeriversmedicalcenter.com or call 606-638-9451.

About Three Rivers Medical Center

Three Rivers Medical Center is your community healthcare provider; a 90-bed acute care facility accredited by The Joint Commission. We believe in the power of people to create great care. We provide essential hospital essential hospital services and are proud to house an accredited Chest Pain Center and a Sleep Disorders Center. And we work hard every day to be a place of healing, caring and connection for patients and families in the community we call home.

JANUARY 19, 2016

  

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

LOUISA, Kentucky, January 19, 2016 – One of the great success stories in cancer research, since annual Pap test cervical cancer screenings were introduced in the 1950s, cases of what was once the number one cancer in women have plummeted. Human Papillovirus (HPV) vaccination has further reduced the numbers.

“Today, we know cervical cancer can be prevented with proper screening to find pre-cancers before they develop into invasive cancer,” said Dr. Timothy Yoost, Urologist at Three Rivers Medical Center. “If a pre-cancer is found, it can be treated, stopping cervical cancer before it really starts.”

One factor in cervical cancer is the prevalence of the human papilloma virus (HPV) in society. An estimated 80% of sexually active women will become infected with the virus at some point, but of the more than 100 strains of HPV identified, only a few high-risk strains are connected to cervical cancer. The vast majority of HPV infections resolve without any treatment or intervention.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends young women and men receive HPV vaccination at 11 or 12 years of age to provide the best protection long before the start of any sexual activity. Catch-up vaccines are recommended for males through age 21 and for females through 26 years of age. In females, vaccination helps protect against two types of HPV that cause 70 percent of cervical cancer cases.

“Unfortunately, the CDC reports more than 4,000 U.S. women still die from cervical cancer every year,” said Dr. Yoost. “Women at risk of dying from the disease today are those who have been screened infrequently – or not at all.”

Recently, changing guidelines about screening frequency have created confusion. What used to be a clear direction from the American Cancer Society – “get a yearly Pap test” – has become less clear. Recommended time between screenings is now longer, and two separate tests are available.

While not all physicians agree on the new guidelines, following are good rules from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Cancer Society to protect yourself against cervical cancer. Be proactive in discussing with your doctor whether these screening guidelines are right for you.

  • All women should begin cervical cancer screening via a Pap test at age 21.

  • Women between the ages of 21 and 29 should have a Pap test at least every three years. HPV

    testing should be done only if needed after an abnormal Pap test.

  • Women between the ages of 30 and 65 should have both a Pap test and an HPV test at least

    every five years.

  • Women over 65 who have had regular screenings with normal results should not be screened

    for cervical cancer.

  • Women who are at increased risk for cervical cancer may need to increase the frequency of

    these screenings. Notably, African American and Hispanic women have a higher incidence of cervical cancer than other ethnic groups.

In short, the American Cancer Society no longer recommends getting a Pap test every year, because it generally takes longer than that (10-20 years) for cervical cancer to develop. As the debate continues, there is also the option to have a separate test for HPV alone. Again, discuss with your doctor the appropriate actions based on your age, lifestyle and risk factors.

To find a physician or learn more about taking care of your health, visit www.kentuckyurology.com or call 606-638-7488.

About Three Rivers Medical Center

Three Rivers Medical Center is your community healthcare provider; a 90-bed acute care facility accredited by The Joint Commission. We believe in the power of people to create great care. We provide essential hospital essential hospital services and are proud to house an accredited Chest Pain Center and a Sleep Disorders Center. And we work hard every day to be a place of healing, caring and connection for patients and families in the community we call home.

About Dr. Timothy Yoost, M.D.

Dr. is a board certified physician trained in treating illnesses and injuries specific to the urological tract, providing preventative care to help keep you healthy. Dr. Yoost and his practice, Kentucky Urology Associates, treats people of all ages at Three Rivers Medical Plaza, located next to the hospital in Suite #102.

Call 606-638-7488 for a same- or next-day appointment. 

JANUARY 25, 2016

Eastern KY Volunteer heads to Flint, MI to assist with water distribution

Eastern Kentucky Chapter volunteer, Jeffery Wilson, from Hazel Green in Wolfe County KY is heading to Flint, MI to support the water distribution efforts.Ashland, Kentucky, January 25, 2016 - Eastern Kentucky Chapter volunteer, Jeffery Wilson, from Hazel Green in Wolfe County KY is heading to Flint, MI to support the water distribution efforts.

Jeffrey has been a volunteer for the American Red Cross for over 10 years; deploying close to 40 times all over the United States. His most recent deployments included Idaho, South Carolina and Texas in 2015.  

Jeffery specializes in Mass Care, but is also trained to assist in Client Casework & Recovery, Disaster Cycle Services Logistics, and Operations.     

 

Flint Water Crisis Overview and Red Cross Response

Flint’s tap water became contaminated with too much lead after the city switched its water supply in 2014 to save money while under state financial management. Local officials first declared a public health emergency in October in response to tests that showed children with elevated levels of lead. And on January 16, President Obama declared a state of emergency in Flint.

In coordination with government and community partners, the Red Cross is supporting the crisis. Flint has a population of just under 100,000 people - approximately 45,000 households. So far, the Red Cross has visited more than 27,000 homes to provide relief supplies and offer support services. Volunteers have distributed more than 60,000 items, including cases of water, water filters, educational materials and testing kits. These filters have a 3-month lifespan so there will be a need to distribute additional filters and information to residents in the future. We are also serving meals and snacks – more than 7,700 to date – for volunteers on the operation.

More than 1,000 Red Crossers, both volunteers and staff, have assisted the operation so far. Trained Red Cross logistics specialists are working closely with government officials to identify vulnerable populations and develop operational plans for the coming months. We are working in close communication with Genesee County Emergency Management, the County Health Department and other partners to further evaluate community assets and develop long-term filter distribution plans.

At this time, the Red Cross has not identified a need for water donations, as the government is the lead for procuring all needed water supplies. According to our team on the ground, the government and other local nonprofit partners have even reached capacity or are nearing capacity of bottled water donations in their warehouses.

 Prepare

Red Cross Emergency App

The all-inclusive Emergency app combines more than 35 emergency alerts to help keep the user safe, including information about what to do in case of winter weather, floods, tornadoes, wildfires and more. Users can find it in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps. Some of the many features of the app include:

•             A single map provides shelter locations and weather information.

•             Information on emergency first aid for situations such as cold-related emergencies and safety after floods.

 

In dedicated service,

Joanna King

Executive Director

Eastern Kentucky Chapter

American Red Cross

4201 Blackburn Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101

O: 606-325-1626 I M: 606-831-8035 I F: 606-329-1507

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JANUARY 18, 2016

Louisa, Ky. – Three Rivers Medical Center is pleased to welcome the addition of Nurse Practitioner, Tammy Webb, APRN, PMHNP-BC, specialized in psychiatry, to the Three Rivers Psychiatric Associates staff.

With over 15 years working in mental health, Webb is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Utilizing evidence - based treatments in mental health management, she treats and cares for all types of mental illnesses.

Webb received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Morehead State University and furthered her education receiving a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Louisville. Prior to joining the team at Three Rivers, Tammy Webb was a seasoned Nurse Practitioner for psychiatric care at the VA in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, for over eight years.

Joining TRMC, Webb will be complementing the medical staff of Three Rivers Psychiatric Associates, staffed by Corazon Chua, M.D., Michael J. Light, M.D, and Sheila Short, APRN, PMHNP-BC.

Three Rivers Psychiatric Associates, will be expanding its outreach with Tammy Webb, who will be located at 958 Broadway, in Paintsville, Kentucky, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Referrals are not necessary (walk-ins welcome) and appointments are now being made, for all four providers, by calling 606.789.8222.

Tammy Webb

 

Tammy Webb, APRN, PMHNP-BC is excited about joining the staff at Three Rivers Medical Center. Specialized in treating mental health illnesses, Webb will be seeing patients at the Paintsville location, which is also the current outreach office of Three Rivers Gastroenterology, with Tom Frazier, M.D. and Lynn Hill, APRN.